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post #1 of 34 Old 09-21-2012, 05:01 PM Thread Starter
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Shock Swap.

Cabrito, being the fine upstanding gentleman that he is, used his day off to come over to my neck of the woods and help me swap out my busted stock shock for a Progressive shock donated many moons ago by Masterlink (another fine gentleman).

So, Michael and I did the shock. It was pretty dang easy even by my standards (I ain't real wrenchy). It was so easy we decided to do it 1 1/2 times.

Then we got hydrated (it was warm and we were sweating) and hung out with the Lockjaw ladies for a little while and Michael will be home for dinner. I tried to keep him, but traffic is a bitch, so I'm glad he got out of here before 3.

Thanks Cabrito for the help and time. Thanks Masterlink for the shock. The bike is back in action. I'm about to go ride it to pick up my jacket from the place that sewed a new patch on for me. Here's me and the little goat at work. I'm the good looking one in the hat.

Thanks guys. Cabrito, Karen wants your ride. Badly. (Parked by the bike.)






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post #2 of 34 Old 09-21-2012, 06:28 PM
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You're welcome Dan. It sure is easy with two people.

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post #3 of 34 Old 09-21-2012, 09:25 PM Thread Starter
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Alright. Having a stiffer rear shock makes a TON of difference. You were right. You know who you are.




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Now what to do about the front end........




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Good to hear you guys got it fixed! Were you still able to ride it with the bad shock or was it pretty much out of action? BTW, that is one sweet looking truck!

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post #6 of 34 Old 09-22-2012, 12:14 AM Thread Starter
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Nope, it was unrideable. Bottomed out. My daughter had fun bouncing up and down on it. Glad to have it back in commission. A good ride might be in order tomm....




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Glad you have your bike back in order. I have to ask, what is that yellow stand the bike is strapped to? Obviously to hold it up while the rear is apart but I cant see how it works.
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Glad you have your bike back in order. I have to ask, what is that yellow stand the bike is strapped to? Obviously to hold it up while the rear is apart but I cant see how it works.
The stand is a Cheapo Motorcycle Jack / ATV Lift from Harbor Freight Tools



http://www.harborfreight.com/automot...lift-2792.html


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Glad you could use it!!

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post #10 of 34 Old 09-22-2012, 11:39 AM
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Excellent!! It's scary how much difference an aftermarket shock can make!! I put my MOAB shock on 3 years ago and it's still running strong.. And it's so much better than stock in ride and doing what it's supposed to do, absorb shocks!!

Front end?? Cheap (we're KLR riders) way is $80 for Progressive springs, increase your preload a bit (longer pvc spacer or cut one that's already in the bike in half) and bump oil up in viscosity a bit.. I'm running stock volume of ATF type F, which is 7.5 weight oil. I found 5 too light, and 10 too heavy.. ATF was JUST RIGHT...
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