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How do i make rear shock stiffer - 2002 Yamaha YZF-R1

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SOURCE: 2008 M50 rear shock adjustment

remove the toolkit.
remove the tool kit box by removing the 3 small bolts/ screws holding it in,
This will give access to the shock.
I altered my shock yesterday.
Because there is very little space and I value all my fingers, I removed the battery and battery box. I did not remove it but I had to undo the bolts holding it in and swing it out of the way. This gives far better access to the shock and makes changing the settings easy.
I also found that it helped if the rear wheel was suspended off the ground on a bike lift, this takes the weight off the spring.

hope this helps

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SOURCE: how do i adjust my rear shock to make it stiffer

There is a ring above the spring that you will need to turn clockwise ( Down on the spring ) then another above it that you tighten down on top of it to lock it in place.

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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.


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