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I seem to be experiencing, what feels like a front-end wobble when traveling over rough bumpy pavement.  Same situation in a turn while leaned over only it feels as though the front end is going to wash out from under me!!

Bike preforms well on smooth pavement.

Bike: 954
Weight of rider with gear 165lbs
I have the preload set at 10 turns out from full soft
 

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soon2b954 : I seem to be experiencing, what feels like a front-end wobble when traveling over rough bumpy pavement.  Same situation in a turn while leaned over only it feels as though the front end is going to wash out from under me!!

Bike preforms well on smooth pavement.

Bike: 954
Weight of rider with gear 165lbs
I have the preload set at 10 turns out from full soft
too much rebound maybe?

I'd say scour the internet/bookstores for all the info you can find about suspension setup.

Then I'd start with the front and rear preload, compression damping, and rebound damping settings listed in the owner's manual and go from there.

I'd also get used to referring to settings in the same language as the manual, i.e., preload is, at least in my owner's manual, measured as 'lines showing' rather than 'turns out.' Then you're talking the same language as everyone else...the standard set by the book. If that rubs your free spiritedness the wrong way, then get an interpreter.

Or if you're not that interested in learning the setup whys and wherefors and just want to ride, then you could find a qualified suspension specialist in your area and have her/him set up your bike for you.

BW
 

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BushrodW : Quote (soon2b954 @ Sep. 06 2003, 3:55pm)I seem to be experiencing, what feels like a front-end wobble when traveling over rough bumpy pavement.  Same situation in a turn while leaned over only it feels as though the front end is going to wash out from under me!!

Bike preforms well on smooth pavement.

Bike: 954
Weight of rider with gear 165lbs
I have the preload set at 10 turns out from full soft
too much rebound maybe?

I'd say scour the internet/bookstores for all the info you can find about suspension setup.

Then I'd start with the front and rear preload, compression damping, and rebound damping settings listed in the owner's manual and go from there.

I'd also get used to referring to settings in the same language as the manual, i.e., preload is, at least in my owner's manual, measured as 'lines showing' rather than 'turns out.' Then you're talking the same language as everyone else...the standard set by the book. If that rubs your free spiritedness the wrong way, then get an interpreter.

Or if you're not that interested in learning the setup whys and wherefors and just want to ride, then you could find a qualified suspension specialist in your area and have her/him set up your bike for you.

BW
I did a search before posting this question and went through most of the websites posted. Just wanted a quick answer!!

I have set the compression and rebound back to factory (was not far off) although I have left the preload at ten turns out (in the 954 manual it states turns out from full soft) if the problem persists I will set that back to factory as well. All settings were taken from a friend who measured the static sag properly and weighs a tad more then me. The bike felt great until a week ago, nothing has changed, and this I don’t understand.
 

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hmm. Have you double checked your tire pressures?

I've had my bike feel like it wants to wash out in front on bumpy turns when I've cranked the rebound damping down a bit too tightly.

BW

PS: Are there lines showing on the 954? If so, how many lines show at 10 turns out? Just curious.
 

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BushrodW : hmm. Have you double checked your tire pressures?

I've had my bike feel like it wants to wash out in front on bumpy turns when I've cranked the rebound damping down a bit too tightly.

BW

PS: Are there lines showing on the 954? If so, how many lines show at 10 turns out? Just curious.
Went for a ride today and brought my tools. Set the front preload back to factory, 7 turns out (from full soft) I don't see any lines for reference. Felt better but still not completely planted as it did before. This is one big mystery as I have had the preload set at twelve since last year and it was great!!
 

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preload is good.

But what about the rebound and compression damping settings?

What about your tire pressures?

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BushrodW : preload is good.

But what about the rebound and compression damping settings?

What about your tire pressures?

BW
Rebound and compression have been set back to factory settings.

Tire pressure, I'm running 32 in the front and 38 in the rear.

Thanks for all your help!!
 

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soon2b954 : Quote (BushrodW @ Sep. 07 2003, 7:28pm)preload is good.

But what about the rebound and compression damping settings?

What about your tire pressures?

BW
Rebound and compression have been set back to factory settings.

Tire pressure, I'm running 32 in the front and 38 in the rear.

Thanks for all your help!!  
I've not really been much help, but thank you for your thanks.

So....all is the same yet the handling has changed. Hmm...

Did you solve the issue at this point or are you still scratching the old noggin?

Just so my wee mind understands, the bike handled great for the last year set at 12 turns out from full hard and with compression and rebound damping set at not too far off from the manual settings. You'd indicated that you'd left the preoad at 10 turns. What about going to 12 turns where it worked well for the last year and trying that?

You know, something else that I've been thinking about lately....since it's been about a year and 14,000 or so miles since I had my forks redone....is how often should the fork oil be changed? Do you think that maybe we're at the time when that might be a good thing to do?

Another thing I was wondering about is if absolutely nothing else has changed, then maybe your tire wear is to the point where it's effecting your handling? For me anyway I have a propensity to be lulled into complacency and then ine day notice that my wear bars are showing on the rear and the front is cupped beyond belief. But I'm an idiot and you're prolly not.

 

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