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Old 02-25-2013, 12:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 83 vt500. I want to paint the rear shocks and springs. How do I take them apart? Will it be under load when it comes apart and if so, do I need a tool or something to compress?



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You would need a tool to compress the springs. Other than that, I'm not sure you can take the apart without some presses or specialized machinery.
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Do they unscrew or off the shaft part or the base? I have looked at the parts picture, but I am having trouble understanding the actual method.

I have a Polaris RZR and it was pretty straight forward. Unscrew the retaining rings and slide off, but they are adjustable, and these look like they are not.


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Disassembly/reassembly of the shock/spring unit is tricky, requires a special spring compressor and DANGEROUS.
Removing the intact assembly from the swingarm/frame is just a matter of removing the mounting bolts at the top and bottom.
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Looks like I will be getting the spring compressor.

From what I have found, the shaft on the shock is threaded. Once springs are compressed, you unthread the top spring retainer/mounting eye and then you can remove springs.


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About the same as struts on a car. Will need some way to compress spring. BE CAREFUL!! This is not a job to try with out proper tools. Maybe take to a shop and let tech take them apart for you.
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Old 02-26-2013, 11:21 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Default How do I Take apart rear shocks ?

I ordered some spring compressors for motorcycles from eBay. $17 for a pair.

I did some YouTube research. Probably best for how not to do it. One video had a large person sit on the bike and zip ties were used to keep springs compressed. Then vice grips were used to compress further. That is when I decided to order the correct tool.

Thanks for the tips.


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