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    Adjusting Bandit suspension

    I have tried to adjust spring setting on rear shok (1250K8) but find there is no room to get leverage on tool. Anyone tell me how this is done? Should be a 5 min job, right?

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    I'd answer your question but I don't have the bike to look at. I did look in the shop manual, but it only gives the settings. What does the owners manual say?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Bauer View Post
    I'd answer your question but I don't have the bike to look at. I did look in the shop manual, but it only gives the settings. What does the owners manual say?
    Thanks Jack. It just shows the use of the supplied spanner on the shock, but if you try to access it, there's no room to pull on the tool before it hits the frame. Plus it requires 2 hands by the feel of resistance, but there's no room. So far I have left it on factory setting - which is fine for 2 up, but hard for solo. So much for a single shock design..

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbmrider View Post
    I have tried to adjust spring setting on rear shok (1250K8) but find there is no room to get leverage on tool. Anyone tell me how this is done? Should be a 5 min job, right?
    The preload can be adjusted with the spanner wrench and slip on handle found in the tool kit, but if you find theres not enough room for you, I suggest that you remove the black plastic splash guard that temporarily attaches to the bottom of the rear fender, just behind the rear shock. Its held on with (2) 6mm screws and (2) plastic self tapping phillips head screws, and it blocks easy access to the preload adjuster.

    You also need to do any preload adjustments with the bike up on the center stand so that you do not have the weight of the bike sitting on the rar suspension while you are trying to adjust the shock.
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    I too found the rear suspension standard setting too hard for solo use and failed to adjust the setting due to such restricted access. I took the bike back to the dealers and their head mechanic adjusted it for me but not without catching the frame! He also agreed that he found the standard setting too hard. I beleive the standard setting for the unfaired version is one lower than for the GSF1250SA model.

    I have since changed the rear shock for a Hagon replacement complete with a remote preload adjuster

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    For those without a shop manual:

    Spring Preload:
    Position 1 is softest, thru 7 (firmest)
    STD Position:
    1250a: 3rd position
    1250s/sa 4th position

    Damping Force:
    Clockwise to stiffen, CCW to soften.
    STD position: 1.25 turns FROM STIFFEST position

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Bandito View Post
    The preload can be adjusted with the spanner wrench and slip on handle found in the tool kit, but if you find theres not enough room for you, I suggest that you remove the black plastic splash guard that temporarily attaches to the bottom of the rear fender, just behind the rear shock. Its held on with (2) 6mm screws and (2) plastic self tapping phillips head screws, and it blocks easy access to the preload adjuster.

    You also need to do any preload adjustments with the bike up on the center stand so that you do not have the weight of the bike sitting on the rar suspension while you are trying to adjust the shock.
    Thanks for that - I will try it. It definitely needs lowering for solo riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbmrider View Post
    Thanks for that - I will try it. It definitely needs lowering for solo riding.
    Watch your knuckles

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    I adjusted the the pre-load yesterday with the spanner tool. It is a bit tight but it can be done. The wrench pops off after it clicks a notch. That said, My ride to work to day was much better. Felt pretty comfy on the tail bone. After adding the larger windscreen and a softer seat I can see doing a few miles on it. ( I put it on '1')

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