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So... after about 96K miles, the rear shocks on the 1200 gave up the ghost. I got a new set, and with one thing and another, didn't get around to installing them until today. I figured that I had a 3 day weekend, so this would be a perfect time to do it.

I've read the honda manual etc, and they all say "Thou shalt remove thy bags, thy trunk, all rails/brackets and take thy bike back to nought to replace thy shocks"

I started looking for loopholes...

So - I undid one side of the brackets and used a cupla scissor jacks to spread the bars gently apart. Lo and behold, I made enough room to get the shocks out. Did the left side first, then the right.

What would have been an all day, gee, I wish I wasn't doing this type of job took about 2 hours, what with stopping for lunch and all.

I now have air ride suspension again and I'm a happy camper.

So - yes - it can be done. Everything bolted right up, no issues, nothing bent.

I'm a happy camper because I can ride for the next cupla days and enjoy the 75 degree weather.

She's at 99434 miles, I'm thinking I can break 100K this weekend...
 

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:claps: for using your noggin, now go floggin :ROFL:
 
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