Originally Posted by TRF415boy
If you don't know what wheel rates are then I'm sorry but you should look it up before anything as it is the base of everything that relates to suspension settings.
Once you understand it everything will be clear.
I think understanding the physics and using clear language is more important than mastering the lingo. Whatever you call it, any spring in the world is going to be harder to compress as you compress it further. It is a law of physics no matter what you call it.
And it is the same law of physics that says springs compress following a linear relation to force.
Don't worry, I understand these things very well and I agree that the upper mounting point needs to be along the shock shaft otherwise the compressing force imparted by the suspension arm is only partially going to contribute to compressing the shock. And I do agree the more laid down the shock the less of that force is going to compress the shock as the arm sweeps up. The way it was explained initially by sosidge didn't make sense and was wrong, that was my comment.