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Old 04-12-2012, 10:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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For those of you who have not figured out how to adjust the rear shock yet, here's how I did it and it's very easy.
Remove the upper belt guard and you have a clear shot to the adjustment holes. Using your adjustment tool (the dealer gave you one with the bike, didn't he?) insert it into the holes with the handle extension in place. I used a wood chisel inserted in the extension handle for additional leverage. Push away from you to soften the shock and pull toward you to stiffen the shock. If you want to stiffen it, it may help to jack up the rear wheel to take some of the load off it. The dealer where I bought it couldn't figure out how to do it. He said to bring it back when I needed a new rear tire and they could adjust it for me then. I guess they were just not familiar with the Stryker. Livin' & Learnin'.
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Old 04-12-2012, 10:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Which direction are you facing when pushing or pulling?
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^ I was just wondering about that.
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You are working from the side the belt is on. That would be the left side of the bike as you sit on it. I weigh about 170 lbs. and have probably one intact vertebrae left so I softened it up 2 notches. I may go one more but the adjustment seems to help. The downside is if I meet up with a plump chick who needs a ride the suspension may be a little mushy. GRIN
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Duhhhhhh! I knew that. :-[
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Which direction are you facing when pushing or pulling?
immortal13, If your standing on the left side of the bike where the drive belt is, pushing towards the front of the bike stiffens the preload and pulling towards the rear tire softens the preload. If you go to the other side of the bike and peek through you can see the notch where the adjustment rides on.
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Which direction are you facing when pushing or pulling?
immortal13, If your standing on the left side of the bike where the drive belt is, pushing towards the front of the bike stiffens the preload and pulling towards the rear tire softens the preload. If you go to the other side of the bike and peek through you can see the notch where the adjustment rides on.
Gotcha...that's what I thought. So basically, the adjustment dial needs to be turned "clockwise" to stiffen and "counter-clockwise" to soften.

I bought a spanner wrench the other day from my local Yami dealership for $26.00 and was a little peeved to find out that obviously some sort of extension is needed. They told me nothing about this, of course.
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Which direction are you facing when pushing or pulling?
immortal13, If your standing on the left side of the bike where the drive belt is, pushing towards the front of the bike stiffens the preload and pulling towards the rear tire softens the preload. If you go to the other side of the bike and peek through you can see the notch where the adjustment rides on.
Gotcha...that's what I thought. So basically, the adjustment dial needs to be turned "clockwise" to stiffen and "counter-clockwise" to soften.

I bought a spanner wrench the other day from my local Yami dealership for $26.00 and was a little peeved to find out that obviously some sort of extension is needed. They told me nothing about this, of course.
You are going to be more peeved when you find out the were supposed to hand you the wrench with the extension when they handed you the owners manual
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Yeah, I know that Toby, but I bought my bike from a dealer in Wisconsin.....and I live in Texas. I've used my local dealership for a couple of things, plus bought a few parts, oil, ect. through them. I'm sure when they pull my name up in their system it probably says in bold "DID NOT BUY BIKE FROM US".....so I kinda expected the unfriendly attitude. If they don't improve on this, I'll just buy every **** thing I need ONLINE.

You hear that Tyler Yamaha....it's called the internet!!
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