Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Brisbane, Australia
I haven't checked the manuals for earlier bike, but if that happened on my later model bike, it is a symptom that the preload adjuster has been taken off incorrectly, resulting in the zero point of the adjustment rod change.
There is a locking nut that must be held with a wrench as the preload cap is taken off.
It is not a disaster, the main thing is that the rod has enough adjustment range that it can seat fully at the minimum adjustment (maximum damping)