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I was changing the chain 'rubber' the other day and go to thinking (leads to trouble). What would it take to make the preload actually adjustable?

So I go to looking and unbolted the battery box. Looks like it could be moved back 3/4-1" pretty easy with a spacer block for the forward (frame tube) mount. Maybe just angle it back (leave the lower right side bolt as is). The only apparent thing in the way is the rear master cylinder reservoir, which isn't much of a job to move. This would open up more room around the shock/spring assy.

Then make a sleeve (like the shock covers crusiers/HD use), but mount/weld/machine a nut to it and install it in place of the stock preload nut.

It would have to be long enough to go some length down the body to be acessible at a lower point (that you can actually get to). It ought to be easy to figure out a set/through screw or clamp that would lock it in place. Just musing on this. The only overt mod I can think of to make something like this work is grinding the flat plate on the swing arm to clear a cover.
 

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Yes, but it is way too cave man for me. A hammer and a punch is no way to adjust a shock. And I am just surmising a way to NOT buy a new Hagon or similar to get the remote adjuster device.

This just seems to me that it shouldn't take a $600 donation to fix. Where is that better mouse trap....
 

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just fit the preload mechanism from an early trophy / sprint - IIRC you can remove it as a unit from the shock. You likely wouldnt have to move anything around to place the adjuster.

You really dont want to mess around making parts for shocks, if it fails under strain it seriously could kill you
 

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I got a shock off E-bay that has a remote pre-load that I am going to try to place sometime soon onto mt 02 T-bird.
I got it from some guy in Canada, it is off a new Kaw 1200zx- it is the same length the bottom bracket on shock will require a shim or 2 ,don't know yet about the top.
I got this because I a big guy 330lbs (not all muscle) and the Kaw weights about 200lbs more that the T-bird so if it fits it should be great.
When I get into it I will take pictures and post, for a lighter person the Kaw 636 shock looks like it might work and they are Cheap on the bay.
 

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A pair of vernier calipers and a thread guage will do the trick.
 

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Hagon offers a remote preload adjuster for it's shocks.

Hagon shock w/remote preload

I have a Hagon on my TBS at this time. The OE shock remote hose split. The Hagon unit works very well. If you need a special application I would suggest you contact Hagon.
 
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