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How Do I Stiffen the Suspension on a Honda XR 200?

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    • 1). Set the motorcycle up onto a center stand. Be sure that the rear shock assembly and rear tire are dangling freely. To do this, pull the bike a little further forward on the stand than usually placed.

    • 2). Locate the locking nut on the top of the rear shock of the motorcycle, between the a-arm and the rear fender. Place a large screwdriver on the tooth of the locking nut and pound it loose with a hammer.

    • 3). Remove the locking nut by screwing it counterclockwise. Do the same with the entire shock assembly. This will stretch the shock, causing it to cover more area.

    • 4). Tighten the locking nut back down on the shock assembly by twisting it clockwise. Then pound it back tightly into place using the hammer.

    • 5). Locate the dampening control screw on the shock pressure assembly on the left side of the motorcycle. Twist it several clicks counterclockwise to compensate for the suspension change using the screwdriver (The screw will actually click as it turns).

    • 6). Test-drive the motorcycle to check the suspension. If it still feels too soft, repeat the process above. If the bike feels much too stiff, loosen the shock slightly and twist the dampening adjustment back one or two clicks.

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