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    sag adjustment

    Anyone here done a sag adjustment with the stock shock.

    I'm getting ready to make a long trip with a loaded bike and a fat guy in the saddle, so I thought it might be a good idea to adjust the sag. Those rings look mighty flimsy.

    Any thoughts out there?
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    There's not much room to use wrench so I used blunt tip big screwdriver and a hammer.
    Rings are made from relatively soft steel (as they should).
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    The rings have enough adjustment to reduce a lot of sag, at least 15 mm or 5/8" from the stock position as delivered. Measured on my OEM shock.
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    I've done it, too. A couple of times. I have the cheap, short hand wrenches, and they work. It's not fast because of limited throw. I've also used a hammer and a punch. Either will work, if that's what you have.

    Note: Honda says to not adjust sag. I didn't care. I did it anyway.

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    I could make only 2.5 turn of adjustable ring and it stopped on top of protective ring. I turned it back 1/2 of turn.
    It raised seat by about 3 mm in unladen position. I don't know by how much sag was decreased. I didn't have a chance to test it.

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    I have ordered a custom shock from Wilbers, with remote hydraulic preload option just because of this deficiency. Though the side benefit will be improved ride from what I have read. I ride mostly solo, around 75%. But I have side and top cases like to tour, both solo and with my wife as pillion. Wilbers asks your weight with gear, your pillion's weight with gear and your luggage weight, as well as the percentage solo, with pilion and with luggage, and then builds the shock to spec. Should be really easy when we go on rides. Just crank the knob a few turns and off we go. Crank it back down when we're done for the daily ride to work.

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    I'm thinking about a Wilbers also. Which shock and who was your vendor?
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    Cogent Dynamics is located just in Fletcher, NC and they make a nice shock for the NC700X. I'm very happy with the one they custom built for me. It's an Ohlins body with Cogent touches for the NC700X.

    I ride 100% solo and rarely with luggage and cargo other that a top box. When I do put the side cases on and load up for a trip I add preload with an adjuster wheel on the bottom of the shock. It's not as handy as having a remote adjuster up higher but for use only several times a year it was worth saving $290 for the remote.
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    I had Cogent rework the shock on my DR650 and I used their springs and valve on the forks. I need to do something, but might have to wait until next year. I'm out of money. I have worked with EPM on another bike, so I thought I might try to get a Wilbers 641 from Klaus.
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    stupid question, my rings are on the bottom of the threads, is that the lowest or highest it will make the bike?
    I get 63 MPG, what do you get? Speeding tickets?
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