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My '97 VN800A seems to be a little soft. Granted, I'm 6'2" and 240lbs, so I'm no lightweight, but it seems like the bike sinks a bit too much when I saddle up.
I was reading about the preload adjust and figured I'd give the adjustment a shot, but this is what I found:



I'm assuming it's already at the highest level or has the most preload?

Should I be looking for a replacement shock and/or spring (if that's even available)?
 

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That preload is set as stiff as it will go. Can't give you advise on if there's another shock or spring available hope someone can answer that for you
 

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Those shocks are 20 years old. By all means, do a bit of research & choose some that will accomplish what you're after. Even stock replacement, if available will be an improvement.

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Prelod will not make it harder. It will just prevent it from bottoming out. Say, does it bottoms out even on maximum!? Are You sure? If yes, it needs a replacement. If no, its normal.
 

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Could someone please tell me where this adjustment is on my 2002? I can not even find it in the manual or the shop manual. Unless i am missing something. I like mine set the mid adjustment on all my mono shock bikes. Im 5'8 and 180 and never have a passenger and being a bit lower suits me better. That also looks like a real pain to get to to adjust. Maybe?

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Harry
 

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No, it doesn't bottom out, even with me and my wife on board, but it just seemed to be traveling farther than I expected. I guess it's normal, though. Looks like a decent replacement shock is ~$450, so that will wait a while.

harry, I removed the right side cover and compartment to get to it. Took about 5 minutes. I hear that adjustment is made via a long bar/screwdriver/rod/etc...and a hammer and is best accomplished with the bike on a stand, raising the rear wheel and taking load off of the shock.
 

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i tried using a big heavy duty screwdriver and hammered at the shock, didn't budge it, so removed the shock to adjust it to #4, there are 7 setting, you only turn it 1 way, after #7 (hardest) it drops back down to #1 again (lightest setting)
 
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