Sportster Rear Suspension Adjustment

Discussion in 'Sportster Models' started by cedarbrook63, Jun 15, 2010.

  1. cedarbrook63

    cedarbrook63 Junior Member

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    Just wondering: is there a tool most of us would have in the box or a means of adjusting the preload on the rear suspension for the Sportster that avoids buying the HD tool? I haven't adjusted it yet but will be loading it up with gear and pillion in a few weeks and I'll need to!
    Thanks for any suggestions :D.
     
  2. cedarbrook63

    cedarbrook63 Junior Member

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    You're a top bloke Hobbit - I'll call you when I get home.:D
     
  3. Dr. Dolittle

    Dr. Dolittle Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    Wow, that was easy!!! :D
     
  4. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    I would just dig about in the bottom of my old tool box till i found an appropriate sized c spanner
    ive got a few of different sizes some came from my dad others gatherd over the years
    having replaced shocks on bikes in the past koni tri rates came with their own c spanner so the one from bike tool kit went in the tool box

    Brian
     
  5. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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    Last edited: Jun 16, 2010
  6. DZRyder

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    Alarge pair of channel locks with a rag to protect the shocks works in a jiffy. i wouldn't do it all the time
     
  7. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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    Doh! Channel Locks have serated jaws...Score card: Adjusted Shocks: $10 spanner verses scarred chrome or black finished shock: $300 (for new pair of Progressive Shocks)...be careful out there...:bigsmiley30:
     
  8. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    Use the proper tool as NewHD said, anyone can do it wrong and ruin a good pair of shocks:s
     
  9. cedarbrook63

    cedarbrook63 Junior Member

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    Sound advice guys thanks.
     
  10. nakkers

    nakkers Active Member

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    The timing of this post couldn't have been more appropriate. I happenned to consider my options.

    I decided a quick visit to the dealer was in order.

    Picked up the tool for $14.95 plus tax. Canadian pricing is another thread altogether but, for less than $20 bucks, I'm good to go.

    And me and the passengers are much happier now too!