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Old 05-15-2010, 11:02 AM
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I need to stiffen the rear end up (bottomed out a few times) can someone reccomend a shock spanner or other way to adjust the shocks?
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Channel locks worked for me.
I think others have used em too.
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Yamaha sells a spanner wrench, But I just use a big pair of Channel lock. A tip to make it easier is to lift the rear of the Grizz to take the weight off, and spraying the adjuster with WD-40 or other type lube helps.
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Don't waste your money on a spanner wrench. Just use channel locks and place a rag around so you dont scratch up if you like.
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Sometimes they are a p.i.a. to adjust because dirt gets in behind the adjuster collar
and makes it tough to turn.
If you have the time - jack the bike up and remove the back shocks and adjust them on the bench.
Iit is actually faster to remove the two bolts and pull the shock out than to F*%K around trying to get the channel locks to get a good grip w/o gouging up the metal - JMO

Before I changed to my Works Shocks - I was trying to adjust the stockers and finally removed them, ran the adjuster under hot water for 5 minutes and then sprayed PB Blaster in behind the adj collar and they were like new.........
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Like the others say, big ol' channel locks, WD40 or similar lubricant, and jacking up the quad works pretty good.
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Thanks for the tips all, on adjusting the rear shocks...! That may end up being on the list this weekend of fall tune-up stuff to do...!
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What size spanner wrench would be needed to adjust the the stock shocks on a 350 Grizz. I tried my channel locks and they are too small. Figure I would buy the wrench instead of buying larger channel locks.
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What size spanner wrench would be needed to adjust the the stock shocks on a 350 Grizz. I tried my channel locks and they are too small. Figure I would buy the wrench instead of buying larger channel locks.
I tried doing mine with the spanner wrench I got from the Yamaha dealer that was made for the Grizzly. It was still a p.i.t.a. and ended up using big channel locks. The mechanic at the dealer told me they usually just use the channel locks too because its easier. And like Jack said if you still cant get it just take them out and do it on the bench.
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I have a cheap $12 spanner that I bought for the Harley (at the HD dealer) a few years back, and it happened to fit. Still probably easier with the channel locks, since my spanner is so thin that it wants to slip off if not almost perfectly perpendicular to the shock center line.
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