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How the heck do you get a C spanner onto the shock locknut and adjuster nut without cutting the back end off the bike? Its got me stumped. TIA.
 

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What I do / did with my Africa Twin's rear shock was tomake sure there was no pressure on the shock from the tyre but lifitn the bike up or placing on main stand if you have one, then loosen the top locking ring with a drift. Spray some releasing oil such as GT85 or WD40 or whatever you have down under

Let it soak in for a while, then grab the shock spring with your hand from underneath or behind the frame post, rotate the spring by hand, clockwise will add preload to the spring because the bottom ring should turn as you turn the spring

Takes about 5 minutes. Done this for years before I upgraded the shocks

The C-Spanner is meant to be used once the shock has been removed

Hope this helps as it has with many others

PS - if you're going the other way (softening or lowering) you need to use a drift or remove the shock altogether
 

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Cheers guys. I don't know why I did not think of using a hammer and drift.
 

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It was only after I bought a (quite pricey) adjustable C-spanner that I realised just how inaccessable the adjuster was on the 650TA. Doh!!

A hammer and drift worked just fine, though ;)
 
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