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jeff fisher
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PostSubject: adjusting rear shocks   Fri Nov 25, 2011 7:10 pm

Where can I purchase a wrench to adjust the rear shocks?What #should they be adjusted to?Most times my wife is with me so our combined weight is about 280 pounds.We are always on pretty good roads.
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PostSubject: Re: adjusting rear shocks   Fri Nov 25, 2011 7:54 pm

The tools most people need to adjust rear shocks are extremely expensive, but usually last a lifetime. They are called "hands". Seriously, you can probably adjust the shocks by hand. Put the bike on centerstand and you can turn them to the setting you want. Just make sure they are the same for both sides
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PostSubject: Re: adjusting rear shocks   Fri Nov 25, 2011 8:19 pm

A spanner, or spanner wrench, should be available at just about any dealership. It will likely cost more there than elsewhere, and you can find them through on-line retailers such as Amazon.com.
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PostSubject: Re: adjusting rear shocks   Fri Nov 25, 2011 10:31 pm

Jeff,

I have a 2007 and just use my hand when I adjust mine. Put your bike on the center stand and maybe wear a glove. I think I have read that the older SWings may need a spanner but just try your hand first. I just keep mine on 5 all the time and it seems to work good for me.
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PostSubject: Re: adjusting rear shocks   Sat Nov 26, 2011 2:53 am

And also WD40 spray helps a lot.

No need to bey a wrench, i think.
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PostSubject: Re: adjusting rear shocks   Sat Nov 26, 2011 7:35 am

Hand, leather gloves, WD-40. But doesn't the standard tool kit have a wrench just for the job?
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PostSubject: from jeff fisher about shock adjusting   Sat Nov 26, 2011 11:56 am

Thanks for all of the replys.I feel kind of dumb by not trying my hands to begin with.
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PostSubject: Re: adjusting rear shocks   Sat Nov 26, 2011 12:19 pm

I recommend gloves and being careful, as there is a possible pinch factor.
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PostSubject: Re: adjusting rear shocks   Tue Dec 06, 2011 9:29 am

I use a rigid small pipe strap to remove my oil filter it might work for that or wrap a strap around it then with a screw driver turn to the position that you need. It works for me.
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PostSubject: Re: adjusting rear shocks   Tue Dec 06, 2011 9:41 am

My 2003 includes a spanner wrench in the tool kit (it's kind of a c-shaped bar of metal ) and that is the specific tool you need for this job. I weigh about 245 with all of my riding gear and I like the highest setting for a sporty ride(I guess it's 5). Basically it's the top setting before the spring resets to the softest setting (1).

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PostSubject: Re: adjusting rear shocks   Tue Dec 06, 2011 12:12 pm

toolboxjesse wrote:
Basically it's the top setting before the spring resets to the softest setting (1).

jesse

Sorry if I appear to step on your toes here Jesse, not intended. But I read your comment as if the setting run 1 to 5 then back to 1 again in a continuous loop.

Caution fellow riders this is not the case. If you rotate the stainless steel base beyond setting 5 it will 'step' off the runner so to speak and you will have a more difficult job getting it back to as it was.

It is simple enough to reset if you do over step the hole, (setting 5). Centre stand and two hands now or the tool of course, to re-sit the adjuster correctly.

Apologies again Jesse I didn't want anyone to do as I did and have the thing unseat itself and possible injure their hands doing so.
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PostSubject: Re: adjusting rear shocks   Tue Dec 06, 2011 12:13 pm

Jesse, you actually have a tool kit? Honda seems to think a screwdriver works for everything now.
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PostSubject: Re: adjusting rear shocks   Tue Dec 06, 2011 12:29 pm

Yes I do, have you looked under your seat where the manual is you might have one too! :-)


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PostSubject: Re: adjusting rear shocks   Tue Dec 06, 2011 6:24 pm

LOL! All I got was a tool bag, foam and screwdriver.
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PostSubject: Re: adjusting rear shocks   Tue Dec 06, 2011 7:58 pm

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PostSubject: Re: adjusting rear shocks   Tue Dec 06, 2011 10:06 pm

Vodka, OJ, and milk of magnesia -- a Phillips screwdriver.
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PostSubject: Re: adjusting rear shocks   Wed May 30, 2012 8:16 am

Ditto the foam and screwdriver! That is all the 2012 comes with also. Seems weird for a MSRP of $9270.? My wife just bought a Honda Metropolitan to putt around on it it came with NO tools...

Thanks for the advice above on shock adjustment, will try it later today :-)
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PostSubject: Re: adjusting rear shocks   Tue May 28, 2013 9:34 am

JeffR_ wrote:
Jeff,

I have a 2007 and just use my hand when I adjust mine. Put your bike on the center stand and maybe wear a glove. I think I have read that the older SWings may need a spanner but just try your hand first. I just keep mine on 5 all the time and it seems to work good for me.

Got my SW 600 2011 without tool kit. Just adjusted "use my hand".
Thank you, Jeff, for the advice.
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PostSubject: Re: adjusting rear shocks   Tue May 28, 2013 11:59 am

Boris,

Your welcome. I didn't get a tool either and I remembers that I was able to do this with my Reflex and just gave it a try and it worked.
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PostSubject: Re: adjusting rear shocks   Tue May 28, 2013 6:55 pm

Jeff, if you know how to replace spark plug with "use my hand", please, let me know)))

Good luck and thanks again
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PostSubject: Re: adjusting rear shocks   Wed May 29, 2013 7:08 am

I just changed my tyres using the extensive Honda tool kit, I had to utilise a hammer and angle grinder from the shed to get them off then lots of duck tape to re assemble it all
Looks a bit funky but still works lol
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PostSubject: Re: adjusting rear shocks   Wed May 29, 2013 8:00 am

adventure boy wrote:
I just changed my tyres using the extensive Honda tool kit, I had to utilise a hammer and angle grinder from the shed to get them off then lots of duck tape to re assemble it all
Looks a bit funky but still works lol

Duck Tape!! Is this the new dark side?

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PostSubject: Re: adjusting rear shocks   Wed May 29, 2013 10:58 am

adventure boy wrote:
I just changed my tyres using the extensive Honda tool kit, I had to utilise a hammer and angle grinder from the shed to get them off then lots of duck tape to re assemble it all
Looks a bit funky but still works lol

Ad.boy, hope one day you'll show me, I'm in Purley, Surrey .
Drink Vodka?
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PostSubject: Re: adjusting rear shocks   Wed May 29, 2013 11:14 am

My 2011 had a reasonable toolkit with it but I wouldn't like to use it to change the tyres !!!
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PostSubject: Re: adjusting rear shocks   Wed May 29, 2013 11:22 am

If any one is capable of changing a tire using the swing toll kit and replace a tire with a hammer ,a grinder and duct tape ,make a video so can learn this new method. affraid
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PostSubject: Re: adjusting rear shocks   Mon Jun 24, 2013 12:56 pm

Sounds like the next step is to see if a silver wing will 'blend'

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PostSubject: Re: adjusting rear shocks   Mon Jun 24, 2013 2:08 pm

BTW tool looks kinda like this:
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/14/71/995/44719/ITEM/BikeMaster-Shock-Spanner-Wrench.aspx

or

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/14/71/995/5006/ITEM/Motion-Pro-Shock-Wrench.aspx?SiteID=Google_PLA995&WT.mc_ID=10012&esvt=0-GOUSC&esvadt=9-0-3886819-1&esvaid=30548&kw={keyword}&gclid=COPp3qqk_bcCFWrl7AodHSMA8w

I'm using the honda tool that came with my tool kit, but one of these might do just as well.

Jesse in Atlanta
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