Is there a trick to adjusting shock preload?
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    Is there a trick to adjusting shock preload?

    No room for a wrench and tapping with a drift and hammer is taking forever! Take the shock off?

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    Taking them off is much easier.
    So is a spanner wrench for this size tube.
    It's still pretty hard.

    And don't forget to adjust the crossover rings also- if you want the same ride- spin them also the same amount of turns.

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    A spring compressor to take the load off the threads and a spanner wrench definitely helps . A drift/hammer/spring load can do damage.

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    I got a set of these spring compressors from Harbor Freight

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    Then I spent a little time with a grinder shaping them to fit the springs

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    Now I can hook them on the springs and crank them down a little and then jack it up and the collars can be spun by hand. It was some work to get them to work right but now it is really easy to adjust the ride height.
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    I have a set of these spring compressors, but most similar styles should work. Spray the spanner nut, jam nut & threads below on the shock with WD40. Back the (top) spanner nut off. Install the compressors towards the bottom of the spring & tighten them an inch or two. Then just grab the spring itself & turn it clockwise. It "SHOULD" turn the (bottom) spanner nut with it & adjust it down to wherever you want it. If the spring is difficult to turn by hand, tighten the compressors a little more. I've adjusted mine twice this way. No need to remove the shocks from the machine. I adjusted mine down a couple inches & it only took a few minutes each corner. If I remember right, you have to unbolt the bottom end of the shocks so you can swing them out for clearance when you're spinning the spring/compressors around. But at least you don't have to totally remove each shock from the machine. Re tighten the (top) spanner nut & you should be good to go.

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    Similar to this. I don't think the screwdriver trick will work, but it shows that when the spring is rotated, the spanner nut will rotate with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drpalo View Post
    I have a set of these spring compressors,

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    What brand are those, those look pretty sweet

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    I ended up using ratchet straps to take some pressure off and got them adjusted. Huge difference, but I'm looking hard at getting Shock Therapy springs. I do need to just get some spring tools and add them to my collection.

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    They're from shankly. I got them off of Amazon. If you get them, I would recommend fully extending them & greasing all the internal threads really well. The set I got were pretty dry. Worked well each time I've used them so far.
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