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Installing new Shocks

I have to ask a pretty basic question. Kind of on a whim, I ordered a set of 11" Progressive shocks. I want to try them out, see if I like it a little lower. It seems like a pretty simple process, but what do you do keep everything in position while you pull off the old ones and put on the new?

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when I changed mine, all I did was put the bike up on the center stand and pull the old shocks off.... the wheel drops down a bit....put a new shock on the top mount, pick up the wheel to install the bottom mount. real easy.
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When someone says "easy" , that's when things go wrong

If you put the top of the shock all the way on the top mount, you will not be able to put the bottom one on without pulling the top off some.....(unless the bushings are too big)

Good idea to clean off the mounting studs and put a little grease on them. I just propped up the rear tire with a stack of old magazines. As you are putting on a shorter shock, you will still need to pick the wheel up some of course.

Set the preload after you get the shocks on so the rear drops down about 3/4 - 7/8 of an inch when you sit on the bike. It helps ALOT to get some else to measure this for you....

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When someone says "easy" , that's when things go wrong

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Truer words were never spoken! Thanks.

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When someone says "easy" , that's when things go wrong ......
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hummm............ I can't think of an "easier" mod I have done.... even bolting the aftermarket seat on was more difficult.
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hummm............ I can't think of an "easier" mod I have done.... even bolting the aftermarket seat on was more difficult.
Yes, it was easy for you.... but not everyone is as gifted...

let me tell you the story then............


An old freind calls me and asks how hard is it to put new shocks on. He lives a state over so I don't see myself making the trip to help him...as I know he is a bit , uh , mechnically challanged.

So , I go over the proceedure on the phone to him , making sure he repeats it all back so I am sure he understands each , yes easy , simple step.

30 minutes later I get a call from him. His bike is banged the hell up. I am picturing he forgot to do something and went for a ride........No.

Seems he figured, on his own here, he could make lifting the rear wheel up "easier" by placing a long board under it and have his wife lift it up from behind while he stuck on one of the shocks.

Well you might envision what happened ... I will fill it in for you anyway.

As soon as his wife lifted the board, it not only raised the rear wheel, but it also provided a nice incline for it to roll down....it was more or less a long lever that pushed the bike foreward. The bike moved forward just enough to walk off the centerstand, the bike rolled a few feet, and fell over.

Minor damage to the exhaust, broken lever, cracked windscreen and a tiny dent in the tank.

So any time someone says something is easy, I inform them things can still go wrong.............


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well, I guess I should have put in a disclaimer. It's easy if you are mechanically inclined.
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A ratchet strap (just like the one you've got around the front of the bike to keep the centerstand down) through the wheel and over the rear of the seat area is another fairly easy way to raise the wheel back up by yourself.

With this method, there's no lever action to send the bike rolling. =)


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well, I guess I should have put in a disclaimer. It's easy if you are mechanically inclined.
Yup! Unfortunately that's why I had to ask.

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