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SUPPLEMENT
Inspection
Refer to the Chapter Ten section of this
supplement for Uni-Trak inspection.
REAR SHOCK ABSORBER
(KZ550-F1)
KZ550-F1 models are equipped with
4-way, damping adjustable
air shocks.
Suspension adjustment is different from
non-air dual-shock models.
Adjustment
The rear shock absorbers must be adjusted
within specifications. One air valve supplies
air to both shock absorbers. See Table 4.
1. Place the bike on the centerstand to set the
rear wheel off the ground.
2. Turn the damping adjuster (Figure 10)
with your hand to the desired setting (see
Table 5).
NOTE
Always turn the adjuster until it
clicks
into position.
3. Remove the rear shock air valve cap
(Figure 10).
4. Attach an air pump to the air fitting.
5. Inflate the shocks to about 30 psi. Then
slowly bleed off pressure to reach the desired
value. Refer to Table 4.
WARNING
Never adjust the shocks below the
mlnimum or exceed the maximum
allowable air pressure (see
Table
4).
These conditions can destroy the oil
seal and cause loss of control.
6. Install the valve cap.
REAR SHOCK ABSORBER
(ZX550-A1 AND A2)
Adjustment
The ZX550 shock absorber is provided
with 2 adjustments to suit various road and
bike load conditions.
Spring adjustment
The spring has a 3-position adjustment.
Position No. 1 is the weakest and position
No. 3 is the strongest.
NOTE
The low position is recommended only
for one rider with no accessories.
To adjust the shock absorber spring force,
remove the right-hand side cover. Turn the
adjuster at the top of the reservoir (Figure 11)
to the desired setting.
Damping adjustment
The shock absorber is equipped with a
damper adjuster that provides 4 different
damping positions: No. 1 (soft) to No. 4
(hard). To adjust, turn the adjuster to the
desired position so that the number aligns
with the stamped mark on the shock (Figure
12). Refer to Table 5.
NOTE
The No. 2 position is recommended for
one rider with no accessories.
TIRES
Refer to the tire and load data label on the
motorcycle for the correct tire pressure. See
Figure 10. Table 6 lists tire sizes for 1982 and
later models that differ from 198 1 sizes.
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