Rear Shocks fitting?


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Rear Shocks fitting?

Postby dawgout81 » Sun Feb 26, 2012 8:07 am



While reassemblying the rear of my 1981 GW Interstate, the OEM shocks are about 1/2" long and I can't seem to get them compressed to fit the slots.

Anyone have some ideas?



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Re: Rear Shocks fitting?

Postby skier » Sun Feb 26, 2012 11:11 am

Did you have the rear tire supported by something during reassembly? If so, you may have to remove the support to allow the swingarm to hang lower.

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Re: Rear Shocks fitting?

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Feb 26, 2012 2:41 pm

I had this same problem assembling my GL1100 back end, it was tough to get it just right to line up with the holes. I ended up using a trolley jack to gently lift and lower the swingarm to get it just right, then pushed the bolts through.

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Re: Rear Shocks fitting?

Postby dawgout81 » Sun Feb 26, 2012 4:04 pm

Thanks!
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Re: Rear Shocks fitting?

Postby dawgout81 » Mon Feb 27, 2012 4:18 pm

I got them to go on by securing them to the bottom bolt FIRST and then tapping down on the top of the shock with a maul until it compressed and I could get it on the top shock stud.




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