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A friend looked at my Vstar 650 Custom and thought the front shock was sitting a bit low. It doesn’t bottom out and rides okay.

Question: is there any default position or setting to make it sit higher or ride harder?

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the rear spring preload is adjustable (under the seat) but the front is not.

how old is the bike? Springs do start to sag after a decade or two. You can replace the front springs, get progressive springs for better handling, or put a couple spacers in the existing springs to bring the front end up an inch or two if you think its necessary.

Stand over the bike (stand up from the seating position), grab the front grips and hold the front brake on, and push the handlebars down till the springs bottom out.

Then pull up and back on the grips and see how far it goes before they top out. It should normally sit under its own weight a bit higher than the mid point between topping out and bottoming out.
 

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The springs do get weak over time. Springs need to replaced when front tire wear is noticed as cupping or not wearing evenly. Another thing is the front end will want to wonder and not track straight, due to the two springs not compressing evenly. When either of these happen I know it's time for new springs. Progressive make some of the best springs in my opinion. Good luck and keep us informed.

 

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Depends on how involved you want to get.

To do it right, you should remove the forks from the tripletrees, that isn't too hard, but does take some time.

Or you can skimp out and just remove the cap, take the springs out, suck all the oil out, place alittle new oil in it, pump the fork a few times, suck it out again, and put the new springs and oil in it, and put the cap back on.

The forks in these are simple, not like sport bikes or mx bikes with all the dampener and valving stuff, but it is nice to remove and imspect that. You would have to remove the forks to change the seals.

But make sure you hold the cap on when you unscrew it, it's alum, and strips easily, and it is under pressure. You just have to hold it down good when removing, I found it harder to put it on, attempting to find the starting point while attempting to position and hold it down.
 

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^

couple things

1. raise the front wheel off the ground before you take the fork caps off, or you will be sorry! (when the front suspension collapses suddenly the bike WILL fall over on you).

2. some bikes (like the Royal Star, Venture...) have air (pneumatic) preload bladders in them - read the service manual before you pull an air shock apart.
 
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