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1998 Suzuki Marauder VZ800 - Suzuki claims the rear suspension

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1998 Suzuki Marauder VZ800 - Suzuki claims the rear suspension is adjustable for ride comfort - can't seem to locate any info on how to adjust it - any suggestions?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Motorcycle
Expert:  Wayne S. replied 8 years ago.
Good day,

the only adjustment available
on the rear shocks is spring
pre-load adjustment.
It has about 5 settings I believe.
It requires a tool to hook
into the lower part of the shock
under the spring and turn it to
different cam heights.
You may be able to buy one
at a bike shop or online.
Alternatively, you may be
able to make something that
would work. You turn the adjuster
until the spring is sitting on
a lower cam setting this lowers
the preload on the spring making
it softer. Number 1 is the softest
setting with number 5 being the
stiff setting.
The adjusting tool looks like this:
Check in your tookit just in case one
is supplied.

Customer: replied 8 years ago.
1 being soft vs. 5 being stiff. just so I understand - I have looked in the shock tube and I can see the 5 notches and I have taken it from the furthest point on one side to the furthest point on the other side (i.e. stepped through all 5 notches) - since the spring is incased in a non-removable chrome sleve I can not tell what is happening to the spring but I can see the lower part of the shock extends about 3/4 of an inch further out on longest notch vs. shortest notch (which is were it was set originally) - is this enough info to translate which of the above settings is the stiffest vs. the softest. With my neck I just would prefer to make sure I am on the softest setting first then make adjustments form ther if I need to.
Expert:  Wayne S. replied 8 years ago.
As the adjuster moves down
or away from the spring it
gets softer. As the adjuster
moves up and preloads or pushes
up on the spring, it gets stiffer.

You may be able to see the numbers
1 to 5 with 1 being the softest
setting. This adjustment may
not work wonders as it is a minor
I suggest getting a nice soft
seat pad as this may do more
for you.