Adjusting preload on mp3 250 and seat question
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2016 BV 350
Joined: 20 Jul 2012
Posts: 23
Location: Essex county NJ
Fri Sep 14, 2012 6:33 pm quote
The wrench that is provided in the tool kit can't turn the right rear shock,because there is not enough room.Do I need to take off the muffler?
Has anyone taken their seat apart and reshaped it in any way? The reason I ask is because I find the seat is destroying my backside,it's like sitting on a cinderblock.
I don't want to buy a new seat.I had a vstrom seat worked on by Spenser Seats in Fla a few years ago and was very pleased with the low price and excellent results. Unfortunately,Spenser will not work on scooter seats.
Can anybody help me with these two issues?
Many Thanks,
Jerry
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MP3 400 / BV250
Joined: 02 Jun 2009
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Location: San Diego, California
Fri Sep 14, 2012 7:46 pm quote
Hard to beat the Shad seat for the 250 / 400's at $400.
http://www.shadonline.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=SHV0M2120
Molto Verboso
2012 BV 350, 2013 BMW C650 GT, 2015 Indian Chieftain
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Location: Brentwood, TN
Sat Sep 15, 2012 4:12 am quote
Re: Adjusting preload on mp3 250 and seat question
Gme wrote:
The wrench that is provided in the tool kit can't turn the right rear shock,because there is not enough room.Do I need to take off the muffler?
Yes it can - it isn't easy, but be persistent. Be sure bike is on center stand. Use a pair of channel locks or vise grips to hold the tool and you'll be able tomove the tool. No need to remove muffler.
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MP3 500 - Black Widow ---- MP3 400 - Silver Surfer ---- MP3 250 - Grey Wind
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Location: Grand Blanc, MI
Mon Sep 17, 2012 12:08 am quote
In my experience, YMMV, the muffler must come loose on the 250. There's plenty of clearance on the 500, a little less on the 400, and simply not enough on the 250. It took me about 5 minutes to unbolt the muffler, pull it away from the shock (didn't remove the whole thing) and ensured no busted knuckles or damaged parts.
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2007 MP3 250(retired) C650GT
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Location: Fredericksburg, VA
Mon Sep 17, 2012 5:20 am quote
Burton wrote:
In my experience, YMMV, the muffler must come loose on the 250. There's plenty of clearance on the 500, a little less on the 400, and simply not enough on the 250. It took me about 5 minutes to unbolt the muffler, pull it away from the shock (didn't remove the whole thing) and ensured no busted knuckles or damaged parts.
I got mine on the third notch, because I couldn't get to the fourth one, without moving the muffler. Seems OK, so there it stays.
Molto Verboso
2012 BV 350, 2013 BMW C650 GT, 2015 Indian Chieftain
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Location: Brentwood, TN
Mon Sep 17, 2012 5:28 am quote
For the record, I've owned both a 250 and 500 and was able to adjust shock load on both, without removing the muffler.

Again, it isn't easy, but can be done. MUCH easier with a pair of channel locks to manipulate the tool.
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2016 MP3/500 Sport ABS, 2009 MP3/250, 2012 GTS Super 300ie
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Location: Marietta, GA
Mon Sep 17, 2012 5:55 am quote
Re: Adjusting preload on mp3 250 and seat question
Gme wrote:
The wrench that is provided in the tool kit can't turn the right rear shock,because there is not enough room.Do I need to take off the muffler?
Has anyone taken their seat apart and reshaped it in any way? The reason I ask is because I find the seat is destroying my backside,it's like sitting on a cinderblock.
I don't want to buy a new seat.I had a vstrom seat worked on by Spenser Seats in Fla a few years ago and was very pleased with the low price and excellent results. Unfortunately,Spenser will not work on scooter seats.
Can anybody help me with these two issues?
Many Thanks,
Jerry
I purchased a Used MP3 Seat on Ebay.com for around $75 I think it was.
Sent it to Pirates Upholstery and had them lower it, and rebuild with Waterproof Leather.

It looks exactly like the stock one, but a completely different feel.
These guys do wonderful work. Plus, I still have my original stock seat to put back on if I ever sell the bike.

Since this work was done, I also sent them my GTS Seat and Back Rest for re-work. They can also add a heater to the seat if you want while they have it.

As far as the shock adjustment, I don't have any problems using the tool.
But... I have the LeoVince L4 now, so maybe the stock one gets in the way.


Keith,
Marietta, GA
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2016 BV 350
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Location: Essex county NJ
Tue Sep 18, 2012 7:19 am quote
Thanks On the pre load issue
With some grunting,a little wd40 I was able to move the adjusters.
Thanks to all,
Jerry
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