Feedback Score: 2 reviews
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: lafayette, Louisiana
Re: Jump without nose dive
If your shocks are adjustable in both compression ("bump") and rebound you can try reducing the bump dampening and increase the rebound dampening (all in the rears only). Also, reducing the spring preload to zero may help. The premise behind these changes is to make the shock "softer" and compress quicker when the rear wheels encounter the jump and "stiffer" and extend slower as they unload at the crest of the jump. Reducing the preload will allow the back suspension to start its upward travel slightly quicker because of not having to overcome the "pre-loaded" force on the spring.
HOWEVER...as stated above...probably 80% of the "nose dive" issue is related to having a jump that has such a short ramp length that the front is unloaded and beginning to drop while the rear wheels are still being forced upward while still in contact with the ground. A quick stab on the brakes at the last second before the jump then full throttle application will help unweight the front and reduce the tendency.
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