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2020-06-05
FTR 1200 Suspension Adjustment

You should periodically inspect the rear shock preload on your Indian Motorcycle FTR 1200. To ensure the most comfortable ride and proper ground clearance, adjust the preload.

Rear shock

  • Identify the combined weight of rider, passenger and cargo.
  • Determine the shock preload by measuring the amount of exposed thread on the shock body behind the jam nut. See the table below for measurement based on weight.
  • Adjust the preload as needed to achieve the dimension specified in the table below.
Combined Weight of Rider,
Passenger and Cargo
Dimension
125 lbs (57 kg) 0 mm
150 lbs (68 kg) 2 mm
175 lbs (79 kg) 5 mm
200 lbs (91 kg) 8 mm
225 lbs (102 kg) 10 mm
250 lbs (113 kg) 13 mm
275 lbs (125 kg) 15 mm
300 lbs (136 kg) 17 mm
325 lbs (147 kg) 20 mm
350 lbs (159 kg) 22 mm
375 lbs (170 kg) 25 mm
400 lbs (181 kg) 27 mm
425 lbs (196 kg) 30 mm

To adjust the preload:

  • Place the motorcycle in an upright position with the front wheel clamped in a wheel vise.
  • Using a shock spanner wrench (part number 2884176), loosen the lock nut (1) by turning it counter-clockwise (as viewed from the top of the shock).
  • Spray a light lubricant on the adjuster nut where it contacts the spring.
  • Adjust the shock preload by rotating the adjuster nut clockwise (as viewed from the top of the shock) to increase preload (firm) or counter-clockwise to decrease preload (softer).

    Rear shock preload
     
  • Recheck the preload measurement after adjusting.
  • Tighten the lock nut securely against the adjuster nut.

Rear Shock Adjustment Guide
Make sure the rear shock preload is correctly set before changing the compression and rebound settings detailed below. Note that turning the adjusters fully clockwise will result in a "full-in" position. Turning adjusters fully counter-clockwise will result in a "full-out" position.

Rear shock factory settings:

FTR 1200 S FTR 1200
Shock rebound, upper end of shock (24-click range) 15 clicks (out from full-in) 15 clicks (out from full-in)
Shock compression, reservoir end of shock (3-turn range) 1.5 turns (out from full-in) NA
Shock spring ends installed length (range 155-185 mm) 180 mm 180 mm

FTR 1200 rebound settings:

Rebound diagram

Riding Type Shock Rebound
Low speed riding (urban) 19 clicks (out from full-in)
General riding (town/highway) 15 clicks (out from full-in)
General riding (2-up) 5 clicks (out from full-in)
Aggressive riding (track) 5 clicks (out from full-in)

FTR 1200 S damping settings:

Damping settings diagram

Riding Type Shock Compression
Low speed riding (urban) 2.5 turns (out from full-in)
General riding (town/highway) 1.5 turns (out from full-in)
General riding (2-up) 1 turn (out from full-in)
Aggressive riding (track) 0.75 turns (out from full-in)

Swing Arm/Rear Axle Inspection

  • Sit in the operator's seat and slowly bounce the rear suspension a few times. Make sure the suspension moves freely without binding. Listen for abnormal noises.
  • Elevate and support the motorcycle with the rear tire slightly off the floor. Make sure the motorcycle is stable when elevated. Injury may occur if the motorcycle tips or falls.
  • Grasp the rear wheel and attempt to move the wheel side to side. If there is movement at the front of the swing arm or in the axle area, see your Indian Motorcycle Dealer for service.
  • With the transmission in neutral, slowly rotate the rear wheel. If the wheel does not rotate smoothly, see your dealer for service.

Front Fork/Suspension Inspection

  • Place the motorcycle on the sidestand and inspect the front forks. If fork oil is present on the outer tube (1), do not ride the motorcycle. See your dealer for service before operating. If fork oil is present around the fork seals (2) or inner tubes (3), replace the fork seals.
    Front fork
  • Clean the fork tubes to remove bugs, tar or buildup that may cause seal wear or leakage. Inspect the outer surfaces of the inner fork tubes for scratches or damage from foreign objects.
  • Straddle the motorcycle and bring it to the fully upright position. Apply the front brake and push downward (hard) on the handlebars several times. The front suspension should operate smoothly and quietly.
  • Fork oil condition and level affect front suspension performance and internal component wear. Replace fork oil at the recommended intervals. Special tools are required to perform this procedure. See the Indian Motorcycle Service Manual or an authorized dealer.

Front Fork Adjustment Guide
FTR 1200 models feature preload and rebound adjustments on the rear shock but have no fork adjustments. FTR 1200 S models feature fully adjustable fork and rear suspension components. Note that turning the adjusters fully clockwise will result in a "full-in" position. Turning adjusters fully counter-clockwise will result in a "full-out" position.

Front fork factory settings:

FTR 1200 S FTR 1200
Fork rebound, right side screw slot
(20-click range)
7 clicks (out from full-in) NA
Fork compression, left-side screw slot
(20-click range)
10 clicks
(out from full-in)
NA
Fork preload, 19 mm hex
(10-turn range)
5 turns (in from full-out) NA

FTR 1200 S recommended damping settings:

Damping diagram

Riding Type Compression
(Left-Hand Fork)
Rebound
(Right-Hand Fork)
Low speed riding (urban) 17 clicks
(out from full-in)
14 clicks
(out from full-in)
General riding (town/highway) 10 clicks
(out from full-in)
7 clicks
(out from full-in)
General riding (2-up) 10 clicks
(out from full-in)
5 clicks
(out from full-in)
Aggressive riding (track) 5 clicks
(out from full-in)
4 clicks
(out from full-in)

For FTR 1200 S models, adjustments can be made to the fork to increase or decrease the preload for a personal rider preference. It's important to make sure both forks are adjusted evenly.

Pre load

For more information, see your authorized Indian Motorcycle Dealer. Find a dealer near you through the Dealer Locator.
Maintenance tips, procedures and specifications can be found in your Owner's Manual.
To find diagrams and replacement part numbers, use the online parts catalog.