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Old 03-06-2011, 09:18 PM
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Can someone giva a step by step on how to replace shocks on an 08 wide glide? thanks
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Old 03-06-2011, 09:43 PM
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Support your bike on either a center stand/lift or 4x4s. You'll need to get the bike off the ground enough so the rear tire is not touching.

Support the rear tire with a shim of some sort (a 2x4 will work).

Unbolt top and bottom of shocks. They won't just come flying off. Remove shocks. You may need to raise or lower the rear tire by hand to get them off.

Your swing arm will now move freely, so be careful.

Put new shocks on. You'll need to move the tire up or down to align the swing arm mounting points with the shock eyes.

Bolt down both top and bottom. Remove shim from under rear tire. Lower bike. Make sure nothing is scraping, binding, etc.

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Old 03-06-2011, 09:52 PM
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Simple job, just raise the bike with a lift just enough to take the load off the shocks(rear tire will barely be touching the ground). If your doing the same length shocks then do one at a time...off with the old on with the new. But if your going to a shorter shock you can take both off at the same time, then lower the jack just enough to be able to get the shorter ones back on.
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Old 03-06-2011, 10:23 PM
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Thanks guy's. got it.
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make sureyou use the correct locktite and the specs for the torque, don't want anything to happen on the back end. Very easy mod to do.
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Old 03-06-2011, 10:24 PM
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i take it your shocks got there!
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Is the top a bolt, requiring a back up wrench, or is it a stud that doesn't require a backup?

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Support your bike on either a center stand/lift or 4x4s. You'll need to get the bike off the ground enough so the rear tire is not touching.

Support the rear tire with a shim of some sort (a 2x4 will work).

Unbolt top and bottom of shocks. They won't just come flying off. Remove shocks. You may need to raise or lower the rear tire by hand to get them off.

Your swing arm will now move freely, so be careful.

Put new shocks on. You'll need to move the tire up or down to align the swing arm mounting points with the shock eyes.

Bolt down both top and bottom. Remove shim from under rear tire. Lower bike. Make sure nothing is scraping, binding, etc.
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Struts are threaded, you can just go after the nut/bolt on the outside.
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Old 03-06-2011, 11:09 PM
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no, shocks not here yet I live on the very top of Maine I'm sure a few day's from now, can't wait.
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Old 03-06-2011, 11:27 PM
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Not trying to hyjack thread...what if shocks are longer? Putting 13s on a SG. Thanks
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