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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 05-12-2016, 07:45 AM Thread Starter
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Removing the Rear Shock

I'm going to change the rear spring and possibly the shock, has anyone tried this yet because looking at it it would seem that you need to remove the swing arm to get it out.
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I'm going to change the rear spring and possibly the shock, has anyone tried this yet because looking at it it would seem that you need to remove the swing arm to get it out.

Yes I have removed mine, you do NOT need to remove the swing-arm but its a bit fiddly to get it out. This is what I did:

1) Jack up bike
2) Undo bottom suspension links.
3) Remove Preload adjuster knob from shock.
4) undo top shock bolt.
5) Lift the swing-arm and the shock can be twisted and got out.

Not for 5 you really need 2 people, the shock has to be twisted to get it out.
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OK, thanks for that.
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Pre-load handle

How does the pre-load handle come off the shock ? Don't want to force it off.
Thanks.
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post #5 of 37 (permalink) Old 07-23-2016, 05:23 PM
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The pre-load handle stays with the shock.
The service manual also recommends you remove the rectifier on chain side(2x bolts&elec. connectors).

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Ok thanks it's a bit of a chew
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post #7 of 37 (permalink) Old 07-29-2016, 01:24 PM
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Hi, Does your bike have a main stand fitted ? I'm wondering if I take mine off I may get more angle to get the shocker up and out. Thanks.
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post #8 of 37 (permalink) Old 07-29-2016, 06:12 PM
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Hi, Does your bike have a main stand fitted ? I'm wondering if I take mine off I may get more angle to get the shocker up and out. Thanks.

Interesting point when I had my shock out I didn't have the centre stand (but I do now)
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I am in the position of being stuck with my AT hoisted in the air and still unable to get this shock out.

When it says "remove the preload knob" are you literally meaning just the knob at the end that seems held on by a cross-head screw (leaving the shaft in situ)
or does the whole shaft and knob come away from the shock body?

It seems impossible to get out from where it is?

Currently waiting for a mate to arrive and together we can try this lifting and twisting method but i really need to know about this pre-load knob as i just don't see how it can help?

Thanks

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I am in the position of being stuck with my AT hoisted in the air and still unable to get this shock out.

When it says "remove the preload knob" are you literally meaning just the knob at the end that seems held on by a cross-head screw (leaving the shaft in situ)
or does the whole shaft and knob come away from the shock body?

It seems impossible to get out from where it is?

Currently waiting for a mate to arrive and together we can try this lifting and twisting method but i really need to know about this pre-load knob as i just don't see how it can help?

Thanks

ian

Yes it was just the knob we removed.

I know we twisted the shock round and we may well have moved the swing arm up and down during the removal as well.

I am not near my bike at the moment so sorry I cant be more help but we definitely did not remove the swing arm.
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