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I made a serious mistake, one I know better than to have made.



When I took the shock apart I failed to notice exactly how the seal was positioned.



One side of the seal is flat, the other side is open, if you've ever replaced them you know what I mean.



When I install the new seal, which way does the seal go? Holding the shock upside down so the oil dosen't leak out, does the hollow side go in facing the inside, or does the flat side go in facing the oil?



I already checked the repair manual, it does not offer any help here.
 

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With the shock upside down, (and after the oil is in) the seal will go in with the flat side looking out.
 

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great, thanks.
 

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thru the airline "hole" buts its a slow process
 

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It really is easier just to take them off and pop the seals out. Been there, done that.
 

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What are you using to compress the sping?
 

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if you are just replacing the seal you dont need a thing,just a compressor to blow out the seal

if you are replacing the springs,you can check out a post by "gambler" fixture is easy to make and will cost u about $25 if you have to buy all the materials
 

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i just finished rebuilding my rear shocks, and i put progressive springs in them, WOW what a difference. i have to almost learn how to ride again!

i created a custom spring compressor based on one of the other members here, unfortunately i couldn't search the other day so i did it by memory. but what i did was:
bought 2 ea 1/4 -20 threaded rods, 1 1/4 inch pipe mount with plug. and then i went to a corner of my work bench, drilled a 2" hole in it, and then 2 slightly bigger than 1/4" holes for the threaded rod. put wing nuts with washers. grapped the rod with vise grips and turned down the shock by alternating rods.. i'll try to get pictures.. let me tell you.. if the springs haven't been replaced .. do it! i tried just refreshing the oil etc.. didn't make enough difference.. this did!

Barry
 

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Peterbylt wrote:
I bought the springs for mine at Bike Bandit when I rebuilt the rear shocks recently. One of the best upgrades for the money I have done to my 1100.



http://www.bikebandit.com/product/13179?mg=3493&t=1&td=1



Peter
I just got back, and that is exactly who i used and the same part. my next purchase will be the front springs, now that i feel the difference, i gotta have em!

Barry
 
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