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post #1 of 5 Old Mar 31st, 2006, 3:21 pm Thread Starter
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Need instructions for front strut removal and install.

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post #2 of 5 Old Mar 31st, 2006, 5:03 pm
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Originally Posted by bmwbasalt
Need instructions for front strut removal and install.

Barron , the removal of the Telelever is alot of work . There are some special tools required. What problem do you suspect?
Try a search ,Mark Neblett posted pictures a while back.Basically after removal of tupperware, fuel tank, air box, Throttle bodies you are about ready.
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post #3 of 5 Old Mar 31st, 2006, 10:13 pm
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Hey Barron, here goes>remove the following: both side fairing panels, radio stingray, grey plastic upper cover(where your ignition key goes), loosen/remove upper shock bolt and upper rubber shock bushing, black/back portion of the front fender, loosen/remove lower shock bolt. After doing this you should be able to remove the shock by pulling it downward and out. Reassemble in reverse. It is not necessary to loosen/remove the steering dampner in order to remove/replace the front shock. Hope this heps a lettle...

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post #4 of 5 Old Apr 3rd, 2006, 5:42 pm
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Removing front strut

Acutally Bruce is just about right. You don't have to remove any of the telelever front parts to get the strut out. I learned how to do this with Grif over the phone as I was pulling my Ohlins off for a rebuild.

1. Remove the tupperware, radio stingray, the grey shield at the ignition switch.

2. Remove the right rear passenger foot peg plate.

3. Remove the tupperware above the foot peg plate.

4. Remove the rear shock. If you're not replacing the rear shock, remove the top bolt from the rear shock. BECAREFUL not let the black bolt and washer fall down inside the bike. BTDT

5. Remove the upper strut bolt. Nice if you have an air wrench for this.

6. At this point you might want to use a bottle jack and find a point around the front of the motor and start to take some weight off the front wheel.

7. Remove the lower struct bolt.

8. Jack up the bike until you can reach up inside the strut are and remove the bushing on the strut. You may have to move the lower end of the strut toward the rear of the bike and move the top of the strut towards the front of the bike to get it off. At least that's how it worked for me.

9. To reinstall, reverse steps listed above.

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post #5 of 5 Old Apr 3rd, 2006, 9:01 pm
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Shock removal

Just installed my front/rear Ohlins this past weekend. Rear was much easier. One thing to remember for the front; when you remove the nut on top of the shock, take an allen wrench and hold the stem from turning as you remove the nut. Also, when you remove the shock you will need to push down on the forks; then when replacing the shock I had to take a 2x4 and hit the bottom of the shock as you are again pushing down on the forks. Had a buddy help me out.

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