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Old 11-03-2006, 12:00 PM
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Stupid ? How to adjust rear shock damping

I know where it's located, & that I have to turn the screw, I'm not that stupid, I read the manual . The problem I'm having, is getting a flat blade to mate up with the screw . What am I doing wrong? A big long screwdriver wont make friends, the swingarm and/or pipe get in the way. I tried a little stubby, in from above, but that wouldn't fit. So what's the secret? Special tool needed, like a rubber screwdriver?
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Old 11-03-2006, 02:01 PM
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I've never had an issue making a standard 10" flat-head screwdriver work.
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Old 11-03-2006, 04:36 PM
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Yeah, a standard screwdriver fits just fine. The screw has S and H marks with a circular arrow near the screw. Make sure the screw you are trying to adjust has these markings near it.
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Old 11-03-2006, 07:26 PM
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It has damping? ROTFLMAO!
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Old 11-03-2006, 08:25 PM
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Ok, I went back & tried it again. I'm close, but still can't do it. I think I know why. The screwdriver is hitting against the bolt on the pipe clamp. I suspect that it's the orientation of that bolt that's working against me. In other words, if I loosen the clamp, & rotate it a little, I can get the bolt out of the way, & then I can probably barely connect .
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Old 11-04-2006, 12:37 AM
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Originally Posted by B R View Post
I'm not that stupid,
Ok, I take it back, I am that stupid. So I loosened up the pipe clamp, spun it around & then I could just get my screwdriver on the screw. But then when I tried to turn the screw, guess what? I wouldn't turn. I was really getting pissed at this point & thought, let me look on the other side(right). There it was, a tiny little screw, easily accessed, & easy to turn. All this time I had been working on the left side, with a screw that doesn't even turn !

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Old 11-04-2006, 01:34 AM
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Aw, but what if we want to poke fun at you? Can I comment then? hehe

Don't worry. You're probably not the first, nor will you be the last.
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Superbling - The technical term IS damping, 'dampening' is not really correct.
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Old 11-04-2006, 07:17 PM
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I'll poke fun as it is very rare that I get to make fun of someone else, I am usually the moooooron screwing things up, so ha I am not alone...

at least you figured it out...good timess....
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Originally Posted by B R View Post
Ok, I take it back, I am that stupid. So I loosened up the pipe clamp, spun it around & then I could just get my screwdriver on the screw. But then when I tried to turn the screw, guess what? I wouldn't turn. I was really getting pissed at this point & thought, let me look on the other side(right). There it was, a tiny little screw, easily accessed, & easy to turn. All this time I had been working on the left side, with a screw that doesn't even turn !

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first time I went to adjust mine I did the exact same thing. wrong screw. don't feel too bad.
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...I tried a little stubby, in from above, but that wouldn't fit. So what's the secret? Special tool needed, like a rubber screwdriver?
are we talking bikes or chicks here ?
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Old 11-08-2006, 11:38 PM
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Neither one is really very receptive to a rubber screwdriver.
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