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How to adjust shock collar on rear shock????

The title says it all. I'm frustrated because I can't get this thing to budge. The last time I got it move was with a flat head screw driver and a friend with a HUGE sledge hammer. It destroyed the screw driver and nearly destroyed my hand in the process though. I've tried the usual flat head screw driver and normal hammer but it does not work. I've also tried the tool in the tool kit but it does not supply enough leverage and comes off too easily to budge the collar. Is there a tool I can buy for this that makes it easy? Other suggestions?
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I use the C-spanner tool in the kit PLUS the pipe in the kit to extend the C-spanner tool to get more leverage.

It is not the best C-spanner to do it and have skinned a knuckle adjusting it.

There are other C-spanners tools you can buy - just take yours in to try and get one with similar or better curve to grip the shock - the stock C-spanner tends to pivot in the C and this lifts the tooth out of the groove making it slip and produces language only a sailors mum can understand!
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The toolkit spanner is worthless. I used a pair of channel lock pliers.
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The tool kit tool works well with the included extension if used properly... With rear suspension extended, hold tool on collar with one hand while pulling on lever extension with your other hand.

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The title says it all. I'm frustrated because I can't get this thing to budge. The last time I got it move was with a flat head screw driver and a friend with a HUGE sledge hammer. It destroyed the screw driver and nearly destroyed my hand in the process though. I've tried the usual flat head screw driver and normal hammer but it does not work. I've also tried the tool in the tool kit but it does not supply enough leverage and comes off too easily to budge the collar. Is there a tool I can buy for this that makes it easy? Other suggestions?
I TOO feel the OEM tool works fine when you do as invader suggests - EXTEND your rear suspension before starting, so as to "unload" the spring. You can extend it by CAREFUL use of a jack under the muffler (get a pal to assist if necessary), then EASILY turn the collar.

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