How to... replace twin rear shocks

It's easier than you may think to give your motorcycle a suspension upgrade or just swap old shocks for new.

How to... replace twin rear shocks

WHETHER your old shocks have given up the ghost and failed an MOT, or you want to upgrade to something more fancy, swapping out the shocks on a twin-shock bike is a fairly easy job. Here's how to do it in five easy steps…

1: Preparation

You'll need to get the bike's weight off the rear end, so the shocks are totally uncompressed before you remove them. If you have a centre-stand, you're laughing: get the bike up on there and you're ready to start.

If you don't have a centre stand, you'll need to get the bike lifted up some other way. Use a trolley jack with a piece of wood to take the weight off, hoist it up with a block and tackle from the roof of your garage, or get hold of an Abba stand or similar, which lifts the bike at the swingarm pivot.



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