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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Jun 22nd, 2010, 1:40 pm Thread Starter
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Rear Shock Setting on '02 KRS

Hello!

I'm experiencing a guessing game.

With spanner wrench in hand, is there an indicator mark/notch in metal on the rear shock housing to dial in 1 to 7 shock settings? Is it imaginary and under the hard to soft dampening screw? At the front (bottom) of the shock? At the read of the shock?


My ’05 LT had a knob and a twist of it was all you needed.
Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Jun 22nd, 2010, 6:03 pm
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Clymer to the rescue.....sort of!

"Turn the adjuster ring with the spanner wrench and align the appropriate preload number on the ring with the raised detent on the shock absorber."....?????

Very useful....might make sense to you, but I don't have a shock like that, mine has the remote. By detent I'd assume they mean the thingie where the ring locks into position.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old Jun 22nd, 2010, 6:19 pm
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MY 04 GT has an adjustment knob on the left side, just under the grab handle. I would assume your RS is the same.

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Nope, not all the same

I change my stock shock out too long ago to remember the numbers being on the ring, but regardless, IF your 02 is like my '00 stock suspension was, then you can simply count the number of levels you wish to dial in. I simply would say that 0 is where the metal protrusion the steps rest on is at the least amount of compression, As you rotate the ring with your spanner, it will get harder to turn because you are compressing the spring more each time and the resistance is increasing. Simply count the number of ramp steps you want, and rotate it to that position. It is advisable to have the bike on the center stand for this so the only compression of the spring is due to the ramp setting. Adjust, test, readjust, test again. Repeat until you are happy.

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That's a big help

Y2K12RS and all others,

I kind of had that feeling about the shock and vaguely remember this from my '03 KLT as it was similar. I have been the busiest with adjustment trying to get the highest setting for my 32 Inseam, with the seat in the high position. Turning clockwise tightens the spring. Funny, set at 7 and with the seat in the high position, I felt that am leaning too far forward over the tank. Backing off the setting made the ride more enjoying and I was down in the saddle more.

Appreciate the help!

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I couldn't find anything that MARKS where it should be also. So I started tightening and then it went, BANG. It was back at the beginning again. So then I just counted to the number that I wanted. But be careful that the BANG does not bite your fingers.
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