View Full Version : Problem with rear shock adjuster

01-14-2009, 06:08 AM
Hi, I'm having problems with the rear shock adjuster,I can't turn it by hand I don't know if something is wrong but it's completely stuck.
Can somebody guide me if this is normal or if there's any locking mechanism for the knob?
I only have the firebolt service manual but I think the suspension is one of the diferences on both bikes
Thanks in advance for your help.

01-14-2009, 10:10 AM
you should have a tool for it.

did you buy is new or used?

01-14-2009, 01:05 PM
used,you mean the big knob on the left side below the seat for the adjustment needs a tool for turning it?

01-14-2009, 01:06 PM
How is the tool for it?

01-14-2009, 02:44 PM
argh...uly, sorry missed the model!

get some penetrating lubricant on there, take a ride on a nice & bumpy bit so the internal oil gets warm too.
have a try after that...

01-14-2009, 04:52 PM
Ok, I'll try that (DW40 on the knob)
Thanks, I'll post the result

01-15-2009, 06:37 AM


this is your basic tool kit you should of got with the bike if not u can order one . the top tool is the tool you need, it's the Shock Spanner Wrench . it's to change the shock spring preload by turning the preload adjuster at the top ( like the pic. either left or right)of the shock to get the ramp(grove ) under the 2 knobs (under the zip tie in my pic)one on each side of the shock.. if u have the service then u can figure out the rest of the shock adjustments .. if u just bought it or think its ride (shock wise) is off .. i would suggest to adjust the front and rear suspension to the reccommended suspension settings for the rider and weight in the service manual .. and then go from there .

mine is a 05 firebolt. but i think all newer buell shocks are about the same ,the except the length and spring rate (weight)...

01-15-2009, 03:07 PM
He's got a Uly. Uly's adjust the rear preload suspension with a knob instead of a spanner wrench like the Lightnings or Firebolts.

01-23-2009, 04:21 AM
Thanks with a little of WD40 I manage to loosen the knob. Now I will try and error the suspension adjustment