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Dug through this forum and the service manuals before tackling a rear shock rebuild this weekend. Lined up the parts, pulled everything off the rear end and started in on the right shock. Discovered an important safety note that I either missed or was missing from all the discussions I read:

As I was removing the circlip in preparation to disassemble the shock, I turned away slightly to set the clip aside when there was a huge BANG from my hand/lap and I was sprayed with shock fluid and heard metal rings dinging their way across the driveway.

IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTE: Be sure to de-pressurize the system BEFORE removing the circlip! :shock::shock::shock::shock::shock:The backing rings, seal, and guide bushing all flew about 20 feet before landing in the driveway. Glad I wasn't looking down the barrel!!!

Just for reference, the shocks were at only 35 PSI at the time.

J-
 

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Very good reminder, but by all rights the shocks should have been bled-off before removal from the wing. Happy to hear that all you got was a surprise... :gunhead:
 

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Yep I did the same thing with a set of shocks that had been lying around my shop for over a year.
 

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well im glad ya learned something outta the ordeal lol
 

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when i did mine i was suprised about the noise but had to disconect the shock completley to get the clip off then re conect ant presurize till pop
 
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