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Spring Tension Inspection; Rear Shock Absorber Removal - Kawasaki kx450f Service Manual

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13-16 SUSPENSION
Rear Shock Absorber
Using the stem nut wrench [A], turn the adjusting nut [B]
as required. Turning the adjusting nut downward marks
the spring action harder and upward softer.
Special Tool - Steering Stem Nut Wrench: 57001-1100
Spring Preload Adjustment
(Adjusting nut position at the lower surface [A] from
the center of the mounting hole)
Standard:
132.5 mm (5.216 in.)
Adjustable
126.5 ∼ 139.5 mm (4.980 ∼ 5.492 in.)
Range
Tighten the locknut securely.
After adjusting, move the spring up and down to make
sure that the spring is seated.
Install the parts removed (see appropriate chapters).

Spring Tension Inspection

Since the spring becomes shorter as it weakens, check
its free length [A] to determine its condition.
Shock Absorber Spring Free Length
Standard:
Service Limit:

Rear Shock Absorber Removal

Remove:
Rear Frame with Air Cleaner Housing (see Rear Frame
Removal in the Frame chapter)
Using the jack under the frame, raise the rear wheel off
the ground.
Special Tool - Jack: 57001-1238
When pulling out the mounting bolts, lift the rear
wheel slightly. Forcing or tapping on a bolt could
damage the bolt, sleeve, and bearing
Remove the tie-rod mounting bolt and nut [A] (Rear), and
turn the tie-rod [B] downward.
Remove the rear shock absorber lower mounting bolt and
nut [C].
255 mm (10.0 in.)
250 mm (9.84 in.)
CAUTION

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