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Knob For Adjusting Rear Shock Doesn't

I just recently bought a Y2K K 1200 LT, and the knob under the seat for adjusting the rear shocks does not turn either way after pivoting it up. Should I force it with channel lock pliers? If not, what can I do???
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I just recently bought a Y2K K 1200 LT, and the knob under the seat for adjusting the rear shocks does not turn either way after pivoting it up. Should I force it with channel lock pliers? If not, what can I do???
YEP. It's been turned against the stop fot to long. It'll come loose. Make sure you're turning it the right way. Right goes down, left comes up.
I never turn the adjuster completely in either direction. Never had a problem.


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I just recently bought a Y2K K 1200 LT, and the knob under the seat for adjusting the rear shocks does not turn either way after pivoting it up. Should I force it with channel lock pliers? If not, what can I do???

There are indicator lines showing how much preload. If you see no lines on the body then turn the knob counter clockwise. Pad the knob with a rag before Channellocks. Then add oil to the adjuster.

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Do not force it. The knob is plastic and the preload adjuster is a steel hex. You will shear the plastic hex on the bottom of the knob if you force it. The correct way is to remove the little screw on top of the knob, and carefully pull it off the adjuster body. There is an indent in the adjuster body with a spring and a small steel ball. It will eject when you slide off the knob, so pull a plastic bag over the entire assembly or take some other precaution not to loose the little ball. The adjuster can then be loosened with a wrench before you replace the knob.

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Andres, that is a great tip!

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Aufgeblassen - Ric - no way, I saw "aufgeblassen" and I knew right off. So you got a 1200lt also? I bought a 2001 in the spring, came here. learned all the failure points, and then went completely through the bike. One warning, it's not a voyager, very high tech compared to the voyager.
As far as the shock preload adjuster, let me just put it this way - setting preload isn't going to be enough. we're both big guys; this bike will drag parts with stock springs easily. I did the hyperpro springs front and rear, and it's a HUGE improvement. Good luck! Steve
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