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Old November 11th, 2011, 11:28 AM   #1
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Where would be the best place to position a jack to raise the rear tires off the ground so I can remove them in order to adjust the rear shocks to a firmer position. No way of getting the wrench on the shock cams without taking the wheels off as far as I can see on the Brutes. Front wheels no problem, just the rears. Should I place the jack directly under the rear diff skid plate with a wood block to widen the load pressure a bit or somewhere else? Don't want to damage anything by bending it. Further, to stabalize the machine I will put chocks on both front wheels and leave the tranny in gear rather than neutral. Should I also apply the front brakes by strapping the right brake lever? (Fronts). I am using a jack with a saddle approx 3" diameter.

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Use a piece of board as wide as the skidplate to distribute the load.

I had to get someone to pull up on the rack and push their foot down on the tire to get mine to turn. You can also take a big pair of channel locks (waterpump pliers) and squeeze a few of the coils together to take some of the tension off. Use a rag if you care about scratching the coils.
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Just put the jack under the rear with a small board to relieve the pressure on the springs. I didn't need to remove the wheels to adjust mine.
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Old November 11th, 2011, 04:33 PM   #4
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Just put the jack under the rear with a small board to relieve the pressure on the springs. I didn't need to remove the wheels to adjust mine.
Thanx man, that worked like a charm. Made it very easy to turn the cams without removing the wheels. I was used to the Outlander and could eaqsily adjust the shocks without releiving pressure on the springs...

I set the pre-loads to one level down from the stiffest setting to see if that will help eliminate some of the tendancy for the machine to roll to the outside on power slides. had them mid range before and still had to watch cornering with very aggressive body english. We're riding tomorrow so I will post the results here.
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I keep my shocks set one up from the softest setting. Seems to work well for my riding, and I completely agree about the wider stance. Aftermarket tires and wheels make a huge difference in handling and stability over the stock setup.
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Well stiffening up the shocks to 2nd Highest position did make an improvement to the handling of the machine. Here is a video from Saturday going at fairly high speeds down a winding logging road. Did an unintential jump at 1:08 if you can see it.

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Mine are at their highest adjustment and here is the tool for the job. You can get one from SSATV here on the site.
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Mine are at their highest adjustment and here is the tool for the job. You can get one from SSATV here on the site.
Gota get me one of those...My channel-locks are screwing-up my chrome...lol
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It was cheap and does a great job. Mud makes them himself...
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should have that tool in kit under seat
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