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Progressive 440 suggestions on adjusting

Bought some used with 1000 miles on them a couple months ago. Need some suggestions on adjusting them.. Right now they're very bouncy and hit hard. Is there a specific way to adjust or just turn spring and ride and see what you like?

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Bought some used with 1000 miles on them a couple months ago. Need some suggestions on adjusting them.. Right now they're very bouncy and hit hard. Is there a specific way to adjust or just turn spring and ride and see what you like?

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You need to adjust the ride sag to be 1/3 of the total suspension travel. That should be about an inch. Watch this video by Progressive Suspension on setting ride sag. The adjustment at the top of the shock will be softest full counter clockwise (lowest pre-load) and most stiff full clockwise (highest pre-load). If you are average weight (175-210 or so), you will likely need no adjustment, to just 1 or 2 complete turns to achieve the inch sag.


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I should've mentioned these shocks are 11.5".

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You need to adjust the ride sag to be 1/3 of the total suspension travel. That should be about an inch. Watch this video by Progressive Suspension on setting ride sag. The adjustment at the top of the shock will be softest full counter clockwise (lowest pre-load) and most stiff full clockwise (highest pre-load). If you are average weight (175-210 or so), you will likely need no adjustment, to just 1 or 2 complete turns to achieve the inch sag.
Good advice, I put my front tire in a wheel chock, then set up a camera aimed at the shock or rather a ruler taped to a fixed point on the frame and to measure the sag amount the I could sit on the bike and measure the sag.

If you get the sag correct it makes a world of difference in the ride. I had a Honda ST1300 that rode great but after I learned how to set the sag it was nothing short of awesome.

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Since these were used should I loosen them up since I don't know what the prior owner did?

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The 11.5" shock is a really short travel and probably has a heavier rate spring to prevent bottoming. Like others said, the sag is very important as is the correct spring for your weight.


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Since these were used should I loosen them up since I don't know what the prior owner did?

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Absolutely, You may need to drop a few drops of WD-40 or other penetrating oil to loosen it up. Road build up, brake dust etc can make them difficult to turn. A little oil makes a big difference.

You should start with the shocks extended all the way or rather your softest setting. Turn all the way counter clockwise. This is the start point.

Below is a link to a U-tube vid from Progressive to show you how to and why adjust your sag correctly.

I would still call them directly and talk to one of their tech's to get advise on the 11.5 inch and your and wifes weight. They can help you dial it in.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kjuirr89jQ

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Thanks alot. I ride solo 99% of the time so that's how it'll be setup. Since my son was born my wife wont ride..too nervous something might happen.

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