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Gambler 07-31-2006 02:25 AM

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I rebuilt the shocks this weekend on the 1200, after a short ride, worth the work. I will post some pics, I think I see more shock questions then anything else. Maybe help someone doing the same thing. The fluid that came out was brown and smelled burnt. Also there was less than the recommened 10.5 oz's in there. I used a hand pump to pop the seal after removing the circlip.

Gambler 07-31-2006 02:29 AM

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this is a shot of the stock springs and the progressive springs(progressive springs are the gold ones)

Gambler 07-31-2006 02:42 AM

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this is the tool I made to compress the springs. it consists of 2 1&1/2 inch floor flanges, the top flange is bored out to 2.125(approx. 2&1/8 inch diameter). the bottom flange has a standard plug screwed in to hold the shock end. the threaded rods are 3/8 by 16 allthread, 2 foot long. I double bolted the top flange with grade 8 nuts and hardened washers. The drive nuts are grade 8 with 2 greased hardened washers to reduce galling and friction. use at your own risk, but it worked for me.

Gambler 07-31-2006 02:43 AM

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another shot of the tool. bottom of the tool.

Gambler 07-31-2006 02:47 AM

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this is the top.oh just in case anyone is still using that old outdated metric system, the top plate hole is 54 mm. ;)

Gambler 07-31-2006 02:49 AM

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better view of the top plate hole. I stuck the tool into two holes in my workcenter, the holes were just a little too close together and this helped to hold the tool upright.

Gambler 07-31-2006 02:53 AM

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this is how it works, you have to compress the shock about 2 inches, then pop the top mounting off the shock body.

Gambler 07-31-2006 02:55 AM

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this is how I popped the top after compressing the shock about 2 inches.

Gambler 07-31-2006 02:56 AM

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and this is what you should get

Gambler 07-31-2006 02:56 AM

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and this, yes a posed shot. :dude:


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