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Zero9999



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2010 10:09 pm    Post subject: How to Adjust the rear Shock? Reply with quote

Hello everyone,
This might be a dumb question, But does anyone know how to adjust the rear shock to make it stiffer, I see its half way and I would like to max it out for when I have my woman on the back..

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2010 1:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Me too, i've been bottoming out lately with the girl on the back.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2010 1:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think your underseat tool kit is suppose to have a special wrench for adjusting it. I'm not positive because my bike doesn't have that kit.

With that said I've always just used a large slot wrench (and sometimes a rag to prevent teeth marks).
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2010 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the tool he means looks something like this, and comes in the black tool case near your battery.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2010 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey guys, thank you very much for the quick reply!! I will try that asap, luckily I have the tool kit under the seat.

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Cheers Smile


Thanks Drake for the pic!

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wear a glove on your wrench hand. If that thing slips, you'll skin a knuckle.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Nova,
I figured that out on the first turn, I placed a bar at the end of the wrench for leverage, the shock did tighten up a bit, thanks for the info everyone!

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 7:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ANy suggestions on what to do if you don't have the tool to adjust?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tehninja wrote:
ANy suggestions on what to do if you don't have the tool to adjust?


You'll have to buy a replacement or rig something up yourself. Here's one source:


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A bit pricey, but almost guaranteed to work. Might check with a local dealer too. Maybe they have one laying around in the back they'd be willing to sell for cheap. In a pinch a strap wrench may work, but I'd be careful of crushing the adjuster ring.

EDIT: OK, not almost guaranteed. I didn't look real close at the size specs. Anyone know what the size is for the seca shock collar?

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Had to use a really big pair of Channel Lock pliers on a buddy's bike, cuz he lost the tool and mine was different. put a rag under the jaws so not to scratch the hell out of it.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 6:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ztfdrake61 wrote:
Had to use a really big pair of Channel Lock pliers ............ put a rag under the jaws so not to scratch the hell out of it.



yup. easiest way without the spanner wrench, but can take a little more muscle though, but not too bad.

but its always best to use the right tool for the job.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check your local motorcycle junkyard. You'd be surprised what you can find. The tool doesn't actually have to match perfectly; I used the one off my old FZR on a friend's GSXR a few years back, and it worked fine. Just be sure to check it before you leave the shop, to make sure it'll fit. I'm not at home right now, but I'm sure somebody on here should be able to measure the width of the tool, and post it here. As long as the 'jaw' is close to the right width, and it's 'tooth' fits into the slots on the shock, it'll work fine.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 21, 2010 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Found this while I was poking around ebay:


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It's got the adjustment tool in it. Might be a worthwhile purchase.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A lockring wrench for bicycles will do it.

Also, it's a pretty simple tool. If you have access to metal working stuff and some 1/8" steel scrap, you could make one in an hour or so.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2011 4:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Knipex cobra pliers will do the trick without marring the hell out of the adjuster ring Smile A quite high in price if they aren't something you use every day...

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