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Rear Shock Installation

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I recently bought a set of shocks from Works Performance for my 2008 RT. If you're not familiar with them, they will take your old ESA shocks and install the ESA stuff on new and rebuildable shocks.

All is fine and good with installing the front. However, I'm having problems installing the rear. The bottom mounting of the shock does not square up with the swing arm mounting. I figure I can rotate the lower end to align it, but what is the best method? would a crescent wrench across the flats do it or should I try a drift punch through the mounting hole while its on the bike? Or should I take it off the bike and line it that way. I'm not sure how much effort it should take to rotate it into alignment. Any thoughts or ideas would be greatly appreciated.
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Only just got my 1200, but if it is anything like my old 1100RT, when I changed the rear shock, I placed a car jack under the swing arm and used a tiny bit of pressure to help align everything
I am still at work. Later today, after a kip, I will have a look. But there must be quite a few people on this forum who have removed the 1200's shock
Hijacked from another forum, and it is for the hexhead, but check Limecreek's article, especially Part 1, posted on 01/08/12:

This is a very detailed explanation, with good photos

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