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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 05-15-2012, 10:05 AM Thread Starter
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Assist on shock install in Chicago?

Just got my new shock in today, hoping to get it installed this week before a track day memorial weekend.

I have a rear stand, but don't have jackstands to unload the swingarm, and could use an extra set of hands. Anyone in the Lakeview area that can assist tomorrow or sometime next week?
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Unfortunately, I'm out this weekend in Michigan -- my only real possible dates are Thursday, and Monday/Tuesday. Wednesday-Friday I'm traveling, and Saturday is my track day.

Took much much longer than anticipated to actually receive the shock. :/
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sorry mang, keep looking, good luck, worst case just go pick up some car jack stands from the local parts place and use those. put bike on rear stand, put jack stands under pegs, remove tire, remove rear stand, pull shock

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Thinking about that possibility,but then I need to reinstall the grab rail. And go buy ratchet straps.

I've read I can swap it without pulling the rear tire, though.
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Thinking about that possibility,but then I need to reinstall the grab rail. And go buy ratchet straps.

I've read I can swap it without pulling the rear tire, though.
you can swap without removing the tire, it just makes it easier with the tire out of the way

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how are you going to a track day and have no rachetstraps?

be careful when youre doing this the bike MUST be supported securely very securely, if it comes down with fingers in there it can easily crush or if in the right sopt sever a finger

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If you have the stock pegs, flip them upside down, lift up with the rearstand, and then lower it onto jackstands under the pegs.

I've done this on an SV, you don't need to pull the wheel off, its basically 2-3 bolts, although some of them are in there pretty well. I'm not too far from you, your track day is next Saturday right? as in the 26th

Also, what kind of shock?
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If you have the stock pegs, flip them upside down, lift up with the rearstand, and then lower it onto jackstands under the pegs.

I've done this on an SV, you don't need to pull the wheel off, its basically 2-3 bolts, although some of them are in there pretty well. I'm not too far from you, your track day is next Saturday right? as in the 26th

Also, what kind of shock?
Yeah, ACC on the 26th. Hoping to get this done before then so I can get a suspension setup done. Know about the stock pegs trick -- do I need a c-clip tool to reverse the pegs?

I've got the rear stand, just no jackstands to unweight the swingarm.

Edit: Shock is a Penske 8975DB.

Thanks for the offers, I'll try and figure out my plan later today.

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To reverse the pegs you just need small pliers. Pull out the clip, lightly tap out the pin, reverse peg, put the pin in there to hold it in place.

I would just go out and buy some jackstands for $20. I would offer you to bring it to my place but my garage floor isn't exactly level for the drains so last time it was a PITA. It really isn't that hard though, couple bolts at the bottom for the dogbones are kinda tight/rusty, otherwise the one up top is pretty easy.

I would spray the bolts you need to remove with PB blaster, etc to make the job a little easier.

Also, not sure if I'll have time this Thursday, I should during the day, but you are welcome to borrow my jackstands if you want. I would prefer a small deposit that I'll fully return just because I don't know you. It literally is 3 bolts, but the bottom 2 dogbone bolts can be hard to get out just because where they are.

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Can I get them out with just extensions, or should I look for a u-joint for my ratchet?

Got a torque wrench and breaker bar, so hopefully between that and PB I can work them loose. I remember getting the frame sliders installed was tough for the same reason.

I'll probably just end up hitting Home Depot and grabbing the parts needed after this thread -- thanks for all the input.
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Can I get them out with just extensions, or should I look for a u-joint for my ratchet?

Got a torque wrench and breaker bar, so hopefully between that and PB I can work them loose. I remember getting the frame sliders installed was tough for the same reason.

I'll probably just end up hitting Home Depot and grabbing the parts needed after this thread -- thanks for all the input.
Don't remember which tools I used, don't think I used any u-joints or swivel sockets, but its been a couple years probably.

I didn't have a problem breaking the bolts loose, it was getting them to slide out with one hand while manipulating the rear stand with the other to ease the load off the bolt. The hardest bolt was the one that goes from the dogbones to the swingarm/frame, the 2 bolts for the shock were pretty easy.

Like I said though, I did this on an uneven floor so it made the job tougher. Took me a few hours taking my time.

Frame sliders on the other hand took me 15-20 mins, so be prepared to have time set aside incase this shock install takes longer than planned.
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Be careful supporting a 400 pound motorcycle on small cast aluminum foot pegs.
Very true, I've done it but you have to be extremely cautious. You can also put jackstands under the frame sliders if you're more comfortable doing that, even then, its a 400lb+ bike in the air so you have be very careful, and obvioulsy do this at your own risk.

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I used a scissors jack to hold up the rear of the bike and installed my shock easily. I was able to crank the jack up and down to help me align the linkages. It was super simple.


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That's pretty clever Eric.

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