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I went to adjust the rear preload on my Gen II and the hook
on the "C" spanner stubbornly disengages from the adjusting collar
as soon as you try to turn it.

The solution is to grind or file a 2mm wide notch into the "C"
spanner... Not to be confused with the notch already at the junction
of the "hook" and the "C"...

It works well; stopping the hook
from riding off the notches of the collar it hooks into.

I made my notch with a Dremel using the (about) 2mm diamond bit.
You could use a very small file or the tungsten impregnated wire
that's made for a standard hack saw frame... a pretty cheap item
from a good hardware store.

A metal tube about 18 inches long over the handle of the tool
works better than the dinky little sleeve in the tool kit too

You should get the gist of exactly how deep and where to put the
extra groove from the picture.
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When I've had to change the pre-load on my V650s, I always use a 'jack' under the muffler to reduce the load on the shock by SLIGHTLY raising the bike - WHILE ENSURING THE BIKE IS STILL STABLE...!

You can use tie-downs to something in the ceiling, to the handle-bars in the event it tries to tip....
 

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When I've had to change the pre-load on my V650s, I always use a 'jack' under the muffler to reduce the load on the shock by SLIGHTLY raising the bike - WHILE ENSURING THE BIKE IS STILL STABLE...!

You can use tie-downs to something in the ceiling, to the handle-bars in the event it tries to tip....
Very good Fast Eddie. (y)
Getting the suspension topped out
reduces the effort to defeat the detents (valleys) in the collar.

I squirted some WD40 between the shock and put a light
coat of zinc grease on the detents and peaks of the collar.

And used a race stand... the pick up points/spools for the stand
are closer to the swing arm axis so the suspension is less compressed...
still not as effective as taking all the weight off the swing arm by
jacking the bike up though Fast Eddie.

Having said that, with some lubricant, an 18" lever in the form of a metal tube on the C spanner
and that extra notch ground into the tool, the job's bulk easy.
 
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