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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by trailrider383, Sep 11, 2014.
This is it. Easy to adjust.
It was the oem spring s the bike shipped with. According to the shop manual, that year there were three spring rates available, I checked the numbers and mine were the stiffest, 185 rider weight I think, but don't quote me, I'm doing it from memory. Donny, the owner of ZR1 has been doing my dirt bike suspensions since the early 90's. I still had a little preload left in the rear and front is borderline. If I ever revalve I might go a little stiffer up front but the reality is I'm attacking the trail less aggressively these days, so plush is good.
No, I'm being serious. Someone recently bought a product and it's primary use was to compensate for luggage or an added passenger rider. Just stating what someone told me. But if I lose the internet today because of that, I'm man enough to pay up... most people beat me on the internet anyways, I'm just not that cool.
The stock plastic parts are pretty poor for adjusting while on the bike. This Husqvarna Hard part is all metal.
I just put my bike on the stand with the rear wheel off the ground, shoot some WD-40 on the rear shock threads, loosen the collar lock and grab the spring with my hands and turn it for the desired change in preload. Seemed pretty simple to me. If it binds you can just use the spring collar spanner wrench to turn the collar adjuster.
sorry TT maybe I misunderstood your comment. Can you provide more information on the item you mentioned?
Here, it was something like this. Doesn't come cheap either... But the guy that had it was an active rider and had a girlfriend that he rode with. She was a petite asian gal, and they could ride on that new 17ktm 500, on some pretty gnarly stuff. So, I guess you can make quick adjustments for single rider, or rider with luggage/passenger.
Easy... each of us are only as dumb as all of us.
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Guess it always helps to read too!
"2013- ON KTM 690 ENDURO PRE-LOAD ADJUSTER"
"It is a very simple, quick way to adjust the preload when carrying extra luggage, or a passenger, or going from street to off-road travelling.
Requires our slightly shorter Uprated Rear Spring 87Nm (supplied with kit)"
Seems like a good idea if you have a KTM 690 (maybe they have adapted it to fit a 500) and consistently change your ride weight with a passenger or luggage. Cost of entry is certainly thought provoking.
Edit.. I thought I'd seen that TT linked concept before. Took a look out in the garage and lone behold there is the same thing stuck on the rear shock of my MV Agusta.
and it really came in handy for the added luggage or to soften everything up going over dirt passes in CO..
That is completely different than the link/concept that TT provided. I gave my method of adjusting the preload on the rear shock a page or so back. I'm not in need of another method to squeeze the living daylights out of a under sprung spring for my purposes but others may find this adjustment mechanism nice to have.
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its all good...
Thanks KS, I’ll see what I can find. Good suggestion. Anyone else?
So, I just picked up my 300 at Dan's and @Dan950ser has the preload adjuster on his 500. You can buy them at Slavens racing.
And for the first time in a while, all 3 of my bikes are clean, fully maintained and ready for action. Can't remember the last time all three ladies were in the garage at the same time. So, I'm expecting trouble in the garage, and will throw a cover over a couple of them. The 300 is going out tomorrow for some fun on the rainforest single track. Weather forecast is aces, it's time to ride.
I'm headed to Tahuya tomorrow, and plan on riding several days this coming week. If any NW riders are looking to ride.