sag at the front is 37 (loaded), if I remember, 30 at the rear. Fork position std. 3 rings showing inside, back near std. (no, no tool here) 75'er spring at the back in a Wilbers shock.
Surely I dealed with the knobs before, but I made all my experience with them 3 years ago in Poznan. The preload adjusters all almost turned out (7 Rings showing) and comp. 4 clicks from fully out.
Changing compression damping is no solution for this issue. I tried that before and had too much push at the front, mid-corner!! The Oil-level defines the progression of the springs, actually when the progression starts to rise. Changing oil level means nothing but when the fork becomes harder. So this should be the right way to go (maybe beside switching to softer springs!?!). You know: I figured that out already and it started to work just fine on my old fork, so I'm just wondering why not on this new one anymore?
I honestly thought about letting the fork reworked by Rooske, as I read your thread in your blog, but after my oil-level change at my old fork I had no problem with that anymore, but now I consider doing that again!
You see: If I remember right, the 996 manual stated 492ml per leg, the old 916 did had 470, (your 999 now says 480).....Ducati played with that. And I did 30ml less than those 492ml my 996 manual stated....so it's not THAT much difference to the 916 rec. 470ml. It worked fine!!!
Just had a look at the bottle: yes 7,5'er oil from wilbers!!
Yes I've been in OSL on friday and it's been really weird: my new 998S engine is just awesome, so much faster, the Brembo-radial-pump makes such a big difference in braking, man, I outbraked so much of those guys....I really felt so much faster but was 2 seconds slower than before with my 996!!!
The only problem I really had was entering a corner. The bike has this "nose high" attitude that it was really hard work to come around a corner. I feel like I should drop the front to get the geometry work again, but this is stupid regarding the fact that there is 4 cm (!!) unused travel left. The fork should drop itself through work!!
I'm going to strip both forks down today and compare the levels. Maybe I messed up the numbers. If not, then there really are different springs in there and I'll swap them.
Thanks for now, I think I'll test it again at the "Biketoberfest"...will you also be there??
Just opened up the old fork: the airgap is exact 135mm, wich is recommended per my 916 manual, and is the amount of 480ml (sorry I said 470 before...wrong!!). My 996 manual says 132mm airgap, wich is supposed to be 492ml. Interesting that the 998 service-book states the oil amount of that fork again at 480ml!!! (no airgap-data here!!)
@Ben: are you sure that airgap is right at 104mm?? Maybe the 999-Showa is changed somehow?!?
Now I go into the garage and check the 998's airgap!!