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Old 01-24-2013, 04:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The locking nut to adjust my rear spring is stuck. I have soaked it in WD-40 and even after that it won't move using a screwdriver and hammer. I am just eating into the notches with the screwdriver. Any suggestions? Thanks for the help even if this is a stupid question.
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Old 01-24-2013, 05:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Are you trying to loosen the jam nut on top first?
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That's what I meant wont budge. I have the tool and a hammer. Both wont bust it loose. Even with multiple soakings in wd-40.
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Use a hammer and a a punch or a long extension. You usually have to hit it pretty hard to break it loose. Just be careful. If the extension slips, it could damage another part of the bike.
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:31 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Use a hammer and a a punch or a long extension. You usually have to hit it pretty hard to break it loose. Just be careful. If the extension slips, it could damage another part of the bike.
That's what I have been using. I also have the tool. It just won't budge
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Old 01-24-2013, 08:01 PM   #7 (permalink)
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This may sound stupid but I just wanna make sure I'm turning it the right way. From my understanding I would want to turn it counter clock wise since clock wise shortens the spring, correct?
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:29 PM   #8 (permalink)
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counter clockwise is the correst way. toward the exhaust the top jam nut first. if all else fails take the spring off and get evil with it. i wouldnt use a chisel a blunt punch only
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Are you hitting it with enough force? The tabs on the nut usually get a little deformed from the force.
You may have to remove the shock and put it in a vice so you have easier access.
You could also try calling some suspension shops and get their advise.
I would be careful with heat and would not recommend it unless you know what you are doing.
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And lift the back of the quad up so all the pressure is off of it, try and break it loose and go from there.
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Old 01-25-2013, 12:14 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Thanks for the help guys. I will work on breaking it loose today. Defiantly not using heat because I don't have the tools nor do I know well enough what I am doing. Even using the little tool I got from i shock when my front suspension came in it didn't want to budge when I hammered on it. From the looks of it, this spring hasn't been adjusted for years. Its an 05 and once the owner got it adjusted it hasn't been touched since is my thoughts. Gave it a nice few soakings in wd-40 the last couple days as well.
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