Rear shocks removal


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Refrigerator
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Rear shocks removal

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Hello everyone,
I am planning on replacing the upper and lower shock bushings on both sides for my GL1500 (97 Asp), Is there anything i should look out for during removal? Is it as simple as unbolting while the bike is on the center stand? Or are the shocks under tension and i would have to compress them? Any tips would be very helpful. Thanks


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Re: Rear shocks removal

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Actually you might need a block under the read tire to take off the hanging weight then the shocks pop right off. Be sure to deflate the right side shock.
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Re: Rear shocks removal

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Be careful when removing the lower right hand bolt from the rear drive shock mount. There is a possibility that the steel sleeve in the shock could rust and seize onto the bolt. After the bolt has broken free it should back out fairly easily, if it doesn't be careful, you can snap off the outer shock boss. That boss also retains one of the studs that holds the rear drive onto the swingarm, so it becomes a serious issue.

Ask me how I know. I was lucky, in that, I was able to weld it back on.
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