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I pulled my shocks last night and took them to a friends this afternoon for rebuilding. (He has snap-ring pliers and a good air compressor.)

Anyway my shocks didn't have snap rings. Just circlips. Andtherewas an extra one floating around in theright shock. We couldn't figure out where it went so we left it out.

Anybody know where that extra clip was supposed to go? Was it actually an error in manufacturing?




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If I remember right there is a second one above the metal ring that the seal sets against to keep it in place.

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Neither shock had part #9. The right one had 2 #7s. One smaller than the other.

I'm afraid I'm gonna have to go back in. And I don't wanna.
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Hi there

Just for the sake of a full picture, were the stocks working well before the rebuild. If so then it makes sense to put it back the way you found it. No 9 and the other one look like spacers and these must have been removed perhaps by PO in a mistaken effortto adjust ride height. The twin retainers may have been that the ones on one side when replaced were a bit loose so a second thinner one was inserted.



Even as spacers they still play a part in keeping the seals and bushes in place.



It's your call, put right as per diagram or leave as is. Without knowing the ins and outs of the POs actions is not an easy answer to give

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Hi, Goldtop.

I'm the original owner. Shocks came that way from the factory, as I've never had anything done to them before.

They worked fine except for the leaking oil. They still held air.

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i dont think you can get 2 number 7s in the slot. The other thinner wire one that you might be calling a number7 goes in a groove up higher and acts as a stop for the part with a bushing in it if i remember correctly. JB

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Thanks JBz,

We couldn't find a groove for the extra circlip. And in the other shock we couldn't find a matching clip.

Do you think i"m going to have a problem?



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Id say do it right Dennis. Going by memory you have to take the large c clip with the 2 holes off with some snap ring plyers. Then I put hose clamp on it so the washer and seal doesnt end up down the road someplace when I apply air. Sometimes the thin wire clip comes loose with the piston with the bushing, seal , washers etc. That thin wire c clip should go in. Take a thin screwdriver, paperclipor dental pick and you will find the groove for it probably just around where the spring ends or just below a tad. I normally but a metric bolt or fitting in the upper air port and fill them up before I put thepiston and seals back in.I wiggle them around sideays upside down etc to get the old fluid out of the valving before you refill them. It shouldnt be too hard to find where the thin wire clip goes. As far as the order of reasswembly goes the fine wire clip goes in first. The rest Id have to have it to tell you but should be somewhat self explanatory. Hope this helps. JB

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JB,

No snap-ring in these. Just the circlip. And no backup ring. (#9 in the diagram.)

We looked long and hard for a groove to put the thincirclip in but never found one. And found nocirclip in the left shock.

The only thing I can think is the circlip might of been holding the spring retainer in place. But that retainer didn't seem to want to move in either shock, and it seems like the spring would push that retainer out if it wasn't secured.



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is there a chance Dennis you can post some pictures of what you got and maybe me or someone here can help you. Im 99 per cent sure that small wire ring is a stop for the piston and it should be in there. maybe we can use differant terminology for the circlip and snap rings. The circlip will have 2 holes in it where the ends meet and should be the first thing you took off after the boots. JB

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