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post #1 of 15 Old 11-13-2006, 10:11 AM Thread Starter
 
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how do i adjust suspension..

Hey guys, i know this is a stupid question but i've been outside with the owners manual all morning trying to figure it out. I bought a 2001 KLR about a month ago and just recently noticed that my liscense plate is hitting the rear tire when i hit a big bump. i'm also a pretty big guy (6.6 and about 250) so i need to figure out how to get the suspension to its highest setting.

from the pics in the owners manual it looks like there is a nut on the top left side of the shock absorber that needs to come off.. and then there is a dial to adjust the suspension underneath it? any help would be appreciated, the pic in the owners manual does not seem to be enough info for me to figure it out.

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post #2 of 15 Old 11-13-2006, 10:51 AM
 
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Don't remove it, just crank it up to the desired feel. Also you can dial in the rebound on the bottom right side by taking off a black clip and it has a dial there for adjustment. I am 185 and check what my settings are if you'd like. It's sitting just outside the office. I do not load mine down that much.
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post #3 of 15 Old 11-13-2006, 12:18 PM
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+1 on bones.If you crank the top up it will go as far as five.If you go to far it will automatically reset to one.The bottom of the shock on the right side is the dampening return for the shock.I'm 6'2" and 250. I run the top on 5 and the bottom midrange.Works for me solo and loaded.

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post #4 of 15 Old 11-13-2006, 12:25 PM
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The top Pre-Load adjustment bolt only turns Clock-wise. 12mm bolt head.
As you turn it will 'clunk' into the diffrent settings. 5 in all.
when you get to 5 it will 'clunk' loud, and drop back to number 1 setting. It's a
fair amount of umph to get it to move. once you get the rachet loaded with pressure
you'll have to go about a half turn (I dont remember) or more for each number of adjustment.

on the very bottom right side of the shock is the black cover clip. The rebound damper adjustment only
goes one way also (forward I believe). it has the numbers and an Arrow with the direction
to turn it.

a 5 preload and maybe a 2-3 damper setting.
depending on your riding style.

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post #5 of 15 Old 11-13-2006, 03:32 PM
 
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Make sure you still have the stock shock before listening to us. Oh, and I heard it's easier to adjust if the rear wheel is off the ground. Good luck!
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post #6 of 15 Old 11-13-2006, 03:36 PM
 
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Here's a link to a website with pictures of what you need to do. You'll have to scroll down the page to find it. Again, good luck!

http://www.klr650.marknet.us/misc-info.html
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Oh, and I heard it's easier to adjust if the rear wheel is off the ground. Good luck!
Might be, but it is by no means difficult with it planted.
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post #8 of 15 Old 11-13-2006, 03:50 PM
 
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My shock pre-load adjuster (the 12mm bolt) snapped when I adjusted it for the 1st time on a new 05. Be careful and only adjust in the proper direction (clockwise). Dont back it down (counter-clockwise or it will break for sure). Mine broke with very little effort going in the proper direction. Good Luck
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post #9 of 15 Old 11-13-2006, 03:52 PM
 
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My shock pre-load adjuster (the 12mm bolt) snapped when I adjusted it for the 1st time on a new 05. Be careful and only adjust in the proper direction (clockwise). Dont back it down (counter-clockwise or it will break for sure). Mine broke with very little effort going in the proper direction. Good Luck
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Oh, and I heard it's easier to adjust if the rear wheel is off the ground. Good luck!
Might be, but it is by no means difficult with it planted.
I heard they're less likely to break with the wheel up. I did mine with it on the ground with no breakage. I don't quite understand how this will help, but like I said, it's what I heard.
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