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typan
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PostSubject: How to stiffen up front forks and rear suspension   Sat Sep 01, 2012 9:28 pm

anyone know how to stiffen up the frontforks on a vl 800 volusia is it a matter of adding more oil etc,also whats the best way to stiffen the rear suspension,i have the spanner from the tool kit but when i tried to turn it a notch or two it was really tough and with there not being much hand room i struggled to even make it move,any ideas guys.thanks in advance
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PostSubject: Re: How to stiffen up front forks and rear suspension   Sat Sep 01, 2012 9:50 pm

typan wrote:
....whats the best way to stiffen the rear suspension,i have the spanner from the tool kit but when i tried to turn it a notch or two it was really tough and with there not being much hand room i struggled to even make it move,any ideas guys.thanks in advance

I find the best way to lever the pre-load spanner is with a short bit of pipe slipped over the spanner to lengthen it and get more leverage.
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PostSubject: Re: How to stiffen up front forks and rear suspension   Sun Sep 02, 2012 12:44 am

your best bet is remove the battery and box then it's not to bad
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PostSubject: Re: How to stiffen up front forks and rear suspension   Mon Sep 03, 2012 7:01 am

thanks bluesman an simbo i did what you said and it made it very easy,also changed the coolent at the same time,thanks for the advice.
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PostSubject: Re: How to stiffen up front forks and rear suspension   Sat Sep 15, 2012 2:11 pm

If the bike is on a lift then the rear suspension adjustment is easier to turn.

In the front forks you should not add more oil as that could cause a seal to blow but you can replace the oil with a heavier weight oil for stiffer fork action.
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PostSubject: Re: How to stiffen up front forks and rear suspension   Sun Sep 16, 2012 10:33 am

The only way to stiffen up the front suspention is to change the internal spacer as per the recent modification thread. LINK
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