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Question for owners of Ohlins shocks

I am curious as to how much range of spring preload adjustment you get with the Hydraulic adjuster. From fully seated to max preload I am getting about 7.6 MM of range on mine.

According to Max McCallister on Traxxion Dynamics website:

The Ohlins hydraulic collar is usually full of air when delivered, and offers little to no adjustment range.

7.6 MM doesn't seem like a lot of range for spring preload.

I never have met Max, but I have been to his shop in Georgia one day and while there got a tour. It is a impressive facility. I have seen NASCAR shops not as nice and as equipped as his.

Either he has a hard-on for Ohlins or he knows what he is talking about.

JJ

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IDK, but to me 7.6 mm of suspension change can drastically effect how a bike handles. I have an Ohlins and I had some initial problems with the rebound adjuster but it worked itself out quickly and I love it now. I went from one up to two up alot and the hydraulic adjuster was awsome. With my girl on the back I could adjust it up in 10 seconds and the bike would handle like I was on it by myself. I never adjusted mine over a few mm anyway.

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wow.. that's a lot of adjustment.. that with the 12mm of adjustment for length! I just raised mine 3mm in the rear and WOW! thing is on rails!

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Thanks for the feedback. I was just curious as to how much adjustment range there is suppose to be after reading that quote on Traxxion Dynamics website. Im installing it tonight.

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Max tends to push the Penske shocks. Not sure why but they are an Elka dealer as well and from what I have read he HATES Elka shocks...lol
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I had a 46prxls on my 929rr for a year before sending it to Petterson Pro for a full service, low and behold Stig rang me one day and informed me the Hydraulic preload system was performing very poorly so we agreed to rebuild it and much to my delight Stig was not only correct but the range of adjustment was much improved over what it had been.

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I am curious as to how much range of spring preload adjustment you get with the Hydraulic adjuster. From fully seated to max preload I am getting about 7.6 MM of range on mine.

According to Max McCallister on Traxxion Dynamics website:

The Ohlins hydraulic collar is usually full of air when delivered, and offers little to no adjustment range.

7.6 MM doesn't seem like a lot of range for spring preload.

I never have met Max, but I have been to his shop in Georgia one day and while there got a tour. It is a impressive facility. I have seen NASCAR shops not as nice and as equipped as his.

Either he has a hard-on for Ohlins or he knows what he is talking about.

JJ

The full adjustment range is 9mm.

Sometimes the adjusters can get air in them, and Ohlins dealer will be able to
bleed it easily for you to return the missing millimeter or so of stroke.

Usually the worst thing I find is when the springs are changed by some persons
they set them with either too much or too little preload so the the range of
the adjuster is rendered useless. Once again this is an easy fix for an
ohlins dealer. While nothing in this world is perfect the Ohlins adjuster beats "c" spanners in horrible tight places hands down!

As for Max having a hard on for Ohlins, it unfortunately seems so... But I
guess you have to consider that he is not an Ohlins dealer, he is a Penske
dealer. Penske make a fine product, however the Penske model coverage is
rather limited, and now with the introduction of the new generation Ohlins TTX
series Penske and many others do not have a competing offering to revolutionary new design that is winning races.

Worse for Max Ohlins have taken to manufacturing a range of fork cartridges
that compete with his product head on and appear to out perform his
cartridges on the race track by a comfortable margin.

So it seems that he has taken to bagging the Ohlins product at every chance he
gets, pity he couldn't have taken a more constructive path than slagging the
competition......
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