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I have not had my 2010 CB1000R for long and the other day my good lady was going to be on pillion. So time to up the preload. Front no problem but the rear, I just could not get it beyond the setting of 8. For myself I have it on setting 6, but I wanted to get it up to the max with the extra weight of both of us. Tried off the paddock stand, no joy. Tried it on the paddock stand, still impossible to turn it beyond the setting of 8. Even sprayed it with some silicon lube, still can't turn it to the max. Any wise words of advice guys, apart from buying a new rear suspension. Boy are they expensive!!
 

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If it moves and shouldn't... if it doesn't move and should...

Silicon on the rear shock metal crenelated ring?
Try a better lube.

At 18 stones without gear I dial the last click.
Use the proper tool.
The wide diameter rear hub hook spanner of the tiny removable handle won't get you nowhere.

The OEM rear shock is far from the best but affordable and good enough.
If you lack a good second hand vertebrae shop nearby
Öhlins for a sound ROI.
 

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If it moves and shouldn't... if it doesn't move and should...

Silicon on the rear shock metal crenelated ring?
Try a better lube.

At 18 stones without gear I dial the last click.
Use the proper tool.
The wide diameter rear hub hook spanner of the tiny removable handle won't get you nowhere.

The OEM rear shock is far from the best but affordable and good enough.
If you lack a good second hand vertebrae shop nearby
Öhlins for a sound ROI.
I am using the tool and small extension from the Honda tool kit. Are you saying there is a better tool you can get from Honda? I must admit the tool I have been using does slip off rather easily.
 

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Diameter of the crenelated hub ring for the chain adjust
and rear shock are different!
You use a 15mm open spanner on a 10mm bolt?

Forged steel and longer handle makes a big difference.
The last two clicks are fairly stiff needs some torque
Hence longer handle and some force to twist the ring.

Any tool shop carries the right tool.
or Fleabay or Amazon
 

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Diameter of the crenelated hub ring for the chain adjust
and rear shock are different!
You use a 15mm open spanner on a 10mm bolt?

Forged steel and longer handle makes a big difference.
The last two clicks are fairly stiff needs some torque
Hence longer handle and some force to twist the ring.

Any tool shop carries the right tool.
or Fleabay or Amazon
Thanks for your reply, but not sure what you mean by a 15mm spanner and 10mm bolt? The rear preload is a large ring, or as you described, a crenelated ring. So the spanner should be a large ring with an end that fits into the slots in the crenelated ring. Do you possible have an example of a product that does the job?
 

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...not sure what you mean by a 15mm spanner and 10mm bolt?
The ring and the hook spanner should have about the same diameter.

You wouldn't go at an M6 bolt with a M10 spanner :confused:
The rear preload is a large ring, or as you described, a crenelated ring...
Do you possible have an example of a product that does the job?
Stainless hard steel with well machined hooks.
About 50% thicker than the Honda tool bag hook spanner
designed for the rear shock ring by a reputable maker.

Öhlins for instance
Tool Hand tool Wrench Titanium Metal
 

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The ring and the hook spanner should have about the same diameter.

You wouldn't go at an M6 bolt with a M10 spanner :confused:

Stainless hard steel with well machined hooks.
About 50% thicker than the Honda tool bag hook spanner
designed for the rear shock ring by a reputable maker.

Öhlins for instance
View attachment 50545
Thanks again for the info. Seeing 2 different size of Ohlin ring spanners online, I think after looking at the original Honda tool, I need the 46mm, not the 36mm one. Thanks for your patience with my at times stupidity. Lol.
 

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Thanks again for the info. Seeing 2 different size of Ohlin ring spanners online, I think after looking at the original Honda tool, I need the 46mm, not the 36mm one. Thanks for your patience with my at times stupidity. Lol.
Thanks again for your help. I bought the Ohlin ring spanner you recommended, perfect for the job.
 

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Next step
fiddling the compromise preload clicks/rebound damping.

The archaic CB1000R shocks can be tamed.

The pachyderm won't jump haphazardly anymore
like a black quaaludes addled tarantula, but o_O comfort ....
At the moment I have both set roughly according to my weight on the Honda chart. At the moment, I have the rear preload on position 6 and rear rebound 1.25 turns from full hard. However, my exact weight does put the preload between position 5 and position 6 and the rebound between 1.25 and 1.5 turns from full hard setting. Might try the other 2 settings next, as the bike does feel a bit hard on the suspension. Trial and error I guess. You certainly put things in an interesting way Arcimboldi.😃
 
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