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So, the misses got me a used Penske 3-way for my birthday. Anyone have any feedback on their experience as far as settings goes? I'm 180 and use the bike primarily on the street with some time at VIR in the future. I just feel a little disconnected with the bike on the stock shock and the Dunlop Qualifiers that were on the bike when I got it aren't very inspiring. So, I picked this shock up and a new set of Pilot Powers as first mods with fork work soon to follow. Thanks in advance, C.
 

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First thing you need to do is find out what weight the shock is sprung for. You should be able to look on the spring itself. You may have to change the spring out. First order of business is getting your sag set properly. There are many threads here with how to's. Let us know what you find.
 

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First thing you need to do is find out what weight the shock is sprung for. You should be able to look on the spring itself. You may have to change the spring out. First order of business is getting your sag set properly. There are many threads here with how to's. Let us know what you find.
Will do, it's going to GP as soon as I get it just to freshen it up and make sure every thing is good for my weight and know my baseline is solid. Money permitting I'll get a set of their fork springs/service at the same time. I'm heading toward 11k so I know it's due. If I can't, I'll wait until this winter. I'm a pretty avid mountain biker, so I'm familiar with sag set up. I'll get back with that once I have it on the bike. Didn't even bother with the stocker since the bike is lowered and my stock dogbones haven't shown up yet. Hopefully I can sell the short kickstand/lowering dogbones for something to offset the cost. Thanks.:thumbup: Anybody running this currently on the street?
 

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I have the same shock and its awesome, as said above get it sprung for your weight first. Once you get that done and the shock on your bike find a local suspension specialist and pay them $30 to fine tune it to you.
 

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Just arrived. The fellow who I bought it from was very helpful and luckily is my exact weight so the spring is good. Probably going to run it now and send it off once it gets cold. So, anyone that could offer some setting help would be appreciated. I'm trying to find someone I can pay but the local race school is out of the office for the week. Also, any advice on suspension guys in the central NC area would be great if any one has a name they would like to throw in the hat.
 

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Well, I got it raised back up last week with a stock dog bone and ordered a kickstand. That made a big difference but the rear felt even worse. The transmission was MUCH happier once back up to stock but the bike was other wise stiff as a board and now the front seemed really squirmy.
I had a slow day at work today so I tied the bike up to the arm of a lift and fully unloaded the suspension- 10 whole mm with the stocker, so out it went. I had the Penske in in about 10 or 15 mins. It was really easy and didn't require removing anything but the lowers and the dog bone to access everything. I just set it up dead in the middle on all settings and the spring is for my weight. I picked up about another 1/4 inch over stock height even with the ride height bottomed out.
As for the ride, holy s**t! What and amazing difference. The change is transformative and I am so excited about my bike right now. So much more plush and responsive. I haven't even put the new tires on and I can't get over the difference. With the rear participating, the front actually feels much more solid. I can't wait to get my forks done. I'll head over to Hendersonville when I can afford it and get the front done and the bike dialed with a professional. Anyone thinking about picking one of these up, even just for the street... it is worth the money and more.
 
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