Ed,That hi/speed adjustment only accounts for less than 15 percent of your dampening in that area. Those adjusters are for "fine tuning". The bulk of the work is controlled by the main piston valving. So there is no "virtually no dampening" action happening from this adjuster being open full.
Plus you have the action of the bipass ports.
And shock position adding to this formula. Lot going on!
We can compare the hi/speed adjuster to the top pad on the bed you sleep on. It helps adjust the initial firmness, that is the very beginning movement of the shock.
Do you like a really firm pad?? Or a softer plusher one? This helps your entry into the main bed mattress. The softer you run the top pad, the firmer you can run the bottom mattress (for g-out) since you have a soft entry
Now, if your the kid that likes to hi dive launch yourself into that bed?? Or gets up on the tall bedroom furniture, And jumps on that bed? You going to blow through that soft pad and carry lots of speed into that main mattress! And bottom outs will happen more often. So you would prefer the all around firmer top pad( hi/speed). And firmer bottom mattress( low-speed ) adjustments.
If your a different driver that does not need this firm of set up?? If Your more smooth and fast and flow, pick your lines? Then why suffer with a firmer pad? Softer and smooth is good!
From my experiance, "most" drivers do not require the firmest set up and are much more happy with the plusher ride, that means a softer pad and but still firm mattress!
Especially if moma and or the kids are in the car. Everyone has thier own style of driving, and those styles require sometimes hugely different shock set ups. One way is not the only way.
It's up to the driver to decide what they need?
That way the tuner can more adequately set up their suspension to fit that style.
Turn back 1/4 turn, you have little oring seals in those mechanisms and if you turn them tight to wide open, dirt and debris may get squished into them. Use some compressed air and or some brake cleaner to knock out sand and dirt. Then turn the adjusters again a few turns, clean again, and then set to desired position. But don’t crank them tight wide-open or full closed. Back off a 1/4 turn at the endEd,
I adjusted both low speed and high speed open as you suggested, the ride was nice but?? i noticed that i have some oil leaking out of the top of the shock? should i turn back a half turn? let me know your thoughts, Thanks
Thank you,Turn back 1/4 turn, you have little oring seals in those mechanisms and if you turn them tight to wide open, dirt and debris may get squished into them. Use some compressed air and or some brake cleaner to knock out sand and dirt. Then turn the adjusters again a few turns, clean again, and then set to desired position. But don’t crank them tight wide-open or full closed. Back off a 1/4 turn at the end
Many parts to this, front rebound must be set faster, rear must be set slower, front compression set firmer, Lower set front crossovers and taller ride hight, , rear softer to start, firmer later.Having issues with 2021 x3rs max. When I dune it points stright to the sky until 3 wheels are over the crest or over the down hill then bucks. (No matter the angle of approach.)I need to adjust as I'm coming from a sandrail long travel that actually uses the independent suspension. Any tips on fixing this. Thanks!
32 SS360 tires . all riders around 600 pounds total . no coolers bumpers or racks. ride height and shocks left stock. The car is super stiff and like a springboard but travels the woops we'll. Just wanting it to creep over the dunes 1 a arm at a time . Any base line adjustments like ride height and turns on the shocks.Many parts to this, front rebound must be set faster, rear must be set slower, front compression set firmer, Lower set front crossovers and taller ride hight, , rear softer to start, firmer later.
I dont know how your car is a loaded? what tires?? do you weigh 150lbs or 350lbs, and passenger Weights? is anyone in the rear? no one? Children? Adults? cargo? 6 pack ice chest? Or 60 drink yeti?? Many variables that make a difference if you want the optimum seat up.
I offer in the dunes and dez drive tuning for a fee. You bring the car to me (Make an appointmen) and wE tune what you have to work best we can. stock Suspension and or after new valving and or springs. this is best.
It’s in the works. Yes, the stock set up is a bit harsh in the rough as compared to what it can be, and not super balanced the way it “should“ be.Hello ED, have you had a chance to play around with the suspension settings on a 2021 X3 Max with Smart Shock? If so, what are you thoughts? Can you perform re-valve work to them? What I am finding out is that I operate in comfort mode all the time. I do mostly trail and desert with some minor sand dune driving. I am not a dune jumper. I would like to be able to set up the suspension to operate as follows. Comfort mode - for trail and minor rock crawling. Sport mode - for fast sand trail and desert and Sport + - for aggressive or dune driving. Not sure if that is possible, but the wife likes a softer ride.
Thank you for your time,
Awesome, looking forward to hear what you got in store for these shocks and Smart Shock system. Keep me posted to your progress.It’s in the works. Yes, the stock set up is a bit harsh in the rough as compared to what it can be, and not super balanced the way it “should“ be.
With new spring rates, the car will run more balanced and take away “some“ of the harshness and allow you to use all modes in many condition.