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Author Did I overcrank the rear suspension adjustment? What now?  (Read 541 times)

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  • Offline TourGuy   ca

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    Did I overcrank the rear suspension adjustment? What now?
    on: Sep 11, 2022, 04.19 am
    Sep 11, 2022, 04.19 am
    I bought this bike a couple months ago and wanted to ride 2 up for the first time so I tried to preload my rear suspension by cranking it, not knowing where it was already set and how far it could turn, or even which way to turn it. I went in the right direction to stiffen it but it went “click, click, click, click, sprang” and now won’t turn back in the opposite direction. I expected it to just stop and not allow me to turn it any more, not make a different sound and stop moving in either direction.

    Do I need to just put more force into the turn to get it to turn back, or did the “sprang” sound mean I broke it? The suspension is stiff but still works, but it’s pretty much stuck in the stiffest setting and I feel every bump in the road.

    Do I need to take this to a mechanic before I do further damage?
    Last Edit: Sep 11, 2022, 04.21 am by TourGuy

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    Re: Did I overcrank the rear suspension adjustment? What now?
    Reply #1 on: Sep 12, 2022, 07.05 am
    Sep 12, 2022, 07.05 am
    It's stepped with 1 - 7 positions from softest to hardest, each putting a little more preload on the spring. It's not possible to go from 1-7 directly as that's a really big step! Just turn it the other way to get there. It will be easiest with the bike on the centre stand.

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    Re: Did I overcrank the rear suspension adjustment? What now?
    Reply #2 on: Sep 13, 2022, 10.19 am
    Sep 13, 2022, 10.19 am
    I’ll put it up on the centre stand and give it a try! It wasn’t cranking back in the opposite direction resting on the kickstand. I was worried about putting too much force on it since it isn’t clicking back as easily.

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    Re: Did I overcrank the rear suspension adjustment? What now?
    Reply #3 on: Sep 14, 2022, 11.09 pm
    Sep 14, 2022, 11.09 pm
    UPDATE: putting the bike on the centre stand made all the difference. Of course getting it off the rear suspension makes it 1000% easier to adjust it.

    I feel both smarter and dumb at the same time. Derp derp!

     



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