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    Pre load on a manitou black super rwdt

    Hi. I have just got the above fork on a 2005 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR. I am trying to adjust the spring pre load. I have the manual but it covers a number of black's. It says the preload is at the top of the left leg but thats the travel adjuster. Anyone got any ideas?

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    I'm pretty sure that fork doesn't have preload. You'll have to buy a stiffer spring. You can get them super cheap.

    Get the part number from your service guide (#85-5853 for the firm spring, medium is stock) and then call AE bike @ 1-877-232-4530.
    They'll give you the best deal around. Shouldn't be more than $16 plus shipping.

    Or you could try your local shop. I used to do that, but I caught them marking stuff way up and over charging me for shipping, even though they all order from the same place, QBP.
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    Thanks, the guys at manitou have just confirmed that. I think I will live with it, maybe use slightly heavier oil to calm the whole thing down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MK_
    You could also put a couple of washers on top of the spring. Undo the top cap off the crown, drop a couple of washers on top of the spring and reassemble. This will preload it. You could also cut out a piece of PVC pipe to accomplish the same. First try shims to see what gets you into the ballpark and then cut out the piece of PVC accordingly. Also, you might have to drop the spacers below the spring due to RTWD, I am not sure about that one.

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    _MK, not on this one. The RTWD top cap needs to "plug" into the D shaped spring so it can turn it. Spacers would prevent the adustability.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Blackwell
    Thanks, the guys at manitou have just confirmed that. I think I will live with it, maybe use slightly heavier oil to calm the whole thing down.
    You could also put a couple of washers on top of the spring. Undo the top cap off the crown, drop a couple of washers on top of the spring and reassemble. This will preload it. You could also cut out a piece of PVC pipe to accomplish the same. First try shims to see what gets you into the ballpark and then cut out the piece of PVC accordingly. Also, you might have to drop the spacers below the spring due to RTWD, I am not sure about that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris2fur
    _MK, not on this one. The RTWD top cap needs to "plug" into the D shaped spring so it can turn it. Spacers would prevent the adustability.
    I figured RTWD would cause issues with spacers above the spring. But even if you put it below the spring, though?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MK_
    I figured RTWD would cause issues with spacers above the spring. But even if you put it below the spring, though?

    _MK
    Nope. Bottom of spring interfaces with the actual travel adjuster rod.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MK_
    I figured RTWD would cause issues with spacers above the spring. But even if you put it below the spring, though?

    _MK
    It's very tuneable, though, with several main springs rates available and an internal coil spring that can be wound inside of any of the different main springs.

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