So here's what I could use some advise on. I have a Gen4 with Ohlins mechatronic shock setup for 180-200lb rider. I want to change links and dog bone, either Dan Kyle, MSS Colchester, Gen5, they all seem very similar in geometry targeting a common result. What adjustments are recommended to made to the spring and valving in my shock to suit the adjusted rising rate? Please keep in mind that I do not want a rear end that is mucho stiff as I primarily ride road with occasional track day.
I'm not suspention specialist, take my opinion with two grains of salt.
a) Are you generally happy with your current shock setup?
b) If you think that improventsts are worth to try, then there is easy way and hard way.
c) Easy way is to sell mecha shock, buy TTX with clickers and go to suspention pro. They will probably go one or two steps down with spring and install lighter valving suiting aftermarket link.
d) Hard way is testing valving changes with mecha shock. Trial-error and shock opened for valving changes many times...expensive.
e) Mecha is a system without feedback motion sensor, it makes adjustments and hopes outcome is in "ballpark".
f) Installing aftermarket link moves your system out of that "ballpark".
g) If I would start messing arround with this (mecha+after link), then I would put in same valving as thay do with normal TTX in case of link change.
And if now (before change) the shock is a bit stiff then go down two steps with spring. If soft now, then one step down.