Trainee Sport Tourer
Join Date: Mar 2020
Location: Twin Cities, MN
Looks like no one has done anything for a couple weeks. Must be out riding!
I did the Gen III rear shock upgrade a couple months back. The preload adjuster stopped working last week, so I had to pull the shock off again. PITA, but having done it once, it was faster this time. The nuts that hold the cable in place had slipped off their retainer, so the fix was fast. This is on a 2007 AE, so besides the ABS plumbing to work around, there is the shift actuator on the other side, too. The nut is a lot easier to access with that removed.
I ordered a new air filter, since I was going to tear it open again. The actuator has to come off to get the filter out. I was surprised how bad the filter was; I don't know when (if) the prior owner changed it, if ever. It was actually bowed outward, and the mesh around the media was separating from the plastic base.
Went out for about 200 miles to visit some Tour of Honor sites with my wife aboard (together we clock out around 460# - we're not small people). Much better ride with the hard preload!
I just did the oil six weeks ago (right before an SS1000 attempt) but it is black. It is probably fine, but with the condition of the air filter, I don't know what kind of particulate has been getting sucked through; it's cheap peace of mind for me. I'll add a couple ounces of SeaFoam and take it out for a run first, to heat it up well. Need to buy a new drain plug tomorrow as the P.O. bunged it up.
Photos: Filters before & after, and shift actuator.
2007 FJR 1300AE ("Cerulean Silver") - 2003 V-Strom ("Pearl Orpiment Yellow")