Just to know if they were comp and rebound adjustable?
'kay. . .
Now that we know that they're rebound only, Then how do the adjustments work in conjunction with the compression properties.
The valves are disks over orifices. You can crank down the disks and the oil has a harder time leaving the orifice. These disks are like poppet valves in a fuel pump. Facing down disks are compression limiters, facing up disks are rebound. If your screw jack only engages the up-facing disks, well, there ya go. My guess is that limiting flow in one direction also limits flow in the other to a degree. There are intermediate orifices that only get closed off with rapid movement to give a range of progressive action.
Using the Graphs from the 'stang, which again, are only for drama, I see that one turn would equal the compression for a 50/50 ride. To me, that would be a baseline. Then one could adjust softer or stiffer according to what the butt wants. Tire pressure is also to be considered, IMO.
50/50 is an arbitrary baseline. In real life, you want to have more compliance for impacts and way less for rebound.
You do not you do not really want to set your shocks for your butt. Decent seat springs/cushions are your best ride comfort engineering. Shocks are to maximize traction. Period.
I'm using hankook 195's with 50 lbs of air and the shocks are at 1 3/4 stiff. "Ouch", is what my butt meter is yelling.
No kidding. Tires need to have compliance as well. Inflation should be adjusted for proper compliance to road irregularities based strictly on the load they're carrying. You'll do fine at 32 front/44 rear psi with a normally loaded bus.
My Koni's do not go two full turns. More like 1 3/4, maybe 7/8. So I'm going to set them at a middle setting and lower the tire pressure to 35 fr and 40 rr. This will be MY baseline.
VW buses are so damn light at the front, that full soft to 1/2 is going to give you excellent traction over rough surfaces, 1/2 to 1 on the rear. Ratwell told me that the Konis only change actual settings each 180*. I had originally thought that they were infinitely adjustable. I'd like to hear Koni's response to that. . . . .
I also see my self removing the dropped spindles to reinstall the stock ones and raise the back up one notch to regain stock ride height.
The lowered look is kewl, but no user friendly for my off road adventures.
I see we're coming to the same page
As a side note, the hankooks like the 50 lbs on the highway. The results are easy steering and the roll factor is greatly increased.
I refuse to take any info as gospel retrieved from any internet site, or real life for that matter, on any subject until I can rip it apart to uncover what I need to gain from it.
In closing, If I do get a chance to dyno my KYB's and Koni's, I'll post the graph.
I await your further missives. . . . .
Happy trails, Regis
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