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12-20-2014 09:03 AM
Originally Posted by easystreet View Post
Take the shock off the quad. I understand its a pain but it would be very easy at that point.
That would be best but I think I will leave it where it is now. To get only 3" of sag it would have to be pretty stiff.
12-19-2014 07:16 PM
easystreet Take the shock off the quad. I understand its a pain but it would be very easy at that point.
12-19-2014 03:14 PM
Sodfrk1990 I got my rear preload adjusted some but it was a pita. Im still a bit more then 30% rider sag but its closer then what it was. I had the weight off the spring and still had a hard time adjusting the collar down. I even tried to compress the spring but didnt have much room. I might have to adjust the compression and rebound some now also. Is it hard on the threads if the spring is fighting the adjustment?
08-05-2014 06:39 AM
dontfollowtoby very helpful
06-03-2011 01:48 PM
Originally Posted by corljones View Post
Great instructions! Now just have to get to the rear preload adjustment nut, I assume pulling the seat and airbox is the best way?
I would just reach under the seat thats how i did it. That way you don't have to take anything off, taking the airbox out would be a huge pita
06-03-2011 10:18 AM
corljones Great instructions! Now just have to get to the rear preload adjustment nut, I assume pulling the seat and airbox is the best way?
03-26-2011 11:13 AM
Rap660 saved.
09-06-2009 09:21 AM
700gitrdone I adjusted mine yesterday for a race, cranked down my front suspension preload. I jumped it and she bottemed out in the front and killed my wrists. So being looser in the front actually did not bottem out. There's got to be a line somewhere, cuz I figured it there too soft it would bottem out easier. But the theory of tightening it up made it worse.
09-05-2009 02:02 AM
Originally Posted by awwwdamn View Post
LOL, well i'm one of those 290 lb guys and actually chose my rappy bc it was a much more comfy feel than the 450 i was riding. But anyhow, would anyone have any "close settings" for the suspension for my kinda weight, or should i just make all adjustments at the park?
I'm 250 myself, If I recall correctly the stock 700 is spring for about 200lbs.
This is where custom shocks or custom revalve and spring jobs are handy.
For a few hundred dollars you can upgrade your stock shocks to better valves and correctly sized springs.

I'm sure a few people in here can recommend good shops for revalve spring jobs.

Here is an Elka manual that does a good job of explaining the basic steps in correctly setting up suspension. Everybody's final settings will be different depending on terrain, tires, riding style etc.
This manual steps you through what to change to address what you are feeling when you ride.
Start from here and take some tools with you the next time you head out to ride, spend an hour testing and tweaking your setup and you will reap the rewards in less arm fatigue and better times.
09-05-2009 01:46 AM
Sazjun The correct tool of course is the shock spanner wrench, cheap ones are around $10, good ones are $20 or more
While the fronts are relatively easy to adjust,
the rears often have to be removed in order to adjust them.
This of course takes the fun out of 'quick' adjustments.

This is what Air Shocks Like Fox are good for.
The preload adjustment is handled thru a pump.

And yes - I too have used a large screw driver and a hammer when I could not find the right tool.

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