How to Adjust Gas Shocks

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How to Adjust Gas Shocks
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The suspension of your vehicle is partially controlled by shock absorbers. Race car drivers need a tight, controlled ride to keep them hugging the road. Imagine a motorcycle travelling down a bumpy road with less than adequate shock absorbers. Truckers require adjustable shocks to adapt when hauling heavy loads. Adjusting your gas shocks is a simple process.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Jack
  • Screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Park the vehicle on a flat surface and engage the emergency brake. Use jack to lift the vehicle off the ground. For safety reasons, do not rely on the stability of a standard jack alone. Instead, use a heavy-duty jack or support the vehicle with concrete blocks.

  2. 2

    Locate the adjustment dial on your shocks on the inside of the cylinder.

  3. 3

    Turn the dial by hand to the desired setting. Lower numbers or a counterclockwise direction will loosen the pressure. Higher numbers or a clockwise direction will tighten the pressure. If your shocks have an adjustment screw, use a screwdriver to make the adjustment.

Tips and warnings

  • Using the right tools ensures proper safety and prevents damage to your vehicle.

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