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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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    I got Bandit springs for the Speed XX and since I was playing with the spring compressors I got some pics of process.

    Here is the spring compressors on the front shocks at ride height with just a little tension on the nuts

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    Then I just jack it up and the springs come loose. You can see the gap between the spring and the collar under the adjustment nut at the top. At this point I didn't loosen anything yet.

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    From here I would just spin the nuts down by hand if I was raising the ride height, but since I am taking the springs off I spun the nuts all the way to the top and set the XX back on the ground to get the spring compressors off. Then I pulled the shocks off and put them in the big spring compressor I built when I was tuning the shocks on my RZR 800 about a hundred years ago.

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    That is actually a rear shock in the pic since I was too stupid to get a pic of the front when I did them, but you get the idea.

    Now I'm setting the ride height with the new springs and so far it's a piece of cake with the same procedure
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    Crawlr...
    Let us know how those new Bandit springs work.

    I see the price is very good on their website.

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    I was talking to a buddy with a RZR yesterday about the spring compressors and he said he couldn't get it to fit in the front. We brainstormed on the phone for a while and later he sent me this pic.

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    He used a pair of lashing straps from Harbor Freight and double wrapped them on each side of the spring. Pulled them down tight and then jacked it up and the springs came loose. Looks like the easiest way yet. Someone needs to try it on a Wildcat
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    I had a 2012....cracked engine case stock, then w/ MCX Turbo and STM Clutch broke 2 crankshafts, and blew up 2 rear diffs,

    Then got a 2014 X Limited....leaked oil since new, bent crankshaft, and cracked the stator cover....

    Got a RZR XPT..hauls ass, rides great, handles terrible, sucks in the whoops

    Now....Speed XX #32

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    Lots more preload rate on the XX.


 

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