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Hi,
I just bought an after market shock, and am planning to install it.
Want to know your thoughts on installing it myself. Or is it better to go to a professional.
Also, if I can install it myself, it would be great if someone can point out the steps involved.

I tried the search function, but was able to find any with Steps or Pics.

Your help is greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Chandramouli
 

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Its not hard to do. Just need a friend to support the bike on the kickstand.
You're gonna have to remove the seat to access the upper shock bolt.
 

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  1. put bike on stands
  2. remove rear wheel
  3. put jack stands under foot pegs
  4. unbolt bottom linkage bolts but do not remove yet
  5. lower swingarm
  6. remove bolts and linkage making note of linkage placement
  7. unbolt top shock mount bolt
  8. remove shock
Installation is the reverse.
 

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Hey Dan...Does the rear wheel needs to be removed ....Can we replace it without removing rear wheel.
 

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Its not hard to do. Just need a friend to support the bike on the kickstand.
You're gonna have to remove the seat to access the upper shock bolt.
i thought the upper shock bolt was under the tank :confused:
 

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There's two ways for ya, here's a third...

I had a strap around the garage door railing and hooked it to my subframe. Lifting it off the ground to take the weight off the rear shock so I wouldn't have to remove my rear wheel.

-Ant.
 

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Hey Dan...Does the rear wheel needs to be removed ....Can we replace it without removing rear wheel.
I remove the rear wheel for clearance and the ability to move the swingarm freely to align the linkage. On the R1s it's pretty helpful due to the undertail exhaust being in the same area. Takes me about 5 minutes to remove the wheel.
 

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Where in Cali are you located?
 

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Where in Cali are you located?
Hey...I live in Nor Cal..Sunnyvale.

btw, got my shocks changed.....looks great....really haven't gotten a chance to test it yet, because of rain.
 
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