Frozen Rear Preload Adjuster
I've got a question for all you suspension geeks out there...
Last year I picked up a new 2010 VFR1200 from a dealer. The dealer mentioned something about a demo discount and I didn't think anything of it. It now sounds like I purchased a new VFR1200 with only 10 miles on the clock that was already out of factory warrantee.... Awesome.
The other day I was out in the garage tinkering with the rear preload adjuster as I've never had a bike that had such easy access to this adjustment. As most of you know, the 9er requires special tool to adjust the preload and that was my only adjustment. When I tried to turn the preload adjuster on my new VFR, it was very difficult to move, I didn't want to force it, so I just left it.
So I've got 2 questions...
First, how hard should it be to turn the preload adjuster knob? Should I be able to turn it with a couple fingers or do I need to get a good grip on it and really crank on it? The later doesn't seem likely, but as I mentioned, I've never had this luxury.
My 2nd question is this: Does anyone what may cause the adjuster to lock up? Is it the knob itself seizing up or is it something in the shock that isn't moving?
I've got all of 350 miles on the bike, but is it something I should keep lubed during my routine maintenance?
Worst case scenario is that I have to shell out the cash for a new shock/preload adjuster out of my own pocket. If it comes down to that, I'd like to figure out how to prevent this in the future.
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