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Remote preload adjuster

Post by Macyn » Mon Jul 04, 2011 10:00 pm

Has anyone fitted the remote adjuster for the shock preload? I was thinking it would come in handy for switching between one-up sport riding and touring, but was a bit apprehensive as the description on ktmtwins said it was "fairly easy" to install. I've wrestled for hours and failed with things that are "simple/easy" to install. I might kill myself with "fairly easy."

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Re: Remote preload adjuster

Post by Macyn » Tue Jul 05, 2011 6:22 am

Guess I'm just waiting for wsmc99 to read this, as I saw in the centre stand thread he has fitted one. Shock might have to be removed and partially disassembled. Fun!

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Re: Remote preload adjuster

Post by phanson » Tue Jul 05, 2011 7:59 am

I was told you need a spring compressor and a couple of 'unique' tools to make the job straightforward.

I would like to fit one - but £107 (that's one hundred and seven of our Great British Pounds, strewth!) for the part plus maybe an hour of workshop time makes it an expensive option.

Guess I'll have to keep hitting it with a hammer and screwdriver when I want to play with preload.
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Re: Remote preload adjuster

Post by wsmc99 » Wed Jul 27, 2011 7:19 am

Just saw this.
Yes, you need a spring compressor to remove the spring and fit the preload mechanism.

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Re: Remote preload adjuster

Post by Bug » Sat Aug 06, 2011 10:11 pm

Something like this. I tempted to get myself as I do a bit of spannering on my bikes and I hate haveing to pay for work I know I could do myself.

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Re: Remote preload adjuster

Post by wsmc99 » Sun Aug 07, 2011 2:26 am

That might work as long as it can compress the spring a fair amount. It takes a bit to clear the key.

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Re: Remote preload adjuster

Post by gunnrm » Fri Aug 19, 2011 10:57 pm

Hi all. Fitted preload adjuster. It very good quality but very hard to fit. You do need to remove shock and you will need spring compressor. When you get it on just use a drill to wind it to the top. It's been a good purchase for me as sometimes I carry a pillion and luggage and sometimes not. Worth the money if you do the same.

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Re: Remote preload adjuster

Post by Electrified » Sat Aug 20, 2011 4:13 am

gunnrm wrote:Hi all. Fitted preload adjuster. It very good quality but very hard to fit. You do need to remove shock and you will need spring compressor. When you get it on just use a drill to wind it to the top. It's been a good purchase for me as sometimes I carry a pillion and luggage and sometimes not. Worth the money if you do the same.
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Re: Remote preload adjuster

Post by mrictdi » Fri Sep 02, 2011 1:50 am

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Re: Remote preload adjuster

Post by PDavo » Fri Sep 02, 2011 10:34 am

Good pics
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Re: Remote preload adjuster

Post by White Knight » Fri Sep 02, 2011 5:16 pm

Seriously. The bike should come with a preload adjuster already installed.
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Re: Remote preload adjuster

Post by beyond » Sat Sep 03, 2011 10:00 am

Yes it should, I have it installed but it was a bit gauling not only payingfor the part but then having to pay labour costs on top :/
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Re: Remote preload adjuster

Post by jgiachino » Tue May 08, 2012 7:16 am

Hey guys, i've got a new (to me) 2010 smt that already had the adjuster on....i'm not sure how much to adjust from 1 person (current) to two people....i know it's diff based upon weight...but looking for ballpark (i have no reference) and the manual says measure 10-11mm to set and that doenst work with the adjuster on (diff thickness than stock parts)....

so question....how many turns approx are you making when riding 2 people...and can you confirm you tighten (e.g. clockwise)....

Sorry if stupid questions.....wish KTM woiuld just publish the sag numbers like they do for their offroad bikes.
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Re: Remote preload adjuster

Post by wildybeast » Tue May 08, 2012 9:21 am

personal choice really.firstly check you front and rear preload and comp are set for two upriding.then go and play.for two up riding 10 turns seems ok for me.more for fully loaded.clockwise stiffens the spring.just remember to write down your settings each time.i also add a click or two extra comp damping.

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Re: Remote preload adjuster

Post by ogden » Tue May 08, 2012 10:49 am

Quite astonishing it wasn't a standard part before the 2012 model year really, given the faff involved in fitting it.

I guess they had to leave something mechanical to put in the powerparts catalogue or it would have just been stickers and topboxes.
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Re: Remote preload adjuster

Post by k1973 » Tue May 08, 2012 3:54 pm

I really don't like the way the manual stated to adjust the rear... stating to compress the spring by 10-11mm. That's nice and all, but they should have also listed the unsprung length of the spring.

Just for reference, the spring is 200mm when not loaded. So to achieve the 10-11mm setting, the spring should be compressed down to 189-190mm. I'm not sore how many turns on the adjuster that would be, but you can at least measure the spring now.

Also, use caution when adjusting. Even when using the installed adjuster. Make sure the shock body and threads are completely clean first as they will gall up and cross thread very easily. Ask me how I know :oops:
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Re: Remote preload adjuster

Post by jgiachino » Tue May 08, 2012 4:40 pm

thanks for the solid feedback guys, looks like enough info to get the adj done....will set to sport settings on susp settngs + adjust to 10mm (i'm bigger so it's probably off)...and solo test, then try the 11mm with wifey on back and see how it does....
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Re: Remote preload adjuster

Post by 000 » Sun Sep 13, 2015 1:44 am

Hi Guys!
Well today I tried to install a worm drive preload adjuster and thought it was going to be simple enough... I've changed many KTM dirt bike shock springs so no problem right? Well in removing the original shock adjuster and jam nut I found it very hard to remove then I discovered that the threads on the shock body have galled and are shot. Now what, a new shock body?
Geez I'm pissed... I was prepping the bike for a weekend ride next weekend and now this!

Ended up with a large channel lock pliers and destroyed the adjusting nut too- I wan't worried about it at the time since I was replacing that with the KTM worm drive adjuster

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