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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-13-2017, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
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Has any one replaced there rear shock can not find a video or any post for this subject Thanks

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-13-2017, 03:23 PM
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Has any one replaced there rear shock can not find a video or any post for this subject Thanks
Start by removing the gas tank then pull two bolts out of the shock and it is free. Remove the bottom piece of the tail trunk and the 4 bolts from the right saddle bag so you can get to the preload actuator . Take the three bolts out of of that, remove a couple of electrical connectors and it is out.

If you do lots of work you can remove the shock without removing the tank, but most say it is not worth it. I have not tried that method.

Fred Harmon has a video series that includes taking the tank out and he has one for putting more oil in the preload actuator which shows how to take it off the bike. I suggest getting both a service manual and Fred's videos.
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Maybe this will help. http://www.pbase.com/fredharmon/rearshock
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Really not too difficult other than the fuel tank fits in pretty tight and a little difficult to pull out and push back into the frame. Having the tank close to empty will help. Spraying something for lubrication on the tight portion rubbing frame will make tank a little easier to remove/replace.
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Thanks this is all good info.Will be replacing mine next week this should make it a lot easier

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