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'15 preload tool aka for the left fork tube?

Stupid question, for my '15 650 LT do I need a special fork preload tool?
I'm used to a 14 socket, and not such open diamante shape lol

Ideas would be great, because my preload is to soft based on the fork zip tie it's button out.

Thanks.... Cheers
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Stupid question, for my '15 650 LT do I need a special fork preload tool?
I'm used to a 14 socket, and not such open diamante shape lol

Ideas would be great, because my preload is to soft based on the fork zip tie it's button out.

Thanks.... Cheers
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I just used a straight blade screwdriver. Worked fine.
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Anyone able to explain to a numpty like me how/why to adjust this? I have a '15 650,weigh 90kg, and sometime ride 2 up - any change from factory recommended?

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Anyone able to explain to a numpty like me how/why to adjust this? I have a '15 650,weigh 90kg, and sometime ride 2 up - any change from factory recommended?
I found the front suspension to be set too soft and spongy for my liking. When I'd hit a rough patch of road it felt like a pogo stick bouncing up and down.

If you haven't done so already, take a look at the adjustment charts in the manual. Go ahead and tweak the settings a bit to see how it changes the feel. It's easy enough to do and you can return them to the current settings at any time.
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Anyone able to explain to a numpty like me how/why to adjust this? I have a '15 650,weigh 90kg, and sometime ride 2 up - any change from factory recommended?

To me, suspension setting is the most subjective topic (aside from motoman method, WD-40, Synthetic oil or not, helmet on not ...)

All kiddind appart, suspension setting is a confort thing and handling thing, and sometimes those two line never cross

You'll have to fiddle with the available ajustement to figure out where you are and where you want to be

One things that seems consistant is the SAG, and if you do a chearch on the forum, you will find a few post, if not many, about that
You'll need to have someone with you for ajusting the sag, but from what I could gather, it does a lot of good

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Yes, before you make any changes to your suspension, adjust the front and rear "sag" first. The "short answer" on adjusting sag is - measure the amount of spring compression - 1) from fully extended to 2) compressed under the weight of you, your gear and the bike. Then adjust the preload on the springs until the static sag is about 30% in the front and about 35% in the rear. This gets the suspension in the best operating range. Then go for a ride. Tweak the rebound adjustments (if available) until it rides the way you like it. See the interweb for details on the procedure.
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[QUOTE=GermanHornet;1008673]Stupid question, for my '15 650 LT do I need a special fork preload tool?
I'm used to a 14 socket, and not such open diamante shape lol

I am the least expert here, but I think we missed the original problem here. Poster says he used a 14 socket and in the pic you can see marks on the red piece. Shouldn't he be turning the silver screw inside the red ring and NOT the red ring??? Chuck

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Stupid question, for my '15 650 LT do I need a special fork preload tool?
I'm used to a 14 socket, and not such open diamante shape lol

I am the least expert here, but I think we missed the original problem here. Poster says he used a 14 socket and in the pic you can see marks on the red piece. Shouldn't he be turning the silver screw inside the red ring and NOT the red ring??? Chuck
I took it to mean that he's been accustomed to using a socket on whatever his previous bike was so the setup on the V is new to him.
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I took it to mean that he's been accustomed to using a socket on whatever his previous bike was so the setup on the V is new to him.
I think you are probably right. Having read it again, I guess where it says "diamante shape" is supposed to be diamond shape, which would probably mean the silver center piece. Thx, chuck
PS: Glad to read the other suggestions about "sag" and other adjustments as I have had my V about 3 weeks and that was the next thing I was going to tackle.

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I took it to mean that he's been accustomed to using a socket on whatever his previous bike was so the setup on the V is new to him.
This is also how I read the OP.


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