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Cali' 3 rear shocks

Eliminator

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Suffering a backache here. Looking at adjusting my rear shocks, Hagon 2810.

People write about sag, etc. I just want the ride to be a bit more cushioning at the moment.

These shocks have 3 adjustments for the preload.

Also have adjustment for both rebound and compression, on just the one dial.
All I read about is:

Underdamping will allow the spring to recoil too fast, Overdamping is the opposite.

Which way to go to make the suspension absorb bumps better?

My understanding is that by moving this dial it alters the size of the opening in the shock, allowing fluid to flow faster or slower.

Read on another forum while searching which way to adjust;

"The slower the speed (+damping) the more "Floaty" the bike feels. The faster the speed (-damping), the more the rear tyre reacts to changes in the road surfaces, yielding a more planted feeling, rather than the tyre skipping over bumps"

Guess I'm looking for the more "Floaty" feel.

I'd given the preload one more positive click before I left for work. bumps weren't good. Before I came home, I put one more click on the damping. the latter was more noticeable and felt better. Now I've put the spring preload on the softest setting, see how it feels tomorrow.
 

scottmastrocinque

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No self-deprication!

Cal III's are awesome! One of the most memorable rides I ever had was on a Cal III that belonged to Charlie Rice, the owner and machinist at Rennsport in Ojai, California. It was his demo and he let me blast it all over the mountains behind his home in Ojai.

That thing handled like it was on rails. I remember the wide beach bars and how much I liked them. Good times.
 

Eliminator

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Just added another +1 on the rebound, and took one revolution of the fork preload. Gradually getting there.
 
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