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Old 04-17-2012, 09:45 PM   #31 (permalink)
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I would take a pic of the process for you, but I have the progressive spring now which is a different adjustment process.
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Well that's what I'll do. I've got a mid-sized hydraulic jack. I'll just get a buddy to come by and help hold the bike to make sure it doesn't fall over. I can do most mechanical stuff but this thing is hard to get at and I thought you needed that spanner wrench, so I bought one and then the mechanic still can't do it.

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Hey Immortal, Good idea having friend hold bike for you. just put screwdriver against side of a hole that you want to move sleeve toward. Should be relatively easy with weight off rear wheel. Try to keep jack back far enough so that you only raise rear wheel off ground.
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Hey Immortal, Good idea having friend hold bike for you. just put screwdriver against side of a hole that you want to move sleeve toward. Should be relatively easy with weight off rear wheel. Try to keep jack back far enough so that you only raise rear wheel off ground.
And use a piece of thin wood or rubber on the jack as well so you don't scratch the bottom of the frame.
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Will do Sander. Thanks for the tips guys. Looks like I didn't need the stupid spanner wrench then.
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Will do Sander. Thanks for the tips guys. Looks like I didn't need the stupid spanner wrench then.
Let us know how that works. I too am having problems getting it to turn in the direction to tighten it up. Like I said before the mechanic at the dealer loosened it in the parking lot on the kick stand with the tool they gave me when I bought the bike. But I couldn't get it to move and the mechanic at the tire shop couldn't either and he had it up on his lift and I watched he push real hard and the hole thing moved but it would not click into the next notch. I wonder if the lowering links make it harder. And no you should not have to take anything off to get the tool on it except the side cover.
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Will do Sander. Thanks for the tips guys. Looks like I didn't need the stupid spanner wrench then.
Let us know how that works. I too am having problems getting it to turn in the direction to tighten it up. Like I said before the mechanic at the dealer loosened it in the parking lot on the kick stand with the tool they gave me when I bought the bike. But I couldn't get it to move and the mechanic at the tire shop couldn't either and he had it up on his lift and I watched he push real hard and the hole thing moved but it would not click into the next notch. I wonder if the lowering links make it harder. And no you should not have to take anything off to get the tool on it except the side cover.
Didn't have time to look at it today, but I will post when I do.

That's exactly what was happening with my mechanice. He guessed maybe the lowering link were the prob.....??
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Will do Sander. Thanks for the tips guys. Looks like I didn't need the stupid spanner wrench then.
Let us know how that works. I too am having problems getting it to turn in the direction to tighten it up. Like I said before the mechanic at the dealer loosened it in the parking lot on the kick stand with the tool they gave me when I bought the bike. But I couldn't get it to move and the mechanic at the tire shop couldn't either and he had it up on his lift and I watched he push real hard and the hole thing moved but it would not click into the next notch. I wonder if the lowering links make it harder. And no you should not have to take anything off to get the tool on it except the side cover.


Didn't have time to look at it today, but I will post when I do.

That's exactly what was happening with my mechanice. He guessed maybe the lowering link were the prob.....??
Ok maybe the links are causing too much presser on the spring to allow it to turn especially to tighten it?
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Ok...got it done friday with the help of one of my guys that works for me. Tried the screwdriver method but it didn't want to turn. We put the bike on a jack and as he put the spanner wrench around the adjustment dial, I pushed the "hook" into one of the holes with a screwdriver(from the exhaust side)to make sure it was down in the whole and "caught". It moved very easily and we moved it 3 notches to a setting of 7. No more bottoming out. Thanks for the tips guys.
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If i do not have a jack, can i get this done? The dealership wants to charge me 50+ to give it a try.
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