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Front shock install help needed.

I am installing Yacugar shocks. The front spring strut bottom is too wide for the metal bracket that the bolt goes through. I am looking for suggestions to open it further. My thoughts is to take off the front tire so I can get a hammer to it
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Re: Front shock install help needed.

I think you be better served by grinding the eye of the shock to fit, don't want to go banging on the telelever bearings.

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Re: Front shock install help needed.

just finished replacing my front and rear shocks with the yacugars. My front shock was to wide also, I just did a little grinding on each side of the shock, then it slid right in.

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Re: Front shock install help needed.

I would call the manufacturer and tell them to send a shock that fit properly. They advertise as being "Precision machined from the best materials to guarantee that you will allways have a long life premium product" so I'd politely ask them to stand behind that promise.

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I am installing Yacugar shocks. The front spring strut bottom is too wide for the metal bracket that the bolt goes through. I am looking for suggestions to open it further. My thoughts is to take off the front tire so I can get a hammer to it

May I ask what made you decide to go with these shocks?

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After talking with Ted at Beemer Shop , I chose them over wilbers. They have a 5 yr warranty. They are easier to rebuild per Ted. Custom built for my riding style..

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I think you be better served by grinding the eye of the shock to fit, don't want to go banging on the telelever bearings.
I've had to do this on several different shocks. I think the shock width is more accurate than the control arm I.D..

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May I ask what made you decide to go with these shocks?

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One reason why I would choose the Yacugar shocks over the other brands is that they have a 16mm shaft vs the 14mm shaft that the other brands have. The shafts are over a 1/16" diameter larger & I would think that they will flex less than the 14mm shafts. On a heavy bike like the LT I would think less flex would extend the seal life of the shock. JMTCW

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Re: Front shock install help needed.

I just bit the bullet on new shocks. Went with Yacugar from The Beemer Shop. Ted Porter has been super about answering questions. Intended on going the Wilbers route but I, too, like the idea of larger shaft diameter. I've got 68K on mine and tinkered with the idea of replacing just the springs. I figured I may as well put that money toward a whole new setup and do it right, especially with that kind of mileage already on them. I'd be the one who went with new springs & all the trouble of the install and then blow a seal on the old shock on the first ride.

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Re: Front shock install help needed.

I replaced my front shock with a Works performance shock. It too did not seem to fit into the saddle. It seemed to wide to slip in. SO...I ground a bit off each side of the shock eyes, they were removable inserts, anyhow, it slide in after that. Once I got it fully installed, I noticed that it was too loose and that the shock can be pulled/pushed from side to side in the saddle. I know I did not take of very much material.

My thoughts are that aftermarket shocks will slide into the stock saddle if the angle is perfect. I wish I wiggled my shock from different angles before I used the grinder.

I am sending my OEM shocks out to EPM for install of HyperPro springs this week. I do not like the loose wiggly feeling of the current shock.

Just my 2 cents...
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