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Adjusting the Shocks on Your Scout

Periodically measure the rear shock preload on your Indian Scout. For the most comfortable ride and proper ground clearance, you'll need to adjust the preload if your ride height is out of specification. You'll need an assistant to help you with this procedure, which is detailed in your Owner's Manual.

Follow these steps:


1. Verify that your tire pressure is at specification. For more on that procedure, consult your Owner's Manual.

2. Load the motorcycle with all intended cargo. Wearing your riding gear, bring the motorcycle to the upright position and sit on the operator's seat. If you plan to carry a passenger, have the passenger — with riding gear — sit on the passenger seat.

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3. Measure shock preload from the upper mount bolt center to the lower mount bolt center, eye-to-eye (1). Perform this measurement on both shocks.

4. The ride height for a Scout or Scout Sixty should be 282 mm. For a Scout Bobber, it should be 275 mm. If the measurement differs, adjust the preload.

Scout shock


Special tools are required to perform the rear shock preload adjustment on your Scout. To adjust the rear shock preload, you'll need a shock spanner wrench or shock adjustment tool. See your Indian Motorcycle Dealer with questions. To find a dealer near you, use the Dealer Locator.

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1. Verify that your tire pressure is at specification. Consult your Owner's Manual for more on that procedure.

2. Rest the motorcycle on the sidestand.

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3. Ensure threads are clear of all dirt and debris before loosening the lock nut (1). Loosen the lock nut by turning it counter-clockwise (as viewed from the top of the shock) with a spanner wrench or shock adjustment tool. The upper spanner nut on the shock is the lock nut. The lower spanner nut is the adjuster nut (2).

Scout adjustment

4. Spray a light lubricant on the adjuster nut where it contacts the spring. DO NOT allow the spray to contact the drive belt.

5. Adjust the shock preload by rotating the adjuster nut clockwise, as viewed from the top of the shock, to increase preload (3) (firm) or counter-clockwise to decrease preload (4) (soft).

6. Recheck the preload measurement after adjusting.

7. Tighten the lock nut securely against the adjuster nut.