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The previous owner of the bike lowered it about an inch. which makes it useless.

I'm fine with the forks, but cant figure out the rear spring. Right now the collar/lock are set at the very top with no threads showing. I have read it should have 4 threads visible above the lock collar.

Would this not lower the bike even more?
Also, which direction should I turn the lock collar to loosen it? I've went counter clockwise and got it loose, but then tightened up again, then tried to opposite and same thing. So im not hitting hard enough in one direction, which one?

Sorry, i'm not a complete newbie.

Any help would be great as i would like to get this done in time to go riding tonight.

A picture of what I should be looking at in the end would be most helpful.
Get the 4 turns of thread back to start with above the nuts, that will definately lift the bike a little (not sure how much) and if its not back to original height then it might have a lowering link in it, thats a different "dog bone" at the botttom of the monoshock
 

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but does the lock collar turn closewise too?
Turn the lock collar(nut) anticlockwise to undo , it only needs to go 1/4 to 1/2 a turn and then screw the adjusting nut,the one below the lock nut down about 4 full turns clockwise then screw the locknut "collar" down also 4 and a bit turns (clockwise) untill it meets the adjust nut and tighten fully together.(only go 4 turns if you said you have no threads above the nuts in the first place).
Then report back to us on what sort of height gain you achieve
more pressure on the spring lifts the bike up,
for every action ther is an equal but opposite re-action .Newton I think, if Im wrong 20 people will let me know !!
 
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