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Help please. I want to start tuning my suspension and I'd like to adjust the compression damping on my ST3. There is a stainless screw in the center of a gold anodized plug about an inch across on the shock resevoir. The screw turns freely without clicks and was out prtty far and quite loose when I started. I have turned it in all the way because I was afraid it would work it's way out. The owners manual makes it appear that the whole anodized plug should be turned to adjust compression damping but I would need a a spanner wrench to turn it. The dealer couldn't give me a clear answer when I was up there last weekend. How do I adjust the damping? Turn the stainless screw, and if so how far? Or do I need to turn the anodized plug with a spanner wrench?
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I don't know that shock but I would say the screw you are turning shold be the adjustment. What these are is a needle type regulator. Some have "Clicks" and some don't but it should not turn super easy. Normally it would almost brake your thumb nail before turning. It also should not come out, it should stop before coming out. Never tighten it down hard as you could cause damage.

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MontereyST3 said:
Help please. I want to start tuning my suspension and I'd like to adjust the compression damping on my ST3. There is a stainless screw in the center of a gold anodized plug about an inch across on the shock resevoir. The screw turns freely without clicks and was out prtty far and quite loose when I started. I have turned it in all the way because I was afraid it would work it's way out. The owners manual makes it appear that the whole anodized plug should be turned to adjust compression damping but I would need a a spanner wrench to turn it. The dealer couldn't give me a clear answer when I was up there last weekend. How do I adjust the damping? Turn the stainless screw, and if so how far? Or do I need to turn the anodized plug with a spanner wrench?
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On my'04 ST3, that screw does click, but it's BARELY perceptible, and it's only the screw that you need turn. As I recall, wasn't hard to turn...maybe could use a fingernail, but I chose a screwdriver.

Turn it all the way in, counting turns as you go, write that down for a reference, and then back it out a half-turn more or less depending on whether you want more or less damping, and then write that position down. Same procedure for the other damping adjustment at the bottom of the shock.

Actually, the manual has a reasonable description of the adjustment, although doesn't give a clue how to reach them. No tool I could find would get there without removing that little fairing part below the right side of the seat.
 

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MontereyST3 said:
Help please. I want to start tuning my suspension and I'd like to adjust the compression damping on my ST3. There is a stainless screw in the center of a gold anodized plug about an inch across on the shock resevoir. The screw turns freely without clicks and was out prtty far and quite loose when I started. I have turned it in all the way because I was afraid it would work it's way out. The owners manual makes it appear that the whole anodized plug should be turned to adjust compression damping but I would need a a spanner wrench to turn it. The dealer couldn't give me a clear answer when I was up there last weekend. How do I adjust the damping? Turn the stainless screw, and if so how far? Or do I need to turn the anodized plug with a spanner wrench?
Thanks for the help.
I'd say the owners manual should clear it up but...the manual has a misprint regarding which adjusters are for preload and compression (at least my '04 manual does).

Two threads from the archives that should get you going:
http://www.ducati.ms/ubbthreads/showthreaded.php?Cat=&Board=touring&Number=184601&page=&view=&sb=&o=

http://www.ducati.ms/ubbthreads/showthreaded.php?Cat=&Board=touring&Number=173546&page=&view=&sb=&o=<br>

Only the preload adjuster should require the special adjusting tool (although a hammer and screw driver work better).
 
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