Washers in fork tube?

So I know the 8 washers I pulled out from on top of the fork springs aren’t OEM Honda. And I sure as hell didn’t put them there. What the hell would have possessed the previous owner to put them in there??? I get they would compress the spring about 3/4 of an inch and thereby making them stiffer, but to what end? What possible benefit could that have been? Anyone?

Preloading the spring I’d suspect.

That would be better for a heavier rider generally speaking.

It is usually done to replace the air preload system in conjunction with disabling the anti dive.

Interesting. Your definitely right on the disabled anti dive. Works much better now. As my son would say, “looks kinda ghetto” . I agree. Thanks all!