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post #1 of 20 Old 03-22-2010, 06:04 AM Thread Starter
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suspension ?

How do i adjust my suspension? i will probably want to do front and back, my bike don't handle very well. It feels like the front is all over the place. and my rear susp. is on 1 and i still cant make it budge, i am 145 lbs but i figured it would ride alittle soft when it was set on 1. any suggestions will help thanks
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post #2 of 20 Old 03-22-2010, 06:45 AM
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What year is the bike? (This is the Pre-08' forum)
On Pre-08's, you just turn the fastener on the bottom of the rear shock and it'll rotate your preload adjuster. Usually takes a 12mm socket to do so.
It'll rotate to a heavier setting, and once you're at the highest setting, you rotate it one more time and it'll return back to the lowest setting where you just start over.

On Gen II bikes, someone else will have to chime in..

The front is only adjustable if you change your spring, preload spacer, or oil type or level..
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Hey paper thanks, should have told yall it is a 2006. Is there anyway to adjust the front with out getting to springs?
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post #4 of 20 Old 03-22-2010, 07:09 AM
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If your bike is like mine (2007), there are air valves on top. These are to let air that has built up out, not to put air in. Make sure to release any pressure in there. Other than that, Paper is right that the only changes you can make is to the springs, oil viscosity, or the preload spacer. If you want the front to be softer, you could remove the top caps and the spacer is right there on top. It is 5 1/2" . You can cut a piece of 3/4" PVC to be 5" long and put that in place. This will loosen the tension on the spring. If you want it stiffer, cut the pipe 6 or 6 1/2 inches. Of course do this to both forks.

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post #5 of 20 Old 03-22-2010, 07:16 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks John, i noted the air valves on top of the shocks didn't know what they were for so didn't mess with them. I will check to see if there is any pressure in them later. I'm going to do alittle playing around with them to see if i can get the bike to handle alittle better with me on it. Thanks guys. Jesse
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post #6 of 20 Old 03-22-2010, 07:29 AM
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Those are the cheap things to adjust.. From there, it gets expensive..

On the front, if you want lighter I'd kick around shortening your spacers as John mentioned.. Just take off a bit at a time until you like it.. Lighter weight oil might help this situation, too..

Oh, and remember to only do one side at a time unless you have a stand to get the front end of the bike off the ground
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post #7 of 20 Old 03-28-2010, 09:52 AM
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I bought a heavier spring for the rear and cannot find a video of how to change it. Anybody got instructions on how to do this?

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post #8 of 20 Old 03-28-2010, 02:42 PM
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I haven't been able to find any vids either. Although, I have found several posts that say to ignore the Shop Manuals that say to disassemble the rear end. If you have an ATV lift raise the bike up, support the rear tire with a 2x4 and unbolt the dog-bones aka links, and undo bolt at top of the shock, drop it out and swap the spring. As far as I understand you have to compress the spring and then can spin the "keeper" to slide the spring off. Then reverse of this to install. Google klr, rear spring install, and look for the threads.

I am going to order a Topgun spring before too long and do this as well. But, first gotta do the front spacers etc.

If you find a video please post it.

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post #9 of 20 Old 03-28-2010, 03:27 PM
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That is what I got, a top gun. I guess what you are saying is I will have to remove the whole shock? I thought I could get away with just taking the bottom off and swapping springs. I will keep looking to find out. Meanwhile, I will plan on removing the whole shock.

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post #10 of 20 Old 03-28-2010, 03:53 PM
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Ya gotta remove the shock to swap the spring.
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