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Old 01-31-2013, 08:52 PM   #1
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What tool to adjust old-school shocks?

I've got those crappy kinda shocks where you can adjust the ride height, where "higher" means more preload/stiffer. I haven't had a bike with these things in probably 30 years, and I'm not sure how to adjust them. There's no lockring (like on modern shocks)... just needs to be twisted, but I can't figure out what I need to buy. I'd rather not mangle them with pliers, since the bike actually looks pretty good for it's age.

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Old 01-31-2013, 10:56 PM   #2
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Just use your hand to turn the adjuster.

Works for me.
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Old 02-01-2013, 07:20 AM   #3
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The correct one looks like a "C" with a handle on it and a protruding notch in the end to the inside. Sure there is not one in your toolkit?
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Old 02-01-2013, 08:01 AM   #4
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It didn't come with a toolkit, but I looked at the parts fiche and the toolkit didn't come with a spanner.
I've seen a few on the web- eBay and whatnot, but don't know what would fit. Many of them look similar, but often it's that subtle difference which causes something to not work.

It never even occurred to me to try my hands- I think that's what we did as kids. I guess I'll give that a shot this weekend.
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Old 02-02-2013, 07:29 AM   #5
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The heck with all of this. Just put a piece of old inner tube around it and use your big channel locks. Won't mark them at all that way.
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Old 02-02-2013, 07:44 AM   #6
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Yeah, hands.. Prolly easier if it's on the stand with the weight off of it. Maybe smack it with a mallet if it's stubborn.

I have an old bicycle ring spanner for adjusting my modern shock preload and the steering head nut.

Oh, cool bike indeed!
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Old 02-03-2013, 03:52 PM   #7
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There was nothing to grab with my hands- these don't have a lockring. Anyway, I used a pair of cobra pliers- it was embarrassingly easy. I can't believe I didn't try that before starting a thread, haha. Oh well, thanks for the replies.
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:24 AM   #8
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May all your problems be that easy to fix.
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:54 AM   #9
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We call them "Hakenschlüssel": Here one with a pin ...



There are some different sizes, ... available.

In English hook-wrench C-spanner, C-wrench, ...
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