Toby, thats not a damper, it's just preload. A damping adj. actually slows the fluid in the shock making it say less bouncy. A preload adj. is just pushing on the spring harder, which will make it stiffer and more bouncy, unless you can dampen it? Which we can't. Even if you push on the spring harder you can still bottom out it will just take more force.Our shock in my opinion on the softer settings is still lacking damping. Sooo, if your hitting under the fender you don't have enough clearance, you need to make the clearance or deal with it. Even if you stiffen the shock you can still hit, it just wont happen as often or hard. If you don't want to hit you need 3 3/4" above the tire. If it's hitting towards the rear of the tire your gonna be cutting something off for clearance.
Allright I'll shut up now. :-X
Ok, so if by making it a little stiffer so that it takes more force to hit, then that may very well solve the problem. I realize making more clearance would solve the problem, but I don't want more clearance. If I were only able to do the 1" drop, I wouldn't have bothered.
I don't really understand where you said "which will make it stiffer and more bouncy." Seems like making it stiffer would make it LESS bouncy. ??
immortal the more bouncy he is referring to equates to this. With the preload to stiff for my weight every time I hit a bump it wanted to bounce me off like a bucking horse. The shock didn't bounce more the whole bike did until I softened the preload.
That's why I think stiffening the suspension MAY solve the problem. I realized that I won't gain clearance by doing that, but I don't want more clearance. That's why I wanted the bike lowered in the first place. I want the fender as close to the **** fender as I can get away with. I want a badass look....that's why I bought the Styker in the first place. If I was worried about my poor little rear end I would've bought some big old man looking cruiser, complete with a windshield, fairings, luggage boxes and all the other stuff I detest on a motorcycle. I really just wanted some advice on how to fix this problem.
First thing I will do is try the suspension adjustment. If that doesn't work I'll try trimming off the piece of plastic that is making contact....if that is possible. My ducktail is already trimmed so that it doesn't show at all when looking at the bike. The part that attaches under the fender I tried to keep as much as possible to provide as much support for the tail light as I could.
Thanks for the input guys.