THE TEST DRIVE
John stated the best way to tune in a set of adjustable shocks is to start with the compression settings first and then move on to the rebound. Then, you can go back and make any minor adjustments to either, once you have a good base line. John also recommended we see what the range the shocks have, so that is why the first two adjustments will be 12 clicks (half way) and then 24 clicks (full).

Adjustment
Setting
Effect
1
C-F&B- 12 clicks
Less nose dive on braking - morereactive on the steering response.
2
C-F&B- 24 clicks
Can feel every imperfection inthe road. John stated, "You could feel a nickel if you ran it over,right now" The rear jumped out over tracks, meaning the tires left theground, which is not good. Tight steering response, which means yourbody bounces all over inside the truck.
3
C-F&B- 18 clicks Responsive steering with nochatter over bumps. Comfortable ride, not too
sensitive, but not slushy - this works well.
4
R-F&B- 12 clicks
Stiffened up the ride - wordused harsh. Feels bouncy, John says, "That is the front and rear of thetruck fighting each other."
5
R-F&B- 24 clicks Bouncy and hard on the abs, nota good ride at all for a street truck.
6
R-F&B- 8 clicks Back feels good - feels likethere is not enough rebound in the front.
7
R-Fonly - 12 clicks
Perfect ride for the front.Tires are in control, with not a lot of bounce and great steeringresponse. Back now feels like it has too much compression.
8
C-Bonly - 14 clicks
Pleasant ride but bottoms outtoo easy.
9
C-Bonly - 16 clicks No bottom-out but a littlebouncy.
10
C-Bonly - 15 clicks Perfection, no bottom-out, andnot quite as harsh.
Key: C=Compression; R=Rebound; F=Front; B=Back

Final Settings:
Front:
C-18
R-12
Back:
C-15
R-8

SOURCE
Hotchkis Performance
12035 Burke St., Ste. 13
Santa Fe Springs
CA  90670
877-466-7655
www.hotchkis.net
QA1 Precision Products
21730 Hanover Ave.
Lakeville
MN  55044