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thump353

setting sag on a 06

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just got my 06 this past weekend, took it riding on sunday, man what an awesome bike. my question is what are you guys using to loosen the lock rings on the rear shock to adjust the sag. it's pretty tight in there, no where near as much room as my 04 250f. i was going to adjust it at the track but was having to much fun to spend the time to adjust it. thanks

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We used a hammer and screwdriver, you know the right tool for the job. We adjusted for 4" of sag , which was 3 turns on both bikes. It was pretty easy.

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We used a hammer and screwdriver
Me too. I actually have an old screw driver that was real long, it broke at some point, so I just cut it off square at the end, it works perfect for the job. :thumbsup:

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You just need a hammer and screwdriver to loosen the lock nut. Then twist the spring and set nut by hand together in either direction until you get to where you need to be. Then tighten the lock nut with a screwdriver again. Go ride.

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i use a brass rod rather than a screw driver b/c it doesnt scratch up the lock rings as much.

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This is just for you people out there who forget like me, make sure the back tires off the ground. Helps a lot especially when tightening :thumbsup:

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I just got my 05 YZF450 about a month ago..... when i went to adjust my race sag we used a screwdriver and hammer as well, But it warped the pre-load adjusters and bent them out of shape which ended up causing 4 of my threads to smash together. i had to take the entire shock off and take it to the local bike shop and they trimmed out those 4 messed up threads, Best tool to use on the rear shock is a spanner wrench, you can find them online for $12-$20, Also use some yamalube or any type of similar oil and rub it all over your rear shock before you adjust it, Doing that will actually enable you to move the spring instead of having to use any tools at all. :thumbsup:

Edit: Also..... you'll have to take the entire rear off to get to your spring to be able to move it without any tools, which means unhooking your hairbox from the carb etc etc, This will only take 5minutes to undo everything so no biggie and it makes it so much easier

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I've looked all over on my 06 yz450 and just can't find that HAIRBOX, but until I do, I'm using my long phillips screw driver, just very very carefully. I'm going to look for a steel rod about the same size at Home Depot.

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i've set sag a bunch in the past, it just there is not much room on this bike. just wanted to know if there were any tricks. i'll be knock it out this weekend. thanks

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just can't find that HAIRBOX

Oh you poor thing, ask your girlfriend to help you. :thumbsup:

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You should only need to use a hammer and screwdriver together to knock the locknut loose. Then you can just use the long screwdriver to turn the adjuster nut by using the frame as a fulcrum next to the shock reservoir.

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You should only need to use a hammer and screwdriver together to knock the locknut loose. Then you can just use the long screwdriver to turn the adjuster nut by using the frame as a fulcrum next to the shock reservoir.

Just twist the spring to adjust. Hammer and your best screwdriver are only needed for opening and locking the lock ring.

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try using a long socket extension if you dont want to booger up the rings with a screwdriver....

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Edit: Also..... you'll have to take the entire rear off to get to your spring to be able to move it without any tools, which means unhooking your hairbox from the carb etc etc, This will only take 5minutes to undo everything so no biggie and it makes it so much easier

Dude, I am so pe'od at my dealer for not putting a hairbox on my bike. I'm taking it back right now! :thumbsup:

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you'll have to take the entire rear off to get to your spring to be able to move it without any tools

Not true and even if it were true, that shouldn't take you 5 minutes on and off. :thumbsup:

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