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post #1 of 11 Old 05-31-2012, 11:30 AM Thread Starter
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2012 Wee Rear Preload Question

Just got a new Wee Adventure and loving it!
According to the operator manual, the rear preload is set by the knob sticking out on the right. The problem is that mine won't turn more than 1/2 turn.



When I turn it to the right I dont feel anything. When I turn it to the left, I feel two detents. Is this normal?
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post #2 of 11 Old 05-31-2012, 11:44 AM
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It's something like 30 clicks stop to stop. Mine was stiff at first and I had to put some muscle into it. I like turning it regularly as it likes to freeze up.

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Same experience as Pat - put some muscle into it.

2012 DL650 EXP

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Thanks!
It was all the way to the right. I was afraid to get too heavy handed without asking.

As a follow up, I can use this and the fork preload to lower the bike a little until I get used to it, right?
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The preload should only be used to set the proper sag. Otherwise, the suspension will be prone to topping or bottoming out. The Science and Black Magic of Suspension Setup

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I just went out and counted clicks. It was 37 clicks stop to stop but the first 4 or 5 felt like they didn't engage the spring.

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The manual's description isn't very accurate, is it? It says that the preload is softened or stiffened (not that the suspension is softened or stiffened) when it probably should say that the preload raises or lowers the bike on the suspension to suit the loaded riding weight to minimize bottoming out or topping out.

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This must sound stupid ......... but I can't see where to look for the little 0 -5 scale. Should I be looking from the same side as the knob?
In mitigation, I have come from a Bonnie where such things were less hidden. And those line drawings ...........
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post #9 of 11 Old 08-26-2012, 12:16 PM
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The five lines are at the top of the spring. They are easier to see from the side opposite the adjuster. Of course the preload has to be at maximum to see them all. The drawing in post #1 shows them well.

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post #10 of 11 Old 08-26-2012, 04:51 PM
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That's brilliant. Thanks.
Only been biking a couple of years (since retiring) and determined to get my head around it. An uphill haul 'cos I have no mechanical ability at all, but not enough money to run off to a dealer at every turn.
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