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Great article, I decided to do the rebuild on my 85 Interstate, however the rear shocks (original) do not have a lower circlip but a thin wire retainer for the seal. Anyone have any ideas on how to remove it, thanks

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If you can compress the shock a small amount to take the pressure off the snap ring you should be able to get one end of the ring pried out of the slot a bit with a small screwdriver or machinist's scriber. Once you get an end pried up just slip a small screwdriver between the ring and the slot. Then just keep working it around, prying a bit up each time and using the screwdriver to hold it from going back into the groove.

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Thanks, will give it a try this weekend and advise how I made out. I have been working on my own bikes for years and just recently discovered this site, excellent place for help and information. I have attached a picture of the wire circlip in case anyone else runs into this system.

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Worked just as advertised, by compressing the shock I could tap the retaining washer down slightly and pry out (carefully!) the spring circlip. Thanks for the tip. Now on to finishing the rebuild.

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Finished the rebuild following the pictures by Gambler and Progressive's instructions and all worked fine. Couple of items worth mentioning - the Progressive replacement damper is now sealed and therefore does not require the same amount of fluid as the stock one, they say only 2 ozs are needed. Also the position of the circlip holding the springs is about 1/4 inch higher than stock. Other than this not difficult to do. In my previous post I mentioned having to compress the shock to get at the seal retaining circlip, not a problem when reassembling as the seal will go far enough into the shock body when there is no air pressure to seat it. Gambler's "home-made" shock compressor works great.
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what a great post gambler, i have a 1980 gl1100ka and when checking the pressure in the rear units i get a gold coloured fluid spitting out of the schrader valve, only a small amount, it clears itself till the next time i come to check the pressure. is this normal or do i have a problem. i have only had the bike for 2months and no service history came with it.

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No problem, you're just getting a bit of the shock's oil that works it's way into the air lines. Sometimes a good bump can get oil into the air lines as the shock compresses suddenly.

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Thanks for the info exavid.
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Thank you for the outstanding post!!! It really helped in my shock rebuild.

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