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post #1 of 7 Old Jul 20th, 2015, 8:51 pm Thread Starter
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What does this adjust?

I picked up a 2000 K1200LT a few weeks ago with 52K miles on it. I suspect the springs are pretty well shot since it tends to bottom out pretty easily on speed bumps and ingresses/egresses. The rear spring adjuster under the seat it pretty loose, so I suspect that I probably need to add a bit of fluid to it and crank it up to high.

Now, for my question. What the heck is this adjustment screw looking thingy on the front suspension? I'm hoping it adjust the suspension on the front, but I can't seem to find any documentation on what the heck it does?

Can one of you K1200LT veterans throw me a bone on this one?



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post #2 of 7 Old Jul 20th, 2015, 9:07 pm
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That is your steering damper. I do not think there is any adjustment. It can be re-built though. One of this sites motor heads will chime in and correct me if I'm wrong. Good Luck with your new machine. I hope you enjoy yours as much as I do mine.

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Go to U-tube to watch all the maintenance videos for the LT. Replacing the oil in the adjuster might help the old shock/spring. Enjoy the bike.

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Re: What does this adjust?

as others said it is not an adjuster it is for servicing the unit

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Re: What does this adjust?

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Go to U-tube to watch all the maintenance videos for the LT. Replacing the oil in the adjuster might help the old shock/spring. Enjoy the bike.
I picked up a bottle of hydraulic jack fluid. I'm gonna try to work on the rear adjuster this weekend.

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I picked up a bottle of hydraulic jack fluid. I'm gonna try to work on the rear adjuster this weekend.

Thanks for the feedback everyone.
The rear adjuster is real easy. I did mine recently. Just make sure you find some small rod like a coat hanger wire to push the plunger in before you fill it. Made a world of difference on mine. It was almost empty.

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Re: What does this adjust?

Yep,
the slotted screw on the end of the steering damper is a plug.
It should have an o-ring under it if I remember correctly.

You can "overhaul" the damper with new seals & oil, (I used 5w fork oil) & it will still leak, preventing rust in the front suspension area. It's a good thing the damper doesn't do much. Looks like the little spongy thingy is missing from the damper mounting.

I notice that you've got the Spiegeler brake lines which is a good upgrade.

The original shock / spring in the front might be getting a little weak. If you change it you can use the opportunity to install a new dust boot on the ball joint (looks like it has a tear).

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