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Old 04-14-2021, 01:23 PM   #16
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First make sure there is a step in the ramp to take and that its not already max out...

Next don't force it... you may need to remove the spring to clean any corrosion between the adjuster and spring...
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Old 04-14-2021, 01:28 PM   #17
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Dave Moss shows how it's done

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jlbca0SIxhw


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Is this one supposed to rotate against the yellow spring? Can't believe it was engineered that way.
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Suspension has to be unloaded to turn adjuster. Jack up bike so swingarm is at full droop and rear-wheel is off ground.
No, not necessary

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Old 04-14-2021, 01:36 PM   #18
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It might not be necessary, but it does help.

OP: Perhaps the adjuster is at the limit of its range. Try turning it the other direction.
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Old 04-14-2021, 01:53 PM   #19
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YouTube is your friend. This guy went from 5 to 4 to 3.
Yes, I have watched this video about 10 times already. In fact, it is this video that prompted me also to go back to factory settings. I've adjusted everything else(and the bike feels much more comfortable and no hobby-horsing now) but rear preload.

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Have you considered trying a drift punch and a two pound hammer?
I'm never good at doing something just right and so feel nervous about wrecking it altogether in the process.

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Perhaps the adjuster is at the limit of its range. Try turning it the other direction.
That is what I'm probably going to try next. Gently.
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Old 04-14-2021, 02:23 PM   #20
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Dave Moss shows how it's done
Adjustable C-spanner is what I need.
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Old 04-14-2021, 04:13 PM   #21
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Judging by the looks of the same shock (but a better view because its off the bike), I would say that your shock adjustment is bottomed out.
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Judging by the looks of the same shock (but a better view because its off the bike), I would say that your shock adjustment is bottomed out.
So I need to back off enough to get it back to where I need it to be? I will check it out. Thanks!
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Old 04-14-2021, 08:08 PM   #23
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I will check it out. Thanks!
I was able to turn the other way, i.e., down but now can't go back up.
Instead of the adjuster turning, the whole shock now turns when I try to go back up.
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Old 04-14-2021, 09:24 PM   #24
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I was able to turn the other way, i.e., down but now can't go back up.
Instead of the adjuster turning, the whole shock now turns when I try to go back up.
Have you removed the bike's weight from the rear wheel?
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Old 04-14-2021, 09:28 PM   #25
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Have you removed the bike's weight from the rear wheel?
Yes.
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Old 04-17-2021, 02:36 PM   #26
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Finally, the job is done successfully. This is the tool(bought at CycleGear for $10) I used:
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FYI: The rear tire needs to be on the ground, or else the shock will move on its mounts too much when trying to rotate the collar. The tool doesn't exactly fit as you'd like to, but you can do it, as I did, with some patience. I hope my experience will help someone.
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Old 04-17-2021, 03:36 PM   #27
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Very persistent, good job!
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Old 04-19-2021, 06:50 AM   #28
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Very persistent, good job!
Thanks. There is nothing to compare the satisfaction one gets after doing a job right. Once I knew that it was not stuck, I had to go all the way.
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Old 04-19-2021, 08:31 AM   #29
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If you ever take the shock off, put a little moly paste on the bumps. It'll make it easier to turn.
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