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    Rear Pre load adjuster seized
    on: May 21, 2020, 06.36 pm
    May 21, 2020, 06.36 pm
    Would like to thank everyone for the warm welcome to the forum. First day first question, have owned a 2013 Trophy for 2 days with the first ride out today. Before taking off (literally) I carried out checks on all lubricants and settings. Sadly I was unable to shift the rear Pre load adjuster which refused to budge even after a good soaking in WD40. I have had contact with the seller who offered no warranty but does appear to be on side. He suggested taking into my local garage (non dealership) to have it assessed before agreeing to anything. That all appears good however I was stunned by the cost of a new adjuster which is listed at £400+ I am sure I can get a good used part cheaper in order to save long term aggravation with the seller. What I am wondering is if other owners might have dealt with a similar seizure and how they overcame it. Please note Iím interested in the mechanical seizure and not the physical type connected to th  Ed cost of parts. Thanks in advance...

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    Re: Rear Pre load adjuster seized
    Reply #1 on: May 21, 2020, 07.32 pm
    May 21, 2020, 07.32 pm
    Hi Grey man,

    Just to clarify that it is the standard Trophy you have,
    with Manual adjustment of Suspension settings,
    and not the SE Version with electrically adjustable suspension ?

    One of our Members recently had his RSU ( SE Version ) repaired
    ( Topic here : Rear Shock repair/refurb )
    by Firefox Racing Limited, West Yorkshire
    at much less than the cost of a replacement Unit.

    While working on this, I would also recommend checking the Bearings and Ground Sleeves
    within the bottom of the RSU and the Drag & Drop Links, which are prone to corrosion.
    If they seize up in the Drag Link, the Drag Link can end up breaking !

    Topic here : Drag Link failure - rear suspension assembly.

    Cheers  :821:

    Last Edit: May 21, 2020, 07.35 pm by Coconut

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    Re: Rear Pre load adjuster seized
    Reply #2 on: May 21, 2020, 08.13 pm
    May 21, 2020, 08.13 pm
    Thanks Coconut. The bike is not a SE model and so only has manual adjustment or at least should have. At present I have no idea itís setting so it maybe in sport, standard or full on touring mode. A local mechanic who looked at it was puzzled as to why I might want to use the adjuster as apparently most people donít. My view is that if itís on the bike it should be working whether I use it or not so I will persevere. Thanks anks again for the advice.

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    Re: Rear Pre load adjuster seized
    Reply #3 on: May 22, 2020, 12.27 am
    May 22, 2020, 12.27 am
    I too have a standard Trophy (by personal choice). I had to replace my shocker at 75000 miles as it lost all of its damping oil and it cost me £550 for a new one, about half price of an electric shocker. I would suggest liberal doses of WD40 or similar on all of the parts associated with the pre load adjustment, together with gentle "toing and froing" with the adjustment knob as it may just work. I also agree with Coconuts suggestion that the rear shock linkages and bearings are overhauled as they do seem to be overlooked by owners and service "technicians" alike.
    Last Edit: May 22, 2020, 12.30 am by 1675

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    Re: Rear Pre load adjuster seized
    Reply #4 on: May 27, 2020, 01.32 pm
    May 27, 2020, 01.32 pm
    Thanks for the response, tried the soaking option but still nothing. Looks like it will need to be replaced after all. One other thing you may be able to help with. How noisy should the ABS be when braking. My last bike was a 2005 r1200GS with ABS, I wasnít overly aware of a noise on that bike so notice the difference. I have also got 3 random cable ending under the seat. One has a small USB connector the others are female Jack cable connectors. Any help is appreciated. Thanks

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    Re: Rear Pre load adjuster seized
    Reply #5 on: May 27, 2020, 04.39 pm
    May 27, 2020, 04.39 pm
    Under normal braking conditions, i.e. without
    the ABS activating, you shouldnít hear a thing
    and the brakes should be as smooth as silk.

    If the ABS is kicking in you will hear and feel
    the ďhammeringĒ as the ABS system rapidly applies
    and releases the pressure to the brakes. 

    As for those cables - do you have a Garmin Sat Nav cradle fitted ?

    They could be some of the connectors for that -
    Microphone input on a small ( 2mm ? ) Jack Plug,
    Audio Output on a larger 3.5mm Jack Plug,
    and USB Audio Input.

    Photographs might help with their identification.

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    Re: Rear Pre load adjuster seized
    Reply #6 on: May 27, 2020, 05.31 pm
    May 27, 2020, 05.31 pm
    Coconut. There is a cradle fitted so that makes sense. As for the brakes, I find the Trophy to be a noisy bike but realise it does have a distinctive sound and assumed the screen position might distort any noise generated. The bike does seem to scream through the gears and the brakes although smooth and effective are noisy. Iím still getting used to the bike and itís character but am starting to wonder if I have bought a Ďwrong uní???

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    Re: Rear Pre load adjuster seized
    Reply #7 on: May 27, 2020, 06.25 pm
    May 27, 2020, 06.25 pm
    If you haven't already done so, it would be worth removing the Brake Pads
    to make sure they aren't worn downto below the Service limit -
    which could be expensive if you end up with metal on metal and trash the Discs !

    There might also be a piece of grit or other crud that has been trapped in the Caliper
    or on the surface of the pads, causing the noise whem the brakes are applied.

    It's not a big job to remove and check them. ( Don't forget the rear brake pads too ! )

    Cheers  :821:


     



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