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Old 11-22-2010, 12:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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It is well known through all the Rags that the suspension on the rush is tough to setup but everyone said that once it is set i will fall in love with the ride.
So this being said ... What is the best way to go about finding what you like. Here is my deal

Aggressive trail (Tug hill, NY) So lots of bumps
220lbs w/o gear
144 mega bites
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From what i heard I set the suspension up for 20lbs less than what i weigh is that correct?
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It is well known through all the Rags that the suspension on the rush is tough to setup but everyone said that once it is set i will fall in love with the ride.
So this being said ... What is the best way to go about finding what you like. Here is my deal

Aggressive trail (Tug hill, NY) So lots of bumps
220lbs w/o gear
144 mega bites
bergstom skegs

From what i heard I set the suspension up for 20lbs less than what i weigh is that correct?
I believe that the sled, new, is set up for a 195 pound rider. You are supposed to ride it for a specific amount of miles, then set it up for your weight and shock setting for your preference.
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Old 11-22-2010, 12:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I ride really aggressive trail, and weigh 215 naked, I run stiffer springs and shoot for no ski lift and 30% sag. Skiis still lift but not toward the sky. I had a friend tell ne my suspension felt too stiff once, so we softened it a bit while on the trail. Felt good until I started pushing the sled hard in corners where the plush rear let the skiis lift and nearly killed myself.
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Old 11-23-2010, 08:31 AM   #4 (permalink)
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That makes sense. I am very concerned about the setup because it is not traditional setup. I guess it can be just trial and error and hope i don't kill myself.
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I guess I would have expected your dealer to set it up for you based on your weight, and then explain the different adjustments & how they affect the sled's handling. If they set it up properly for you, it should only take small adjustments to get it dialed in once you've put some miles on it.

I felt like I knew everything about it going in, but the dealer's lead tech walked me through it & showed me stuff that I had either forgotten about or just plain didn't know.
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Old 11-23-2010, 09:35 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I am sure they will help Bontz but i have not picked it up yet. I am going to be picking it up on Saturday Morning.
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Cool (and congrats!!). Just ask them to go over it with you, and I'm sure they'll give you a baseline setup to work with. I think with the refinements from the 2010, it's not going to be quite as severe if the setup is a bit "off". If anything, you've got a good group here to help with questions.
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I guess I would have expected your dealer to set it up for you based on your weight, and then explain the different adjustments & how they affect the sled's handling. If they set it up properly for you, it should only take small adjustments to get it dialed in once you've put some miles on it.

I felt like I knew everything about it going in, but the dealer's lead tech walked me through it & showed me stuff that I had either forgotten about or just plain didn't know.
The dealer may have it set up soft to start with and tell him to take it easy the first x amount of miles to "cycle" the suspension in, but the dealer should go over it with him to tell/show him how to set it up correctly for his weight /riding style after its broken in.At least thats what mine did.......depends on the dealer and how well he knows you and your mechanical ability's.Some people don't want to wrench on anything so they may set it up to their best guess but it will still "break in"and need to be reset anyway.
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According to the guage mine is set for 180lbs.Im around 220 but I think Ill leave it alone untill I actually try it.Im mainly a groomed trail rider so Ill see how that works.I was looking through my stuff and didnt find a spanner wrench for the shocks.Shouldnt they come with one?
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According to the guage mine is set for 180lbs.Im around 220 but I think Ill leave it alone untill I actually try it.Im mainly a groomed trail rider so Ill see how that works.I was looking through my stuff and didnt find a spanner wrench for the shocks.Shouldnt they come with one?
My kit included:

Spark Plug Wrench
Clutch Adjustment Tool (for the secondary clutch)
Fuel Resistor plug (ethanol was plugged in on delivery)
Starter Strap
Suspension Adjustment Gauge

I think we're suppose to use our hands to adjust the springs on the shocks
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