Originally Posted by Nogard
Originally Posted by Toby
No hammer. It's really easy to loosen it but is a bit hard to turn to tighten it if you don't take some weight of the spring. I did mine from the left side to tighten it. I remove the upper belt guard and jacked the bike up a little. Put a pipe on the end of the provided tool for leverage and pulled toward me. Went from #1 to #7. A couple turns would not click all the way with one pull because it ran out of room, so I had to re adjust the bite on the tool. It was impossible to turn with the full weight of the bike on the shock.
This is what i'm thinking is going to be the case. I may just go to Seers and buy the motorcycle jack.
Just did mine the other day, tightened it, and didn't need jack etc. but that certainly might make the job easier. Make sure if you jack it up you have it strapped down tight since if it is tough to turn you'll be applying a fair amount of pressure.
Thoughts and procedure(sorry for the long post):
- My bike is new(less than 2 months old so might be easier to move than one that has been ridden more/older
- No lowering links or other suspension mods. If you have those they'll make the job much harder if they are compressing the spring
- Try squirting some sort of lubricant (WD40, liquid wrench etc.) on the collar to get rid of some of the built up gunk. You could also tap it with a hammer and long screw driver at a few points to break the seal like a jar of pickles
- I got access by removing the upper belt guard and going though that side(mentioned earlier in this post or another). The wrench just clears the stock 210 tire but gives you good leverage. You put the wrench in and feel for a good engagement point that is just slightly past midway on the rear tire. Then you'll have nice leverage to move it a notch at a time. This will make more sense once you put the spanner wrench in there.
- BTW, This approach works with the supplied Yamaha spanner wrench that comes w/ the bike and in 2 pieces. Other spanner wrenches might be too long/short
- To see the notches etc. you have to remove the muffler side small black cover that is just above the O2 sensor. Even then counting the notches requires you to get down on all fours like a friggin dog
Thanks Yamaha! And while I'm bitching they could have numbered or lettered them as well since seeing all the notches and counting them isn't very easy.
- Even on the jack, if you have the option of someone steadying the bike that would be great. Lord knows if it starts tipping you aren't going to stop it from the position you'll be at/in
- Oh yea almost forgot one last piece of advice: For stuck bolts etc. sometimes it's easier to go the other way first to get the whole thing to loosen up. In other words, loosen the shock first(which in theory should be a little easier anyway) and then tighten it once the mechanism is moving like it is supposed to. Best of luck.