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Old 07-03-2014, 09:08 AM   #1
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Ignorance showing: DL650, Ricor rear shock--adjust??

Just picked up a 2007 Wee.
Previous owner was 6-3 and 270 pounds. I'm 5-7 and under 200.
Bike has .95 springs in front which works fine.
Rear is a Ricor shock with only preload adjustment.
The Ricor came with an adjustment tool: a curved piece of alu with a peg for the holes in the shock's adjustment ring. There's a 3/8 square hole at the other end of the curve, as for a socket driver or extension.
The shock adj ring has a set screw.
For the life of me I cannot figure out how to decrease the preload. Nor can I figure out how that blessed "tool" is supposed to work. (i'm not the most mechanically minded creature, but I'm learning) (and as with many things in life, this one is probably easy once you know how it works.)
The theory is obvious--loosen set screw, turn the ring. I cannot budge it. Tool? No help. I've written Ricor. They said "turn the ring."
Hammer? Last resort.
I have the original shock and it doesn't have many miles on it. Debating just putting it back in. Advice?
All suggestions/advice welcome. Thanks.

While I'm here: what's the tire-like valve on the shock for? Can I alter gas pressure? Is it air or an inert gas in the shock?
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Old 07-03-2014, 09:37 AM   #2
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Do not monkey with that tire like valve. It's for charging one time only. Like when it was put together or serviced.

If that rear spring was set up correctly for the previous owner, odds are you'll need a lighter spring. This would be a good time to free up the preload collar.
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Old 07-03-2014, 10:49 AM   #3
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Ok. Suggestions on freeing up the collar?
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Old 07-03-2014, 01:31 PM   #4
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Spray penetrating lube on the shock threads just above the ring, then use a longer breaker bar. Sudden force on the breaker bar will work better than gradual force.
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Old 07-03-2014, 01:44 PM   #5
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I just spent some time looking at the shock and tool. Added a wrench and looked some more. Eureka occurred.
I got the spring pre load backed off 1/2 turn. It was very tight.

Now to ride and see.

Do you guys think Ricor can make this shock fit _me_ vs previous owner?
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Old 07-03-2014, 02:50 PM   #6
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I just spent some time looking at the shock and tool. Added a wrench and looked some more. Eureka occurred.
I got the spring pre load backed off 1/2 turn. It was very tight.

Now to ride and see.

Do you guys think Ricor can make this shock fit _me_ vs previous owner?
You should call Ricor. Nothing better than the source. If you have a center stand, makes it easier to turn spring load nut.( take stress off spring).
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Old 07-03-2014, 08:49 PM   #7
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The O.E. spring weight is 8.2 Kg. I'm 180 before gear & will be going with an 11 Kg (or close to it). YMMV

There is much info on setting the correct sag for the suspension. try this...
http://www.vstrom.info/Smf/index.php/topic,1539.0.html

Performing this will tell you whether you need a different spring.
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