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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-27-2012, 05:55 AM Thread Starter
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Any How-To's on swapping the rear shock?

Just got a new Elka shock and want to install it..... couldn't find anything online or on youtube, anyone know of any good ones or have one?

It's a 2006 R6... The service manual gives vague pictures but would like to see something visual before attempting this.

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Re: Any How-To's on swapping the rear shock?

I recently switched to a TTX and it was a fairly simple process.
The main thing is to take the weight off the swing arm.
Some people just use a strap to lift the bike from the subframe.
Take pics and make your own how to

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it can kind of suck.. as stated above, get some jack stands so you can put them under the footpegs. it will be easier if you remove the rear wheel too so you can drop the swingarm down further than it can go with the wheel on. You can try to slide the top shock bolt out, but once loose it likely will hit the frame.. now you get to lift the tank and loosen the large nut that mounts the shock shackle to the frame. loosening it will allow the shock to drop enough the mounting bolt will side out.
You may be able to slide the lower shock bolt out around the dogbone linkage with the rear wheel off, but it may be possible you need to remove the rear dogbone bolt to drop it/them out of the way to allow the lower shock bolt to slide out. try doing this before removing the rear wheel, but it still may need to come out.
Yea, one aspect of my 03-04, and 05 i miss. the shock came out friggin easy on those bikes.
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Re: Any How-To's on swapping the rear shock?

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it can kind of suck.. as stated above, get some jack stands so you can put them under the footpegs. it will be easier if you remove the rear wheel too so you can drop the swingarm down further than it can go with the wheel on. You can try to slide the top shock bolt out, but once loose it likely will hit the frame.. now you get to lift the tank and loosen the large nut that mounts the shock shackle to the frame. loosening it will allow the shock to drop enough the mounting bolt will side out.
You may be able to slide the lower shock bolt out around the dogbone linkage with the rear wheel off, but it may be possible you need to remove the rear dogbone bolt to drop it/them out of the way to allow the lower shock bolt to slide out. try doing this before removing the rear wheel, but it still may need to come out.
Yea, one aspect of my 03-04, and 05 i miss. the shock came out friggin easy on those bikes.
Are ya having fun yet!!
i dropped the dog bones out of my way when i did mine. it is sort of a pain, once you get the old shock it its pretty straight forward. i did have to move the swing arm up and down a bit as i was setting the new shock in place.
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Re: Any How-To's on swapping the rear shock?

The 06 R6 service manual says I have to remove the dog bones.... and I'll be removing the tank altogether to give myself more room. I've enlisted my brother for support/assistance at the cost of going out for some wings afterwards.

I know putting the new shock in will need some wiggle here and there with the swingarm or subframe..... not sure which approach I'll try yet. Lifting the subframe seems more stable than lifting the bike on the pegs BUT the pegs would make it easier to lift just by using the swingwarm/rear wheel.

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i lifted mine with jack stands



when i put the new shock in i slid the bottom in then put moved it around till i could get the top nut threaded on some. next i put the bolt in the bottom and tightened everything up.
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Re: Any How-To's on swapping the rear shock?

no need to take the dog bones off all the way, just remove 1 of the 2 bolts and swing that end down and out of way. It's one bolt, but hey..1 less thing to do that has no bearing on the task at hand is good.
No need to tank all the way off, but considering there is only the 1 bolt left holding it on the bracket once it's up.. ya might as well take it off.. lol.

tip: if you ever send your shock out for service.. you can use a long wrench in there to support the bike.

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Re: Any How-To's on swapping the rear shock?

With these long winters up here, i foresee me modding the rear end to allow for easier shock swaps...

what a pita.

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With these long winters up here, i foresee me modding the rear end to allow for easier shock swaps...

what a pita.
i think i read some where people cut a hole in the side of the frame or sub frame to gain access?
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no need to take the dog bones off all the way, just remove 1 of the 2 bolts and swing that end down and out of way. It's one bolt, but hey..1 less thing to do that has no bearing on the task at hand is good.
No need to tank all the way off, but considering there is only the 1 bolt left holding it on the bracket once it's up.. ya might as well take it off.. lol.

tip: if you ever send your shock out for service.. you can use a long wrench in there to support the bike.
oh and this is what i did, take the rear bot out and swung them down and out of the way
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