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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.

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Submitted by Visordown on Wed, 22/11/2017 - 16:51

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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