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ttyR2

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Suspension rock hard
« on: May 28, 2012, 06:53:43 PM »
Is it normal for the suspension on one of these FL350's to be hard as a rock even when the adjusting collar is set to the softest position? Works shocks are on the list, but I was suprised at how back the stock suspension was. Talk about a kidney buster.

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Re: Suspension rock hard
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2012, 05:09:01 AM »
Yep,it's normal....I think a set of those stock rear shocks would be best with 2 odysseys stacked on top of each other....Nothing can be done about it either except more shocks....
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Re: Suspension rock hard
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2012, 06:03:55 AM »
I think Honda may not have changed the shocks when they changed the suspensions design. The humps on the inside of the rear fenders went over where the shocks connected on the prototype.

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Re: Suspension rock hard
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2012, 10:32:11 AM »
The other thing that may have come into play is the skid plate of the 350 can hit the ground when the rear suspension compresses fully, so I wonder if the Honda guys wanted to prevent that.
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Re: Suspension rock hard
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2012, 11:56:07 AM »
They could have just used shorter shocks though or thicker bump stop. Reducing the pre-load to 0 by modifying the upper spring mount will provide a decent spring rate. The next issue is the shocks have almost no damping to them. So once you can compress the spring, the machine will bounce around.