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Old 12-10-2012, 06:18 PM   #1
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2012 GSX-R600 suspension set-up help - track/racer

Hey lads, just acquired a new 2012 GSX-R600 to track/race for next year. Just want to find out if anyone has had any experience with tuning the stock suspension? anyone got any good base settings on these?

Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 12-11-2012, 12:14 PM   #2
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Re: 2012 GSX-R600 suspension set-up help - track/racer

A starting point for track-use for 2011(same as 2012) GSX-R600 from SportRider issue Aug/11:
ForkPreload=9 turns out ForkRbnd=4 turns out ForkCmp=4.5 turns out RearPreload=10mm thread showing RearRbnd=2.5 turns out RearCmp=1.75 turns out

Read more: http://www.sportrider.com/suspension...#ixzz2ElRa5o2L
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Old 12-11-2012, 04:03 PM   #3
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Re: 2012 GSX-R600 suspension set-up help - track/racer

Nice one cheers! just another question - rear compression - is that high or low speed comp?
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Old 12-12-2012, 02:26 PM   #4
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Re: 2012 GSX-R600 suspension set-up help - track/racer

I don't believe either GSX-R600 or 750 Showa shocks have Hi & Lo Speed compression damping adjustment, only the 1000's Showa & older KYB. Does yours?
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Old 12-12-2012, 04:35 PM   #5
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Re: 2012 GSX-R600 suspension set-up help - track/racer

On the rear shock there seems to be, theres the flat head screw, and around that theres a hexagonal bolt that has a maker on it. I thought one was high Speed Compression and the other low speed.
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Old 12-12-2012, 04:40 PM   #6
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Re: 2012 GSX-R600 suspension set-up help - track/racer

Just had a look at the manual, the small screw is low speed and the bolt adjuster is high speed compression.
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:28 PM   #7
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Re: 2012 GSX-R600 suspension set-up help - track/racer

Huh. I would guess it is low speed since that is the traditional one - see if Sport Rider spec is close to OEM and if so, try OEM for hi-speed? Sorry I can't help you much more, maybe try googling it more or find someone racing one and ask?
Also if you want to know the very the basics of how to do it yourself, read the Ohlins setup guide as the adjustments you have on your OEM shock are the same:
http://www.ohlins.com/Checkpoint-Ohl...Underrubrik_1/
And if you can sit long enough to read it (or print it out!) look at the #1 post in this section's sticky thread called Suspension 101.
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Old 12-18-2012, 09:14 PM   #8
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Re: 2012 GSX-R600 suspension set-up help - track/racer

The bike needs to be raised just like the previous gen.

I would recommend you work with a tuner like Thermosman as he is the best.

http://www.thermosman.com/index.cfm

If you want the numbers we ran here they are, use at your own risk as I am not a pro tuner.

35-40mm sag front, 25mm sag rear, flush the forks and a 5mm shim at the clevis.

Tires were Power cup VA front and VB rear 190/55.
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Old 12-19-2012, 12:31 AM   #9
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Re: 2012 GSX-R600 suspension set-up help - track/racer

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The bike needs to be raised just like the previous gen.

I would recommend you work with a tuner like Thermosman as he is the best.

http://www.thermosman.com/index.cfm

If you want the numbers we ran here they are, use at your own risk as I am not a pro tuner.

35-40mm sag front, 25mm sag rear, flush the forks and a 5mm shim at the clevis.

Tires were Power cup VA front and VB rear 190/55.
Cheers mate, but what do you mean by flush the forks and a 5mm shim at the clevis (pardon my denseness)
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Old 12-19-2012, 12:58 AM   #10
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Re: 2012 GSX-R600 suspension set-up help - track/racer

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Cheers mate, but what do you mean by flush the forks and a 5mm shim at the clevis (pardon my denseness)
Lower the forks in the triple till they're flush, and put a 5mm shim on the rear shock clevis. This will raise the front and rear of the bike.
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Old 12-20-2012, 04:07 PM   #11
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Re: 2012 GSX-R600 suspension set-up help - track/racer

ah nice one, cheers. BTW what rebound and compression setting did you use?
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Old 01-07-2013, 08:01 PM   #12
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Re: 2012 GSX-R600 suspension set-up help - track/racer

Lots of good info here, get your read on... http://www.gixxer.com/forums/showthr...t=running+wide
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