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Old 11-04-2004, 02:57 AM
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I just finished rebuilding my shock (what that means is replacing the oil) and for those of you wanting to do it... Do it. I also got to recharge the nitrogen, which when I released it, it didn't seem like their was much in their.

My shock felt a little on the dead side so it was time, and my clickers were about 4 clicks harder then originally, so I should be able to set them back to what I used to have and go from there.

It was a very intimidating task for me for some reason. I guess I just didn't want to mess up anything, but all in all it was a pretty easy job.

Couple of tips though. Make sure you have a way to pump up the bladder besides a conventional hand pump (which is what I had ). I had a heck of a time getting air in the bladder and having an air compressor with a tilted head would have made that job OHHH SO MUCH EASIER!.

Measure your springs installed length before you begin (that way you can set it back to the same when you re-assemble). Your sag should be a lot closer that way. But remember to still check sag when you are done.

Write down all clicker settings so you can reset to that setting when you are done. Although, I'm sure they will need adjusting since the oil is fresh now.

Sorry I didn't take pics as I did it alone and it was the middle of the night so talking the boss into taking pics was out of the question.

After assembly I was soo excited. I couldn't believe how stressed I was. Now that I've done it though, I would be better prepared and would probably only take an hour or so.

I'll be riding it this weekend, so ride report to follow.

Oh and whoever said doing the shock is easier then the forks is smoking crack. At least that's my opinion.

Tomorrow on the list is new seals and oil in the forks. I bought me a seal driver a while ago, so I'm pretty excited to finally get to use it.

I'm not going to know what to do with fresh suspension and a fully lubed chasis. Just hope the valves hold out
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Old 11-04-2004, 10:13 AM
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hey!! The shock is easier if you have the right tools and a little experience. After you do it several times you'll change your mind.
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Old 11-04-2004, 11:23 AM
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Good write up woody, that is one thing I have never done before.
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Old 11-04-2004, 11:33 AM
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I'm in the process of doing the same thing on my xr. I finished my forks over the weekend. I cleaned them, messed with the compression valve stack and replaced the oil. I am hoping to tear into the shock today. I have pictures and also plan to do a write up on everything. I made a couple homemade tools for the forks.
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Old 11-04-2004, 03:31 PM
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hey!! The shock is easier if you have the right tools and a little experience. After you do it several times you'll change your mind.
LOL, well, I would say I was lacking "both" those items

For future reference, besides a better way of using air, what other tools are their? I'm not aware of any, but I'll invest in them so it makes my life easier down the road.
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Old 11-04-2004, 04:12 PM
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there isnt really any special tools that you need. most of it can be found lying around the tool store. what did you put in your bladder. i usually use nitrogen out of a compressed tank. and when you let it out there really isnt that much in the bladder. and when you hit that valve it only takes a second for it to be all gone. hopefully every thing is working for you. good job on the oil change make a difference with new oil.
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Here's a link to a good shock rebuilding article.
http://www.off-road.com/dirtbike/mar...b101shock.html
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Old 11-04-2004, 05:19 PM
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I'm not on crack!!! Haha...I do think that rebuilding my shock is easier than rebuilding my forks...but that could just be my bike...who knows...Glad it went well though!
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Old 11-05-2004, 05:11 AM
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I just finished my forks tonight, and I'd say it's about the same actually. I would guess the next time I do the shock it will be easier. I was just pretty scared to do it.

So I recall my statement that said the shock is harder. I've done the forks now 3 times and it's not tough either, but it's a little more tricky then the rear.
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Old 11-10-2004, 08:24 PM
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hey!! The shock is easier if you have the right tools and a little experience. After you do it several times you'll change your mind.

I've said that too in the past... cause its true!
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Old 11-10-2004, 08:28 PM
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Good write up woody, that is one thing I have never done before.

Neither have I .........
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Old 11-10-2004, 08:32 PM
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Do it. Both ends are not bad at all. Fresh oil sure makes the valving work better again.
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Old 11-10-2004, 08:42 PM
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I have done the forks several times but never the shock.....I am skeerd
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Old 11-10-2004, 08:45 PM
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LOL, I was too.
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Old 11-10-2004, 08:50 PM
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Vintage Dave & I do it all the time, Ive been doing the Twin ohlins on my Maico for years!

I stll have a nitrogen tank & a special gauge that I bought in 1981.

I'll post a pic of the guage as soon as I can barrow a digital camera.

Dave is better at it than I am, I just change oil.

Dave does a complete rebuild including changing out seals & playing with the valving.
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Old 11-10-2004, 09:55 PM
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there isnt really any special tools that you need. most of it can be found lying around the tool store.
If Shocknut says there's some out there that'll make it easier than I would probably go that route. You may be able to get by with what in the normal garage but I'd prefer Shocknut's trailer myself.



PS congrats on the rebuilt shock Woody
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Old 11-10-2004, 10:00 PM
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Thanks,

And it did make a difference. I've had to re-click all my clickers, since the old settings aren't correct any more. But it's been fun. I enjoy dialing stuff in.
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Hey woody did youi have toreplace the seal?? I just wanted to know when you did the shock rebuild. Also did you have a hard time bleeding the air out?
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Old 02-08-2005, 11:40 PM
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No I didn't have to replace the shock seal. Bleeding the air was actually pretty easy. I had instructions, and I just followed them and they worked. Not too bad of a job.
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Old 02-09-2005, 01:14 AM
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I enjoy dialing stuff in.
That is an understatement...
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