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Changing shocks

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by tshadow6, Dec 16, 2014.

  1. tshadow6

    tshadow6 XS650 Addict

    How hard is it to change the rear shocks?
  2. lakeview

    lakeview XS650 Guru XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Put it up on center stand and start wrenching. If you have a bar and a fulcrum to go under the wheel, it will make it easier to line up the holes on the shocks to get the bolt back through. Support the wheel so it doesn't drop too far when you get it up on the stand. Use penetrating oil for tight fasteners.
  3. I am Carbon

    I am Carbon shade tree mechanic

    a shovel works well for the bar and fulcrum
    change one side at a time
  4. Brassneck

    Brassneck XS650 Guru

    Sometimes, the exhaust will limit the lower bolts removal, in which case jacking the wheel slightly (careful to just raise it enough but not so much that it comes off the center stand)...it's kind of tricky since the wheel will want to turn...but can be done. I use a 2x4.

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