Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Charleston, SC, USA
Wish I had know your were in SC. I live in Charleston, SC.
The rear is easy...
The front has one BIG trick- When you get the shock bolts loose, it will NOT come out!!!! I fought mine for at least a day. Finally called Klause [Wilbers].
The secret- once the shock is loose, lower it as low as possible in the A frame. Then, with your small hand, reach up into the shock tower and remove the rubber donut and washer on the top shock bolt. Then, you move the shock all the way back up into the tower. With the donut out, the shock will go up enough to allow the lower end of the shock to clear the A frame and come out.
To install new one, just reverse. Put the shock up into the tower with out the donut and washer. Once at max height, the bottom of the shock should be able to be moved into the A frame area. Once this is done, lower the shock as far as possible and again with your small hand and fingers- put the donut and washer onto the top. Then move the shock up into the tower and put the top nut back on. Then attach the lower end.
We did 3 in one day at Jeff's Strip Joint in Myrtle Beach. With a little Blue Grass music and Jeff's cigar, it's amazing what you can get done.!!
-2007 GS Adventure. White