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Rear spring adjustment

I've read all the posts explaining the ins and outs of suspension settings... none I can find explain how to turn the rear spring adjustment ring.

Yes I know about the spanner wrench that is in the tool bag, but when I attempt to turn this ring it doesn't budge! I'm attempting to make this setting more stiff so I am pressing down on the ring with the wrench but it doesn't move.

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I keep a piece of tubing smashed to fit the wrench handy in my garage.
The extra leverage makes it easier to turn & control
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I've been meaning to do this too. After reading your post, I ran out to the garage and used the wrench to move it two clicks stiffer. It moved fine for me....granted I used a glove after the first attempt but it did move without too much problem. Watch your knuckles and give it hell!!
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I spray a little silicone on the adjuster. Made mine easier to turn.
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I've read all the posts explaining the ins and outs of suspension settings... none I can find explain how to turn the rear spring adjustment ring.

Yes I know about the spanner wrench that is in the tool bag, but when I attempt to turn this ring it doesn't budge! I'm attempting to make this setting more stiff so I am pressing down on the ring with the wrench but it doesn't move.

Any advice? Thank you.
Check out post #8 of this link concerning the adjusting tool in the tool kit. http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ad.php?t=20023 Getting the adjusting tool to fit the shock body better and having more leverage will make it a snap.
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shock adjust spaner

After discovering that the spanner in my tool kit would not work I got out the same tool I use to remove the oil filter. A 12 inch channel lock. It works really well.
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You can slip the tool bag's flat hollow handle on it for more leverage, while holding the spanner secured on the adjuster ring with your other hand. I have no problem with it. Some lube will help, as mentioned. It's easier if the suspension is fully extended up while leaning on the sidestand.

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I took an old floor jack handle, and cut a slit in the rubber of the grip.
Slipped the wrench in that, the rubber holds the wrench tight, and the
long handle gives you plenty of leverage.
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Every one has some kind of problem with that little tool. not sure what the JAP's at Kawa were thinking when the made the tool.

Me , just use the JAP tool with a little level...works fine..

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Every one has some kind of problem with that little tool. not sure what the JAP's at Kawa were thinking when the made the tool.

Me , just use the JAP tool with a little level...works fine..

You mean with a little more leverage (extention pipe)?

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You can slip the tool bag's flat hollow handle on it for more leverage, while holding the spanner secured on the adjuster ring with your other hand. I have no problem with it.
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Its a dollar screwdriver and grind a notch on the business end.
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It lives in. The lock holder under the seat



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I don't remember if the tool on the V is the same as the one on the 250R Ninja but I use this way to adjust the Ninja's preload. Sprayed some WD40, let soak and then attempt to adjust. Worked out ok.


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As soon as I put my V up on her brand new rear stand I was able to adjust the shock without trouble.
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Another small problem is the supplied wrench says 37.5 and I think the shock is actually a 35mm. So the wrench is a little too big and that is why we have to grind a notch to keep it from slipping off and scratching the paint or less important smashing my knuckles.

Just as a note, I get a difference of 10mm sag per click on the shock collar give or take a little.

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