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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-10-2012, 05:18 PM Thread Starter
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Hello again everyone.

Quick question: To preload the rear suspension, is it wise to purchase Vic's part number for the spanner wrench or will any one do?

Any tips on this process is welcome as well. Mainly because in the manual it is stated to measure the clearance with both riders on the bike, and an assistant to measure the clearance. Well....I have no assistant. My assistant will be my passenger=no one to measure. This is my conundrum.

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Ask your wife to measure from the bottom edge of the fender to the ground (middle of the fender side) with you standing over the bike holding it straight up. Then have your wife sit on the bike with you and stand it up again. While both of you are on the bike ask your wife to measure from the same spot on the fender to the ground.

Subract the loaded height from the loaded height and then measure your clearance in between the fender and your tire. The difference between loaded and unloaded height will be the same as the difference between loaded and unloaded measurements between your fender and tire.

Note that you may have to "wag" a little; if you can't get a measuring device (ruler, tape measure, etc) between your fender and tire see how many fingers it is instead.

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Perfect...thanks Ammo.

Any ideas on the wrench?

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For those who might encounter this as I did:

The part number that Victory lists in the manual is a 60 dollar tool from a Vic dealer. Seems kinda steep for a 6" flat piece of metal. My dealer had a universal wrench that LOOKS like it will fit for 30. I will try it tonight and report back the manufacturer and part number. I think its good to go though.

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It's worth trying but I suggest putting rags around anything close enough to get smacked if the wrench slips off. It would suck like hell to get a ding, dent, or gouge on your fancy new ride!

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It's worth trying but I suggest putting rags around anything close enough to get smacked if the wrench slips off. It would suck like hell to get a ding, dent, or gouge on your fancy new ride!
Not only that, but the manual suggests to spray a "light lubricant", so things must be covered. Can't have that getting on the belt. I've already had bad visions of that thing slipping off too.

Is it me or does this seem kind of a hoaky way to accomplish this? I mean I'm not going to be riding with someone all the time. To keep adjusting it back and forth will most likely result in it staying in the preloaded position.

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try this link for the spanner tool for victory shock

http://store.barracudacustom.com/Vic...l_p/vt-101.htm Its about 50 bucks and a hefty tool not a 6 " wrench . Mike

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try this link for the spanner tool for victory shock

http://store.barracudacustom.com/Vic...l_p/vt-101.htm Its about 50 bucks and a hefty tool not a 6 " wrench . Mike
Hi Mike. Thanks for that, but that's not what I was talking about. If you search for Vic's part number (from the manual) you will find this:



Located here: http://polaris.spx.com/Detail.aspx?id=363&cat=5

You will see it costs 30 bones and can only be purchased by a Polaris dealer. This is the part the was quoted 60 bucks.

The one you provided: looks worth the price, and I agree...looks to be a hefty tool. However...it is NOT the Victory part they list.

The one I bought was this:
While not quite as hefty, it was available, and fairly inexpensive. I will most likely order the one you provided as it looks like a better tool than the other two. What I don't like about Vic's wrench is 1) It's $60 for something that doesn't look nearly the tool as yours. 2)There is a square hole to where it looks to be the receiving end of a ratchet head. Now would I be better off using a rubber coated handled tool, or a bare metal handled tool? I'm going with the first choice, as Ammo pointed out...if that thing slips off, I would rather have a rubber handle than a bare metal ratchet handle flying around. Again, this seems like a hoaky way to accomplish this, but I know it's the way it's been done for a long time, so it can't be that bad can it?

Had I known that this was going to be an issue to find, I would have ordered the right one, or a at least a better one, a week ago. The one I picked up looks like a harbor freight special and most likely won't last two uses without that rivet snapping. Hindsight and all.....

Please don't think I don't appreciate your input, because I do. Fact of the matter is they want to charge me twice the cost price for, in my opinion, less of a tool. The one you provided looks better than both and I will be ordering that one.

thanks again man.

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This is the one I bought years ago. It was only $14 at the time.

Tool Number: PV-46993 Essential
Tool Name: SPRING PRELOAD SPANNER WRENCH
Your Price (USD): $24.50
Application: Victory

Works better for me than the side grab type above. Also works well as an engine crankshaft rotation tool when changing cams and doing timing.... lol
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I do like that better than the offset grip

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