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Rear spring adjustment..at wit's end.

Okay guys. I'm extremely ticked off, frustrated, and in an all around poor mood, over trying to adjust the spring on my rear shock. This little piece of crap, pot metal, spawn of satan, spanner wrench that came with the bike has busted my stinking knuckles too many times.

Why in the heck is this adjustment nut/collar thing so hard to turn??

Is there a simple way to do it that I'm missing? I spent two hours tonight attempting to not cuss up a storm. Was so worked up I had to come in and read my bible.

Can you guys give some advice please?

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Why in the heck is this adjustment nut/collar thing so hard to turn??

Is there a simple way to do it that I'm missing?
Mine wasn't as hard as yours, but wasn't always easy. Maybe a little lube around the collar and the pawls? It might help if you don't get lube where the wrench fits.

If you really want to make it easy, lift the back of the bike via the subframe with ratcheting straps--the way you might to remove the shock.

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I put a little moly grease on the ridges to make it slide easier. I also bought an adjustable shock wrench. If you're using the tool kit wrench put about a foot of pipe on the end of it.

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WD40 and she will slip and slide for you.
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When adjusting the rear shock with the stock tool I use a small pipe over the handle to make it easier.
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1. Squirt some wd40
2. Add a pipe to the handle as the stock one is to short for strenght leverage
3. Get another spanner/wrench.

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You are using the supplied extension on the spring preload adjustment tool? I secure tool on adjuster ring with left hand, while rotating it with right hand. Works fine.
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Some made a notch on the tool to make it more secure... View post to see photo:

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I had the same issue. Just cut a notch in the outer end as I did in photo, works flawlessly.

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This tool does the rear shock easily.

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I had to come in and read my bible.
I must have missed the part about motorcycle maintenance...

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I must have missed the part about motorcycle maintenance...
There is the bit about Triumph in the Lord but not sure if Kawasaki is mentioned
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I must have missed the part about motorcycle maintenance...
It wasn't the motorcycle maintenance it was the soul maintenance. I shouldn't have been getting so ticked off.


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I've tried everything mentioned in this thread with no luck. Thanks for giving me that link invader. I bought the tool mentioned in that thread for $14. I'll pay $14 to put this problem to bed.


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The adjustment wrench in the tool kit also has a handle extender that slips over it to provide more leverage. Are you using the extender?
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http://www.amazon.com/Drag-Specialties-Spanner-Wrench-77-2003-BC3/dp/B000WNK8OS/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1366641510&sr=8-5&keywords=shock+spanner.
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Don't like the one that came with the bike.
bought this one for the garage.
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My stock tool had a high spot in the center that rides on the adjustment nut, and allows the end to slide out of the hole. If you grind down the high spot, the wrench works fine. More leverage with the provided pipe, or something similar. Several solutions, as noted here. Good Luck!
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I'm going to ask a silly question, so please don't get offended. Are you trying to 'push' or 'pull' the shock wrench to get the adjuster to move?

Falling down is your bodies way of saying you just screwed up.

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There is the bit about Triumph in the Lord but not sure if Kawasaki is mentioned
I laughed out loud, right here in the the office, when I read this!
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I laughed out loud, right here in the the office, when I read this!
WWJD - What Would Jesus Drive? Answer: A Honda.
To quote scripture, John 17:13 "...and Jesus and all his disciples shall be in one Accord..."
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