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post #1 of 6 Old 03-10-2012, 02:08 PM Thread Starter
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Can anyone tell me if the rear shock on an 09 needs to be disassembled to remove the spring? To me it looks like u compress the spring and remove the locking collar....my local bike shop disagrees.
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post #2 of 6 Old 03-10-2012, 10:06 PM Thread Starter
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No you don't........
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post #3 of 6 Old 03-11-2012, 09:29 AM
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Did a little write up when I swapped out my shock spring. Don't know if this helps your situation or t=10819http://www.klrforum.com/showthread.php?t=10819


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post #4 of 6 Old 03-11-2012, 11:07 AM Thread Starter
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I did read your write up before I started, that's why I was so confused when they told me they had to disassemble the shock to get the spring off. This is a major sales/repair store in a city of about 100,000 people and they obviously don't know what the heck they're talking about. I even sent the service manager back to talk to the technician again because I couldn't believe what they were telling me. He came back and said he talked to a second technician and was told the same thing. Ok, thanks, whatever......... I went home and put it in a hydraulic press with a piece of pipe just big enough to fit over the locking collar but not big enough to fit over the spring. Probably wasn't the safest way to complete the task, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. BTW, I bought a spring from Top Gun as well. Very helpful over the phone, and super fast shipping. $100 to my door, I thought that was fair. Overall the spring changeout was fairly simple, and would have only taken roughly an hour since I had the back wheel off anyway had I just tried changing it out myself in the first place. Lesson learned......BTW, great write up!!

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post #5 of 6 Old 03-11-2012, 03:34 PM
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I learned same thing in similar way. Am learning that personal experience may not just be the best teacher-but perhaps the only teacher. Makes you wonder about the service manager and entire department...not sure I would trust them to "service" ANYTHING.

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post #6 of 6 Old 03-11-2012, 03:46 PM
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I know the hassle of service department stuff. They had to make it sound more complicated to make it seem like something you wouldn't be able to do on your own. Or intimidate you in some way to make you bring it to them. Service departments are in the business of making money. Charge you an hour. It takes them 5 mins. Almost complete profit. Nature of the business. It might take a but longer to do it yourself but you learn that way. And a good service manual is a good idea too. Glad the write up could help you out.


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