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Old 06-25-2019, 11:06 AM   #1
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Rear shock adjustments

I have an Ohlins SU606 shock, not for racing but because sometimes bumps can be jarring to my back. I think I need to decrease the compression damping, but the rebound setting advice is confusing to me; there's a mistranslation, or I don't get what "packs down under acceleration bumps" means?

It says this:

Rebound Damping

If you have got a good feeling for the bike with spring, preload and the ride height feels OK but the bike runs low and packs down under acceleration bumps, with lost line and/or lost comfort and traction, open the rebound adjuster two [2] clicks.

If the bike is nervous and moving a lot or has a high feeling entering corners, close the rebound adjuster two [2] clicks. Fine tune one [1] click at the time.
Test run and make the necessary adjustments. For original rebound setting see the Mounting Instructions for your shock absorber.
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Old 06-25-2019, 11:44 AM   #2
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Re: Rear shock adjustments

"packs down under acceleration bumps" meaning if the rear ends up taking too long to come back to ride height after going over bumps.
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Old 06-25-2019, 11:57 AM   #3
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Re: Rear shock adjustments

If your shock rises slowly it will cause handling problems under acceleration or when you run into multiple bumps together where the shock doesn't come back to it's intended height before the next bump causing what they call "packing in". Packing in causes the rear to stay low which in turn makes the front higher than the rear causing the bike to go wide in a turn. Increasing the rebound makes the rear feel more firm and it will allow the suspension to settle into it's neutral position quicker. On that note too much rebound will cause the rear wheel to lose traction on rough surfaces so you have to find the sweet spot. Some people will press down on the rear seat and choose the rebound based on how quickly the tail rises back up.

Search Dave Moss on youtube and watch his videos a few times each, he explains everything in detail.
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