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Hi everyone.

Recently got a 2019 model.
I found the chart with all the advised values for the suspension settings.
i have them pretty much dialled down for my weight. BUT the rear preload is being a pain in the BUTT.
I've used all my strength but can't move the bloody thing. I've used so much force that there are tiny bumps where the spanner sits.
is there something that i'm missing ? maybe a lock of some sort ? the manual doesn't mention anything though.
How did you guys adjust your rear preload ?
do i need any special tool, it's the same spanner that adjusts the chain slack right ??

Any help is appreciated.
 

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Hi everyone.

Recently got a 2019 model.
I found the chart with all the advised values for the suspension settings.
i have them pretty much dialled down for my weight. BUT the rear preload is being a pain in the BUTT.
I've used all my strength but can't move the bloody thing. I've used so much force that there are tiny bumps where the spanner sits.
is there something that i'm missing ? maybe a lock of some sort ? the manual doesn't mention anything though.
How did you guys adjust your rear preload ?
do i need any special tool, it's the same spanner that adjusts the chain slack right ??

Any help is appreciated.
I just used a OEM Honda c-spanner on my 2019. Easy peasy. Are you the original owner?
 

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I just used a OEM Honda c-spanner on my 2019. Easy peasy. Are you the original owner?
easy peasy is what i expected, it's proving to be anything but.
No, i'm the 2nd owner of the bike. Previous owner gave me the tool pouch with a couple of wrenches, a tiny metal thingy to adjust the front rebound, and a c-spanner (that i already used to adjust the chain slack).

i'm thinking of putting some wd40 on the "preload spring tooth", do you think that's safe ?
 

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i'm thinking of putting some wd40 on the "preload spring tooth", do you think that's safe ?
WD40 is fine but shouldn't be necessary. What numbered preload notch is the shock currently set?

Does the c-spanner have the extension handle that slides over the end?
 

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i'm thinking of putting some wd40 on the "preload spring tooth", do you think that's safe ?
Macronistan's mechanical lore, rhymes in our language:.
If it doesn't move and should; use WD40.
If it moves and shouldn't; duck tape.
Road grime and/or high pressure wash will weld the preload ring to the body of the shock.
Go for a bath of WD40

Heck we use WD40 for hip, knee or back surgery here.
A squirt on the cartilages and you're good to go.

Needs a few hours rest after treatment, mind.

The hook spanner for the hub is not the best for the job.
The crenelated ring of the wheel hub has a bigger diameter than the shock ring.

No need to mark the ring, use the right tool:

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easy peasy is what i expected, it's proving to be anything but.
No, i'm the 2nd owner of the bike. Previous owner gave me the tool pouch with a couple of wrenches, a tiny metal thingy to adjust the front rebound, and a c-spanner (that i already used to adjust the chain slack).

i'm thinking of putting some wd40 on the "preload spring tooth", do you think that's safe ?
That’s exactly what I was going to suggest. It won’t hurt a thing. Wipe/blow off any excess after you‘re done adjusting it.
 

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agreed to all above. it should move with maybe 20 lbs of force.
 
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