Removing rear shocks

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Removing rear shocks

Post by tbiede » Sat Mar 12, 2011 10:40 pm

I am about to remove the rear shocks on my '86 se-i, to send them out to be rebuilt. (I don't feel I have the mechanical ability to do it myself, and I want to save a few bucks by having them rebuilt, instead of buying new shocks.) The clymer manual says that the removal and installation is easier if the shocks are done seperately, and that the remaining unit will support the rear of the bike, if done seperately.
My question is, if I pull both shocks, will the bike collapse in a heap of twisted rubber and metal? Or, should I support the frame of the bike before I pull the shocks?
Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Removing rear shocks

Post by HALBUDD » Sun Mar 13, 2011 12:25 am

I have taken mine off before put bike on center stand and use something to support your swing arm,then take your shocks off just dont let your swing arm drop to the floor. Good luck Hal
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