Wilbers Set-Up - K-Bikes.com - Excellence in Motion
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Jun 21st, 2007, 11:31 am Thread Starter
Rookie
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Peru, NY, USA
Posts: 63
Question Wilbers Set-Up

When it comes to suspension set-up, I have a serious mental block separating preload from compression, sag and all the other inane terms. It'd be different if I was a track fiend, but I'm not.

Here's the question:

'03 KGT with standard Wilbers shocks front and rear (standard means no remote reservoir). Just the basic set-up.

I'm towing a Uni-Go trailer. I'd like to make my rear shock a little stiffer to compensate for the tongue weight. With the stock rear shock, I'd simply dial it towards "Hard". With the Wilbers, how do I make it stiffer (the little red knob at the base of the shaft or the big collar requiring the spanner wrench)?

Thank you suspension gurus!

Reg
'03 K1200GT
(Dark Blue Rail Gun)
Rapid_Reg is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Jun 21st, 2007, 3:37 pm
Looking for better limits...
 
Razel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Fremont, CA, USA
Posts: 5,163
There's a lot covered on suspension and shocks, so if you'd like some different viewpoints, do a "Search" with suspension and shock in the search bar. One here...



100% free webcam site! | Awesome chicks and it is absolutely free! | Watch free live sex cam - easy as 1-2-3

Ray
2010 K1300GT Royal Blue
2003 K1200GT Orient Blue (for sale)
2007 G650 X-Challenge

IBA #34158

Be a K-Bikes Supporter

I work for Keyser Söze
Razel is offline  
post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old Jun 23rd, 2007, 8:41 pm
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 64
I would say that you need to increase rear spring pre-load which raises the ride height to compensate for tongue weight.Also if you want, increase rebound dampening with the other dial for a firmer response. You may not have compression dampening so it's one less adjustment to make. Also...you may want to consider traveling a lot lighter and ditch the trailor.
Motogypsy is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old Jun 25th, 2007, 11:59 am Thread Starter
Rookie
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Peru, NY, USA
Posts: 63
Thumbs up

Quote:
Originally Posted by Motogypsy
Also...you may want to consider traveling a lot lighter and ditch the trailor.

Uhh - no. I'm carrying my stuff AND my wife's stuff, so she doesn't have to, and we don't have to strap anything to our bikes. The Uni-Go is great, and you don't know it's there.


Thanks for the info, especially Razel (here and over there).

Reg
'03 K1200GT
(Dark Blue Rail Gun)
Rapid_Reg is offline  
post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old Jun 25th, 2007, 1:30 pm
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 64
You may be exceeding the weight limits of the stock suspension. Time to go to custom ohlins suspension.
Motogypsy is offline  
post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old Jun 25th, 2007, 4:12 pm
Looking for better limits...
 
Razel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Fremont, CA, USA
Posts: 5,163
The stock suspension should handle it fine. When ordering the shocks, be sure to get a good approximation of how much weight you'll be carrying on the bike, and the rear spring should be sized accordingly. I don't see adding any more weight than you would if you were going two-up. Weak link would be the tire, which nominally is good for 900 lbs., and you won't be loading that unless you plan to be doing wheelies while touring. Otherwise, the general weight is distributed on both tires.

Cousi has been towing with a Unigo for years, and has no issues (other than the hitch knocking the triangular rebound adjustment knob off of the stock BMW shock).

The difference between Ohlins and Wilbers is so minor that it's likely that a professional racer would be the only one to tell the difference.



100% free webcam site! | Awesome chicks and it is absolutely free! | Watch free live sex cam - easy as 1-2-3

Ray
2010 K1300GT Royal Blue
2003 K1200GT Orient Blue (for sale)
2007 G650 X-Challenge

IBA #34158

Be a K-Bikes Supporter

I work for Keyser Söze
Razel is offline  
post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old Jun 27th, 2007, 9:58 am
Addict
 
cobbler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Statesville, North Carolina, Good Ole USofA
Posts: 493
Adjustment

To answer your original question, it's the big knob that requires the spanner wrench. I hope when you ordered the shocks, you ordered them with you and your wifes weight in consideration. If you just ordered spring weight for your weight alone, with her weight added, it may be too much for the spring to get you to the desired ride height.
You get all that? :wtf

Jim S.
* Everyone crashes. Some get back on. Some don't. Some can't.
cobbler is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the K-Bikes.com - Excellence in Motion forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Ohlins vs Wilbers TheJoker K12/1300R/R-Sport 42 Jul 17th, 2008 11:28 pm
Installing Steering Damper mkrouse K1200RS/GT (Classic) 9 Jun 6th, 2006 9:45 am
Anyone Tried Ohlins? NakedRider K12/1300R/R-Sport 12 Apr 27th, 2006 7:08 pm
Wilbers USA :( bmwriders Dealer Experiences 4 Apr 19th, 2006 1:14 pm
Wilbers’ Wind Dots Oldtimer K1200RS/GT (Classic) 14 Dec 25th, 2005 11:23 am

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome