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Old 04-07-2013, 07:41 AM   #8101
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no not yet.

I have the key blanks but need to call some special guy to get a key cut from the code that came in the bike's documentation. Apparently most ktm dealerships can't cut keys from codes and wanted me to spend an asinine amount of money on a new lock cylinder and key set.

For now I just have the bottom part of the lock cylinder zip tied to the spot where it usually sits and I actuate it with a screw driver
So you only had 1 key total?

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Old 04-07-2013, 08:10 AM   #8102
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Thanks!

None of the spring compressors were small enough to compress the spring that was already on the shock body so I cranked the preload down to compress it, zip-tied it and then released the preload. I used the thick 175lb rated ties and was kind nervous about it so I went a little overboard with them. Worked well. Did the same thing to install the new spring essentially but used a spring compressor instead of the shock preload.

Ok, I have to ask, why? I put the same spring on my shock and certainly didn't need any sort of spring compressor to swap them.
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Old 04-07-2013, 09:58 AM   #8103
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Ok, I have to ask, why? I put the same spring on my shock and certainly didn't need any sort of spring compressor to swap them.
I used the compressors to avoid further damage to the collars.
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Old 04-07-2013, 11:04 AM   #8104
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Any easy way of adjusting the spring whilst installed on the bike ? apart from using a hammer and screwdriver !

PO has it cranked down at least 5cm.
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Old 04-07-2013, 12:10 PM   #8105
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Any easy way of adjusting the spring whilst installed on the bike ? apart from using a hammer and screwdriver !

PO has it cranked down at least 5cm.

don't use a hammer and a screw driver...unless possibly you have the beefier aftermarket ring on there. if you do that to the ring on the 08 it will jam and then its a lot of fun to remove.
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Old 04-07-2013, 12:24 PM   #8106
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Any easy way of adjusting the spring whilst installed on the bike ? apart from using a hammer and screwdriver !

PO has it cranked down at least 5cm.
I've been trying to figure out if I can get one of these to work:

http://www.xtrig.com/de/Produkte/Preload-Adjuster.html
http://www.btosports.com/p/MERGEHPL

BTW, I just came back from my dealer where I asked them for some help setting the sag. They used a drift punch and a hammer to loosen the lock ring and made a mess of the thing in the process. The edges of ring are now mashed over and there is even a small spot where they dinged the thread on the shock. I was pissed when I got the bike back. Don't know if that's "just how it's done" but I won't be done that way on my bike.

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Old 04-07-2013, 12:51 PM   #8107
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don't use a hammer and a screw driver...unless possibly you have the beefier aftermarket ring on there. if you do that to the ring on the 08 it will jam and then its a lot of fun to remove.
no never, its soft alu, would be crazy to.

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I've been trying to figure out if I can get one of these to work:

http://www.xtrig.com/de/Produkte/Preload-Adjuster.html
http://www.btosports.com/p/MERGEHPL

BTW, I just came back from my dealer where I asked them for some help setting the sag. They used a drift punch and a hammer to loosen the lock ring and made a mess of the thing in the process. The edges of ring are now mashed over and there is even a small spot where they dinged the thread on the shock. I was pissed when I got the bike back. Don't know if that's "just how it's done" but I won't be done that way on my bike.

Then I hope they are paying for a new one ?

here is the euro price catalogue... page 6 i think with the models it fits.. maybe another has the same size ? http://www.zupin.de/uploads/tx_userz...alog2013_6.pdf

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Old 04-07-2013, 12:57 PM   #8108
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Then I hope they are paying for a new one ?
Truthfully I'm not sure how I want to deal with this. I'm actually inclined to just cut my losses since I really don't think I can trust them to work on my bike to my standards.
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Old 04-07-2013, 01:01 PM   #8109
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Truthfully I'm not sure how I want to deal with this. I'm actually inclined to just cut my losses since I really don't think I can trust them to work on my bike to my standards.
It's obvious they don't know what the hell they're doing so I'd be inclined to cut my losses. I'm sure if they were to replace it, you'd just get the OEM one. You're better off just replacing it yourself with an aftermarket one.
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Old 04-07-2013, 01:09 PM   #8110
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So the question still remains, how do you move the locking collar without taking the shock off?
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Old 04-07-2013, 02:00 PM   #8111
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So the question still remains, how do you move the locking collar without taking the shock off?
Well, the suspension shop/dealer that set up my suspension used a hammer and chisel and managed to not screw it up, OEM collar and all.
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Old 04-07-2013, 02:17 PM   #8112
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I use a a motion pro and a modified BMW GS C-spanner to adjust it in situ. I have to use both to get it adjusted, but it is certainly possible. I dont use a hammer/drift for this. A tip, if the bottom collar becomes damaged, remove the shock and swop the collars around. That buys some time before having to upgrade to steel collars.
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Old 04-07-2013, 02:45 PM   #8113
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I think with enough interest a company would produce a preload adjuster / hydro or mechanical but their would have to be 100+ units

Merg racing would be the pick as they are in the US and would be easier to deal with and contact

Maybe a group buy list to get things started
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Old 04-07-2013, 03:22 PM   #8114
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Mine has an aftermarket steel collar and heavier spring which was set by the PO who is a bit heavier than me. So I'd like to back off the preload just a bit. Will fiddle with C-clamps and see if I can get to it. Sure hate the hammer method.
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Old 04-07-2013, 04:15 PM   #8115
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So the question still remains, how do you move the locking collar without taking the shock off?
I carry one of these pry bars with me for now.


On the right side I can lever the collar around using the frame tubes. I added some Velcro felt to protect the paint.

Once the locking collar is loose I can spin it out of the way to allow me to lever down/up the shock collar. Lifting the bike some up onto the sidestand takes all the weight off. Easy.
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