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post #1 of 3 Old 09-10-2008, 05:08 PM Thread Starter
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Stock rear shock adjustment

I read my manual for adjusting the preload, but am worried about torquing the bolt. I understand the bolt adjusts the preload ,but its really had to turn. I am afraid I will snap the bolt before it adjusts any.
Is it really that hard to adjust due to the weight of the bike? The bolt doesn't look rusty. I am guessing teh higher the # the harder the shock gets? Thanks.
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post #2 of 3 Old 09-10-2008, 05:39 PM
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You are correct, the higher the number the harder it gets. Also only turn the bolt clockwise, DO NOT try going counter Clockwise or you will bust the internals. Try raising the bike with a lift if you have one, If not, go ahead and adjust it sitting on the side stand. Also when you go from 5 the harshest setting to one, it will pop big time, but will be ok, it is just the spring going from all the tension to very little tension.

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