Removed my rear shock today and dropped it down the shop to get the spring changed for a +20mm Hyperpro. Exactly as Wytco0 states, 15 minutes tops once you have a few tools to hand. I have a centrestand, that helps rather than hinders. Workshop manual states you should remove the regulator/rectifier, this is only precautionary and is not really neccessary.
1) Jack up bike - or put on centrestand.
2) Undo bottom suspension links. - Very easy access, you don't need to remove any bodywork or anything.
3) Remove Preload adjuster knob from shock - a simple crosshead screwdriver. Workshop manual does not give this step but it makes it much easier to remove the shock.
4) undo top shock bolt. - you will require a small drift to help you get the bolts out after taking off the nuts. There are no washers to drop and lose.
5) Lift the swing-arm and the shock can be twisted and got out. - you can do this by yourself, just lift the wheel and wedge something under it, you need to raise this quite a bit, at least 8".
A socket set with a 6"-8" extension and regular spanners will suffice, no special tools needed. You just need a socket and extension the other side of the top bolt to reach (or a spanner with a socket on the end) These are not hard to undo or access. To refit just the reverse but do have a Torque Wrench for your own safety, again, values in the manual.
Last edited by eltel62; 02-21-2017 at 11:30 AM.