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I got a spanner wrench last night that has 2 sizes, 68mm and 87mm. I figure that the 68 will work for our bikes is this correct?
 

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I don't know for sure but that sounds about right. The spring OD is about that size and the nut's about the same diameter as the spring.

I have just used a pair of waterpump pliers and gripped the notches, several apart, not trying to grip the diameter and chewing it all up. A stubborn one can be bumped with a punch and hammer to get it started.
 

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What the F*#* is a spanner wrench? lol
 

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I bought the 68mm wrench with the 8mm tip. It was a little too large to fit into the groove at the top of the spring.

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I milled the tip of the wrench about 1mm and it works perfectly now. I used a belt sander with 80 grit.

 

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i just had the shock off my bike. the actual dimentions of the adjusting nuts are 60mm and 63mm. one is slightly bigger. and the notches are 5mm. the 68mm spanner should work fine. most tool shops only carry adjustable spanners anyway.

also, what we technically want is called a "hook spanner". cycle shops sometimes call em "c-spanner" or "shock spanner". this lexicon is probably only useful in the americas though. in british english, all wrenches are called spanners.

heres a hook spanner.


an adjustable hook spanner.



ive found this type of pliers can work just fine. the tip of the tool will easily grab hold of a notch in the nut. but if you're not carefull, you will scratch up the nuts.


all these tools only work while the shock is OFF the bike. theres just not much room with the shock installed. if you want to adjust without removing the shock, a hammer and center-punch, or a socket extender might work for ya.
 

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I just ordered the Motion Pro shock wrench at a whopping 15 dollars. :eek: I will post how well (or if) it works with the EX shock when it comes in this week.

I found that channel locks can be used, but it is impossible to not scar up your nut.

To even be able to use a pair of channel locks requires having very coarse 'teeth' on the jaws. All I do is smash my fingers in my pliers with my 'fine tooth' channel locks.
 

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ak409 said:
So, did the Motion Pro spanner fit properly?
I just bought one, it does fit good enough to get the job done, but I suspect I will be filing off a little from the tip to help it fit better in the notches of the adjusting nut.

I usually buy these hook spanner wrenches from McMaster Carr but the fellow at the dealership swore this tool would fit and he was almost right.
 

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chickenstrips said:
I bought the 68mm wrench with the 8mm tip. It was a little too large to fit into the groove at the top of the spring.

so

I milled the tip of the wrench about 1mm and it works perfectly now. I used a belt sander with 80 grit.

Doesn't "milling" usually require a mill? :p
 

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ShadesOfGray said:
screaminglemon said:
ive found this type of pliers can work just fine. but if you're not carefull, you will scratch up the nuts.
Maybe they're itchy?
hahahaha epic
 

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srblackbird23 said:
ShadesOfGray said:
screaminglemon said:
ive found this type of pliers can work just fine. but if you're not carefull, you will scratch up the nuts.
Maybe they're itchy?
hahahaha epic
Indeed epic. Homer and Odessy epic. Made me laugh anyway.

"Spanners" are colloquial for "wrenches" in the UK vs. US terms. Like bonnets are hoods, boots are trunks, lorries are trucks, fags are cigarettes.... and the list goes on
No useful relevence but I thought I'd throw it out there.
 

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FloridaEX500 said:
The use of the right tool is good fundamentals. Nothing wrong with that.

Hopefully the NY Mets display good fundamentals this year.
UMMMM........ NO
the Chicago White Sox. ;)
NY Metropolitans.... :p
 
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