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post #1 of 2 Old 11-20-2012, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
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Rear Shock Adjustment

Yup, another thread on this. I've looked at archives till I'm fuzzy and think I have the top adjustment figured out. Mine is a 2011, so I can turn the top adjustment bolt clockwise to 5, then counter-clockwise back to 1...right ?? I can see #5 showing, so, since the new 6.6 kg spring is now installed I may be able to back off on it a bit, eh ??

I'm still puzzled over the lower screw, tho'. When I pulled the shock off the bike, the screw was about flush with the surface. When the shop swapped springs for me today - he said they had an awful time with it, but it's done (for $38) - he backed off that lower screw to where it's standing proud of the surface about 1/16" to 1/8". Not much is said about that thing in the archives.

What exactly does it do and how do I tell which setting it's on ?? How do I tell which setting I need ?? Bike will be back together tomorrow and I'm anxious to see how all this stuff is going to work for me.

Thanks again..........Lar.
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post #2 of 2 Old 11-21-2012, 12:59 AM
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biglar -

I'm not sure if you ran across this thread, but there's some good discussion in it.

The setting on shock is such that pre-load increases as you turn the shock clockwise. Thus 1 is the lowest pre-load, 5 the highest. As you turn past 5 you should hear a loud clunk as the pre-load is released to the lowest setting.

When it is on 1 some will say you can turn it counter clockwise back to 5, but I would not. Doing so compresses the spring from min to max pre-load in one jump, which is quite a strain on the adjuster. Best to keep turning clockwise.

The adjustment on the bottom of the shock is a dampening adjustment. It should be placed in the middle of it's range and softened or tightened as suits the rider. If I recall correctly, it has a limited range of adjustment, but it's been a while.


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