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Adjusting the rear shock

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Adjusting The Rear Shock
Here are the instructions describing how to adjust the rear shock. 
While the adjustment take place from the left side of the bike, the 'adjustment setting numbers' may be more easily seen when looking
at the shock from the right side of the bike.
On the left side of the engine is the upper drive belt guard. You’ll have to remove the fasteners and remove the belt guard.
Optionally, you could simply remove the front fastener and let the guard sag out of the way.
This will provide space (albeit tight) to stick your arm in.
Then, just above the rectifier, is where you’ll need to do the adjusting. That’s where you can slip in the shock adjusting tool (spanner wrench).
From the left side of the bike, place the spanner wrench on the rear side of the shock and into its notches and pull towards you (clockwise).  
It should require about 20-25 lbs of force or so. 
Use the spark plug attachment tool on the handle of the wrench to make the task easier.

NOTE: If you have available a 12" long (or so) piece of pipe to slip over the end of the spanner wrench, it greatly simplifies making the adjustment.
You may be able to adjust the setting only one notch at a time before you’ll have to reset the wrench.
Bottom line: You should be able to complete the adjustment in less than 5 minutes.

The factory setting is 4 and each higher number makes the shock stiffer.  Most folks riding 2-up, and solo riders who want just a tad firmer and
more controllable ride will benefit from increasing the setting.  Even when the total weight on the bike is the same, the selected setting from rider
to rider will be based upon their individual preferences, although many 2-up riders seem to like the 6 to 7 setting.  Conveniently, if the setting
you choose ends up still too soft or bouncy, or perhaps too stiff, it's simple to readjust it, especially the 2nd time one does it.  


Good luck and I hope this helps.
Jeffroe and Jack 
NOTE: The factory stock setting of 4, according to a statement which came from Yamaha, is 'ideally' for that average sized rider who rides solo.

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