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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-26-2017, 07:49 PM
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How could clockwise be softer? If your compressing the spring it would be stiffer. Right? so counterclockwise = softer
clockwise = stiffer.
Depends, are you looking at the bike from the back or front. But yes compress more pre-load (less travel) its stiffer. Decompress less pre-load (more travel) softer.

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I just adjusted the shock by 2 clicks and it made a big difference. I am about 190 lbs / 86 kg and I might want to go one extra click in future.

As mention above all you need to do is to remove plastic covers from left side and seat. No need to do any heavy operations. I used the provided tool and it worked just fine. You can sneak between the frames below the seat , just move the cables to the side and it will work just fine. I am attaching few pictures how I did it (sorry I had to take pictures myself while figthing my 2 year old from eating the fasteners :-D)

As mentioned above to increase the stiffness you want to compress the spring more, meaning you are going to right from looking from the front of the bike, or better you are pushing down on the tool if you go from left side. Just look at it and you will see how it works, easy
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Hey Everyone,
Just got the bike last week (used) and appreciate all the guidance. This is the first DIY adjustment I made. I am around 250 so I set it to the 6th position and I will see how that goes. I think eventually I will need to upgrade. I only took the two panels indicated in the owners manual off and used the tool provided. Had to finesse a bit between the wires but got it to work.

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Hey Everyone,
Just got the bike last week (used) and appreciate all the guidance. This is the first DIY adjustment I made. I am around 250 so I set it to the 6th position and I will see how that goes. I think eventually I will need to upgrade. I only took the two panels indicated in the owners manual off and used the tool provided. Had to finesse a bit between the wires but got it to work.

Thanks for the Help!
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