How to adjust rear shock
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  1. #1
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    How to adjust rear shock

    I have a 2006, and want to toy with the shock adjustment. Didn't see it in the tagged thread. I also want to try and figure out what setting it is on. I have no idea. I think i have the adjusting tool in my kit (bought used). Anyone got a good "how to" or know if there is a video on it? Youtube didn't help in this case.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Leg Humps The Snap On Tool Man
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    How too: lift and support the rear of the bike so the tire hangs, pull the chevron shaped plastic piece that covers the rear swing arm, left side. You may also have to pull the tool box compartment off the bike.
    The tool is a spanner wrench. It looks like a hook with a handle. Twist the shock collar that the spring sits on. If you twist so the spring compresses more it will be a stiffer ride, looser - softer.

    Hope this helps.
    NMc
    Last edited by fear_cartaidh; 11-13-2010 at 11:50 AM.
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    Well done fear...

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    Thanks!!! Yeah, you do have to pull the toolbox, but that is easy. Had it off the other day with good access to the spring. I have the hook tool, didn't know how to use it though. Will give it a shot.
    I wish there was a numbering system on the spring collar so I could tell which setting it is on. I also didn't find the how to in the users manual.....

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    Leg Humps The Snap On Tool Man
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    Well if we call the softest setting 1 and the hardest 6. I run on 5.
    Wrap the hook around the collar so it fits in a detent and twist. As it twists it will move up a kind of stair case formed into the collar against a welded tab on the shock tube. Do not go above 6 and drop off the last setting. Swap the spanner wrench around to go the other direction so you are always pulling with it never pushing.

    NMc
    Profesional technition, auto, small engine and heavy diesel with five years paid experience and many more as a hobbyist.

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    U.B's LoveChild
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    my tool kit didnt have a spanner wrench, i just used a channel lock plier and my gorilla hands.
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    I'm not sure if thats the "Correct" way to do it but I just let the bike sit on the kickstand and use the spanner wrench....this sparked my interest a bit....correct me if I'm wrong but in the turns a firmer rear will help you feel a little more stable, right?
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    ......VTX that is.


 

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