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post #1 of 4 Old 09-19-2016, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
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rear shock uninstall/install - bike on kickstand


So the rear shock on my KLR 650 decided to leak out all it's oil, etc. Probably because the previous owner didn't ride it for at least 2 years (and probably not much use before that either).
Also, I'm a big boy and was probably killing it.

So, I'm going to send the shock out to Top Gun Motorcycles for a 8kg spring and rebuild.

Here's my question:
I'm hiring a mobile mechanic to come out to remove the shock, and reinstall it when it's returned. Can the bike stay up on the kickstand during that time while the shock is out for repair (probably a week or so)?

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post #2 of 4 Old 09-19-2016, 06:36 PM
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You'd have to provide some support between the swing arm and the subframe. Wouldn't take much. A hunk of 4x4 or similar between the top of the rear tire and the inner fender would do it.

It's the spring around the shock that holds the bike up. Take the shock out, the bike collapses.


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post #3 of 4 Old 09-22-2016, 08:24 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the info
Had the mechanic out yesterday and did exactly as you said.
Used a block of wood between the tire and frame to prop up the bike

Now to send off the shock for a heavier spring and rebuild.
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post #4 of 4 Old 09-22-2016, 11:41 AM
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I think I emptied the fuel tank, and laid the kLR on its side to change the shock.

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