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How do I set my rear shock harder so the bike does not drop as much when I am seated ?

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There is settings on the shock spring. turn with hand clock wise until you reach the top one

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2002 Vstar 1100 is bottoming out with passenger


Replace the spring with a heavier duty should do the job.
Have you tried adjustments in the spring load to stiffen it up.
The rear shock on your Yamaha V-Star 1100 motorcycle assures that the rear wheel is always in contact with the ground and makes your ride much more comfortable by absorbing road vibration and shock while you ride.

But your shock needs to be adjusted for different riding styles, so depending on whether you ride fast or cruise slowly and how quickly you take turns, you may want to adjust the shock to get the most out of your ride.

1

Remove the passenger seat by loosening and removing the rear passenger seat mounting bolt with a socket wrench.
With the passenger seat removed, you should see two larger rider's seat mounting bolts.
Remove these bolts and pull the rider's seat off of the bike to expose the internals of the motorcycle. 2

Detach the quick-release clips of the ignitor unit found just beneath the seat using a screwdriver. Pull the ignitor unit up and to the right of the bike to move it out of your way.

Remove the mudguard quick-release clips in the same fashion, then pull the mudguard out of the bike to expose the rear shock adjuster. 3

Look for the small numbers on the rear shock adjuster.
On most 2002 V-Stars you should see the numbers 1 to 9 printed on the shock adjuster.

These numbers give you an idea of the current setting of the shock.
The higher the number, the stiffer the adjustment. 4

Loosen the shock by turning the shock adjuster counterclockwise to a smaller number using a spanner wrench.

This makes the shock softer and more forgiving when riding over bumps and uneven pavement, but will feel slower in turns and accelerations.

Tighten the shock by turning it clockwise to a higher number.
This makes the shock stiffer, increasing road response in turns and giving you a better feel of road conditions at the expense of comfort. 5

Replace the mudguard, ignitor unit, rider's seat and mounting bolts, and the passenger seat and mounting bolts.

Take your bike for a ride to feel the difference a turn of the shock adjuster makes.

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If Seat adjustment is possible in 2011cbunicorn


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.

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I would like to lower my sporty by 2 inches,using a thinner seat or different shocks. The stock shocks are 13" is it ok to go to 11.5" adftermarket shocks and is there any complications due to...


There is a complication to changing to the shorter shock. That is that when you hit a bump, the rear tire is going to rub the underside of your rear fender unless you set the dampening very stiff. If you can find a thinner seat, you can lower the bike by about an inch before you start running into problems. Also, the lower your go with the bike, the less "lean angle" you have available to you when riding the bike. In other words,once lowered, if you lean your bike over too far, you'll scrub the pipes or the kick stand.

Good Luck
Steve

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I have a early 1980's honda 750 need to know how much air pressure the fork's hold, or need to put in them.


You do not have to put any air in the forks. There was a sticker telling you maximum pressure on the bike. It may still be there. Maximum pressure is not more than 14 pounds. You will never need more than 7 or 8 pounds. First set the rear shocks for a hard or soft ride. Then holding a bicycle foot pump with a pressure gauge on it in your hands , give it one pump (do not go over 10 or 12 pounds pressure). Now bounce on the seat and bleed pressure out of the forks until the front and rear shocks drop at the same time. Your bike suspension is now set up correctly for riding.

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How much air pressure for the rear shocks on a 1982 Honda Golwing GL1100


Just enough pressure that the front and rear of the motorcycle drop together , when you bounce on the seat. If the front drops first when you bounce it might wash out on a corner. If the backdrops first when you bounce on the seat , the rear will tend to skid out on a corner. Set your front and rear shocks to drop together , that is best for extreme riding conditions (you never know when an extreme riding conditions will surprise you.)

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Tax disc where to fit/rear suspension pressure setting, 1 & 2 up


I cant help with tax disc, but I can help with the setting of the suspension. The ideal setting for the suspension is to set it so the front and back drop together. If the back is too stiff and the suspension compresses in a corner the front is more prone to breaking loose causing the worst kind of slide . If the front is too hard and the suspension drops in a corner the rear end is more prone to breaking loose. This is not as bad losing grip on the front end, but if word gets out nobody will ride with you as a passenger ever again. Set both front and rear shocks near maximum pressure. Now sitting on the bike with it loaded the way you intend to ride bounce on the seat causing the suspension to drop. Now bleed air out of the front or rear shocks until both the front end and back end of the bike drop together. This is your stiffest safe ride setting. If you start with no pressure in the system and add air until the bike drops with front and back in unison, this will be your softest safe riding setting. Riding single or double requires two different settings. This is how racers set up sport bikes for extreme riding.On a Goldwing you will only need the correct settings for extreme emergency conditions , but of course that is when it has to be predictable and it has to be right. Setting it up correctly will also make cornering through the hills much more enjoyable.

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How to take the bolt out of the shock to put a


shape your seat before you lower the bike, you can cut the side down so you legs aren't so far apart when your seating on your bike it'll keep your bike at stock height. if you still want to lower the bike you'll need to drop the front to keep it about the same rake and trail.

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I have a 900 1996 thunderbird but it is realy too high for me to be safe -is there anyway i can get it lower---i thought buy a secondhand seat and modify it down 2ins pluss may be poss . The bike is close...


You may can purchase a set of shorter rear shocks if the shocks are externally mounted and not underneath the frame. I know a lot of Harley Sportster riders are female and need to lower their bike and this is how they do it.

Keep in mind that this does limit the travel distance of the rear suspension as well. In other words, if you hit a big bump, the rear wheel may drag the underside of the rear fender.

You may can lower the front of the bike by loosening the triple tree clamps and allowing the upper tubes of the front forks to slide upwards about an inch, no more that that though.

These are simply suggestions that I have seen used on Harley's. I do not know that much about Triumph motorcycles. Talk to someone who does know before you attempt either of these procedures. They're just a thought that might work for you.

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Seat height seems high according to specs ; vtx1100c2 2004


you could try a little bit smaller rear tire. cheaper than the shocks maybe

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Rear shock is ajustable 1 thru 5. I turned the shock to far past the #5 setting and it has dropped down. It seems locked in this spot. Help!


You are going to have to lift the bike and get all pressure off of the rear shock completely. At that time you will be able to adjust the setting. You may need to compress the shock alittle bit to get it to break free

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