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Noodling around the garage the other night I saw the front fork upper tubes at the top triple clamp are set at the second ring, which by my measurement is 10mm. How are the groups set and have you experimented with adjusting up or down?
 

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Same here. Haven’t experimented with it. Haven’t even touched front preload, I think it’s fine for my weight. Just played with the comp & rebound damping dials.

Raise the bike front, slower steering => nah
Lower the bike front, quicker steering, less ground cleance => nah


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If you suck them up higher. It increases turn in speed. But also decreases high speed straight stability. If you keep the rear the stock height.


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You'll only get 1/4 inch for shifting the forks up and still be able to turn the adjusters with the stock bars and no risers.
The FTR has a surplus of stability so moving this way will quicken the steering with minimal negative effect. The only real negative is the loss of ground clearance.
I'll be looking to raise mine further at the rear when I can afford a new shock, make that big long bike turn!
 

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My forks are down to the cap being flush with the top three and have a 15 mm thick internal
spacer to compensate for the 17 inch wheels I have and to get 30 to 35 mm sag.
I also took some sag out of my rear shock as well. Works great.
 

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I lowered mine about 10mm.

Lowering them actually makes highway speeds worse.

But lowering them makes quick turnin much better


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