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Re: Adjusting S4RS Ride Height
Several people on the old monsterforum said they were able to do it in place but I had to remove my adjuster rod to accomplish an increase my ride height. The adjuster nuts are threaded in opposite directions. Just remember to measure the height from the floor to a reference point before you move anything. I increased my ride height by 1” and dropped the front 3/8”. Your owners manual specifies the max threads you may have showing. Get a electronic copy of the factory manual on the Dutch site for about $5.00. The handling was MUCH better and the bike finishes the turn much better – made a hugh difference. I supported my bike with a floor jack under the sump but was sure to put a lot of soft foam material between the jack and the sump. A cracked engine sump would be expensive.,,
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no the bike is not fitted with a ride height adjuster you can only stiffen or soften the rear shock absorber preload on the spring or drop the fork through the yokes.you can on the other hand buy either shorter or longer dog bone links for the rear suspension linkage to lower or lift the rear suspension
adjusting the spring tension makes the ride harder and mite hold you up slightly ! is the adjuster on the top of the shock and rotates by hand coz thats the oil reaction responce , or is it below the spring which you need a tool to adjust ? if suspension is nearly full compressed after all these then fit longer shocks ! Dial a ride air shocks are good as you can select the height , not cheep though ! P...
Hi Anonymous, adjusting the shocks does not alter the height of the back end, just stiffens or soften the ride, for lowering the ride height the usual options are:
1. Thinner less paded seat.
2. Rear shock lowering kit.
3. Shorter shocks.
4. Shorter air shocks.
5. Front fork lowering kit.
6. Low profile tires.
Your bike has a mono shock. It does have adjustments but it is for ride stiffness not necessarily ride height. But adjusting the rear shock will lower and or raise the seat a small amount. But at the lowest setting the seat height is still 792mm or 31.2 inchs. You may find a shorter shock but it would have to be from a parts search to match.
sometimes automatic cam chain tensioners freeze up or run out of adjustment. if it's frozen up you can replace it with a new one. if it ran out of adjustment you can replace thecam chain because it stretched out or install a manual cam chain adjuster because they usually hve a little more room for adjustment.
There isn't necessarily an adjustment on all bikes. You can drop the ride height by adjusting the tension on the spring on the rear shock and lower the front end by moving the forks up in the clamps on most makes and models.
In the factory tool set in your bike should be a spanner wrench. It has a handle and looks like a C on the other end. Look on the top or bottom of the shock and you will see holes going all the way around it. The tip of the wrench fits into a hole and turns that part of the shock. Sometimes the shock has a little sticker on it with numbers 1 thru 5. If not, just turn it one click at a time to see all of the ride settings. Remember giving it more height will also make it a bouncier ride. Hope this helps...