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post #1 of 89 (permalink) Old 06-24-2013, 04:47 PM Thread Starter
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Rear Shock Preload Adjustment

Good Afternoon all,

I was curious when reading reviews on my bike I came across this:

"Both share the same Pro-Link single-shock rear suspension system, which offers nine-step cam-style spring preload adjustability and 4.7 inches of travel."

Forgive me, this is only my second motorcycle, and my first one didnt have an adjustable rear. I can find no way of adjusting the rear shock. It looks like you would some how turn the bottom of the shock although I cant turn it by hand. Could someone point me in the right direction?


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You adjust by turning the bottom end with a 'C' spanner. Some markets have the spanner in the took kit, some not!

Yours is in the standard setting of 3, indicated by the dot lining up with the bolt.
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Stand fast on that one! I'm sure the dot is on the other side on mine! Is it not in the owners manual? Not got mine with me.
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Stand fast on that one! I'm sure the dot is on the other side on mine! Is it not in the owners manual? Not got mine with me.
Owners manual - Maintenance - Other Adjustments - Adjusting the Rear Suspension

How to get it right by bbrmotosports

http://www.cbr500riders.com/forum/wh....html#post5832

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If you’re in one of the markets that doesn't get a spanner and extension in the tool bag, have your dealer order them for you. Do NOT waste money on the one from Bikemaster; it doesn't work and just slips out of place.
Here are the part numbers from a different thread:
http://www.cbr500riders.com/forum/en...ools-list.html

SPANNER, PIN 89202-KY1-700

Handle (12mm) 99006-12000
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If you’re in one of the markets that doesn't get a spanner and extension in the tool bag, have your dealer order them for you. Do NOT waste money on the one from Bikemaster; it doesn't work and just slips out of place.
Here are the part numbers from a different thread:
http://www.cbr500riders.com/forum/en...ools-list.html

SPANNER, PIN 89202-KY1-700

Handle (12mm) 99006-12000
Thanks for pointing me in the right direction!

Unfortunately I am in the US market, and they give us less tools than what comes with a crib or office chair
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Hondapartshouse.com has the right tools. Just use those part numbers. I ordered mine along with a bunch of other things. Partzilla and others have it as well. (Realistically, they all just have it drop-shipped from the Honda warehouse.)
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Can't find my manual. Do you turn it to the left to tighten it or to the right?
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To the left to tighten is seems.

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i have the special spanner in my stock tool set and also you need the extension part of otherwise cannot turn the shock, it is very strong.
I changed mine to setting 5 and it is perfect now. still comfy but stiffer.
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