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Fireblade Suspension Set-up Guides.

(All setting's courtesy of Performance Bikes Magazine.)


RRT- RRV 1996 -1997
PB TRACK SETTINGS
STANDARD SETTINGS
FRONT FORKS
 
FRONT FORKS
 
Preload
1 line showing
Preload
4 lines showing
Rebound
1 turn out from full in
Rebound
11/2 turns out from full in
Compression
1 turn out from full in
Compression
1 turn out from full in
Fork ride height 5mm through top yoke    
REAR SHOCK
 
REAR SHOCK
 
Preload
6th hardest notch out of 7
Preload
4th hardest notch out of 7
Rebound
1/2 turn out from full in
Rebound
1 turn out from full in
Compression
1/2 turn out from full in
Compression
1 turn out from full in
Tyre pressures
front 30psi, rear 32psi Tyre pressures front 34psi, rear 39psi
PB ROAD SETTINGS
All as track settings, but reduce fork protruding through top yoke to 2mm.
Maxton Says...

The forks have two problems. Compression is too severe which gives a hard and twitchy ride. There is also not enough rebound damping. We reduce compression, increase rebound and fit springs to suit the rider. The stock shock isn't bad. The spring rate is fine but if ridden hard, or the rider is above 13-stone, you may find it too soft. If the bike is used for racing or trackdays we recommend a fully adjustable, alloy bodied replacement shock - there are plenty to choose from.

 

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RRW- RRX 1998 -1999
PB SETTINGS Maxton Says...
FRONT FORKS
 

The front forks are way too soft, and the low-speed damping is too firm. We fit harder springs to suit individuals, re-valve the damping system for more refined/greater range of adjustment and swap the hydraulic bump stop for dual-spring affair.
The rear shock is a nasty, mass-produced piece of work. Honda fitted a soft spring and the range of damping adjustment is minimal so it all happens on teh last turn of the screwdriver. They also over-heat with a lot of track use.

Static Sag 31mm loaded (with rider)
Preload
3 lines showing
Rebound
1 turn back from max
Compression
11/4 turns back from max
Tyre pressure 32psi (34 road)
REAR SHOCK
 
Preload
4th notch back from max (3rd notch if 2-up or a fatty)
Rebound
1/2 turn in from max
Compression
1/4 turn in from max
Tyre pressures
32psi (38 road)

 

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RRY/1/2 2000 - 2002
PB TRACK SETTINGS
STANDARD SETTINGS
FRONT FORKS
 
FRONT FORKS
 
Preload
2 lines showing (4mm)
Preload
4 lines showing (8mm)
Rebound
1/2 turn out from full in
Rebound
1 turn out from full in
Compression
3/4 turn out from full in
Compression
11/2 turns out from full in
REAR SHOCK
 
REAR SHOCK
 
Preload
position 7 of 9
Preload
position 4 of 9
Rebound
3/4 turn out from full in
Rebound
11/4 turns out from full in
Compression
screw full in clockwise
Compression
1 turn out from full in
Maxton Says...

The fork springs are too soft - sort this with harder springs to suit the rider's weight. There's too much front compression damping and not enough rebound, which loses feel and makes it difficult to get a really good set-up. The cartridges can be reworked to correct this. The biggest problem is that each seal grips the fork leg too hard causing stiction, which makes the front wheel kick off small bumps. This can be modified.
The rear shock isfairly harsh - the spring is more suited for two-up riding, and when ridden hard for a few laps the damping tens to go off. The linkage ratio is extreme, and works the unit too hard. There is little point in modifying the standard shock because you will still have the same problems.

 

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RR-2 (2002)
PB TRACK SETTINGS
STANDARD SETTINGS
FRONT FORKS
 
FRONT FORKS
 
Preload
9 full turns out (from full in)
Preload
11 full turns out (from full in)
Rebound
as standard
Rebound
2 turns out on punch dots from in
Compression
1 turn out on punch dots
Compression
2 turns out on punch dots from in
REAR SHOCK
 
REAR SHOCK
 
Preload
position 6 from minimum
Preload
position 4 from minimum
Rebound
as standard
Rebound
2 turns out on punch dots from in
Compression
1 turn out on punch dots
Compression
2 turns out on punch dots from in
Tyre pressure
front 32psi, rear 36psi    
PB ROAD SETTINGS (as track except)
Front Forks
Rebound as standard Preload as standard
Compression 3 turns out on punch dots Tyre pressure 36psi front, 42psi rear
Maxton Says...

The forks have too much compression and not enough rebound damping. We revalve the forks to reduce the compression and increase the rebound to make the bike turn into corners better and hold the line out. We also respring the forks to suit the rider's weight, increase the range of adjustment in the damping screws and fit bump springs to replace the hydraulic bumpstops. The rear shock's ok, but we can fit a new spring, to suit the rider.

 

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