shocks

Discussion in 'Softail Models' started by chuck60, Sep 3, 2013.

  1. chuck60

    chuck60 Active Member

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    Can someone help me with adjusting the shocks on my 2012 softail classic. I want to increase the load ability. stone mountain said they would do it but will charge me 1 hours labor rate, I was told if you know how to do it, it's a 15 min. job, not worth paying them 100 bucks. The manual is not real clear, at least not to me. Thank you for any help you can give me.
    Charlie
     
  2. HDDon

    HDDon Experienced Member Contributor Retired Moderators

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  3. crusty61

    crusty61 New Member

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    Hi Charlie,
    It's very simple once you do it. First buy the tool at steelers or see if you can borrow one from a friend, they cost 10 bucks plus change. Look under the bike at the front of the shocks . There will be a plate with holes for the wrench to fit in. Make the position of each plate. There is a lock nut on each plate and you use the small end to turn them loose. Back off the nuts a few turns and insert the larger end of the tool that looks like a fork into the holes on the plate. turn each one the equal turns. I did mine one turn each and I was happy with that. If you want a stiffer ride turn the plate the other way! Your manual will tell you which way is soft or stiff. Hope this helps you!:60:
    Crusty61
     
  4. gator508

    gator508 Senior Member

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    From my manual
    "Turning the adjuster plates out (toward locknut) increases the spring preload to carry a heavier load"
    "Turning the adjuster plates in (away from the locknut) decreases the spring preload to carry a lighter load"

    The vehicle should be resting on the jiffy stand. Loosen the jam nut and proceed as above. You will need a spanner wrench HD part no. 94455-89
    Good luck!
     
  5. chuck60

    chuck60 Active Member

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    Do they want you to do a complete turn per setting ?
     
  6. gator508

    gator508 Senior Member

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    There are hole on the adjuster plate to be able to track the amount of adjustment. There is nothing indicated in the manual which states how far in or out the adjustment should be. For my softail I adjusted them to the point the bike no longer bottomed out when riding 2 up
     
  7. SoonerSoftail

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    You can do full turns, half turns or whatever. Just do both the same.
     
  8. chuck60

    chuck60 Active Member

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    One more ? do you turn them both the same way ( direction ) I want to make sure I do this correctly, my wife will be on the bike. Thanks, Charlie
     
  9. HDDon

    HDDon Experienced Member Contributor Retired Moderators

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    Both the same amount and the same way. I would try 1/2 turn increments.
     
  10. chuck60

    chuck60 Active Member

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    Thanks all for the help, it took about15mins to do. I have 1thread showing so to that means I can carry plenty of weight, is this correct.
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