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Offline Dieselboy

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Touratech Rear Shock Install
« on: June 13, 2019, 04:44:23 AM »
Let’s change a rear shock.  :047:


Touratech for the VFR1200X.



Lift the tank….if you don’t have friends, use ratchet straps  :001:
Support the rear just because.
Tie center stand to front tire.



Remove the muffler: loosen the exhaust band, remove hanger bolt, rotate and pull.





Raise the rear tire.  I used a 2x4 to release pressure on the link plates.



Unbolt the preload adjuster.



Remove shock linkage plates. Top bolt is smaller (36nm). Bottom two are (64nm).




…and lest you think you may cheat and not dismount the muffler…It blocks the shift linkage and prevents the shock from dropping.



Unbolt top support bolt.



Remove shock.



Transfer top bracket. (42nm)



Reverse the order and install:
Top  bolt. (42nm)
Linkage plates. (36nm and 64nm)
Preload adjuster (10nm) with new hardware bracket.



Reinstall muffler.
Reinstall tank.
Reinstall panels.
Reinstall seat.
Test ride.

Easy  :007:
« Last Edit: June 13, 2019, 04:48:44 AM by Dieselboy »

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Re: Touratech Rear Shock Install
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2019, 11:28:01 AM »
Thanks for sharing. Give us an update on the ride now.

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Re: Touratech Rear Shock Install
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2019, 11:56:30 AM »
Yes, and please share a rough idea of how much total people and cargo weight the bike is carrying and your road surface / riding use (tarmac, trails, maintained dirt roads, etc).

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Re: Touratech Rear Shock Install
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2019, 01:28:48 PM »
*Originally Posted by Maritimer [+]
Thanks for sharing. Give us an update on the ride now.

Will do.  Am changing tires today and plan to ride soon!




*Originally Posted by Friday [+]
Yes, and please share a rough idea of how much total people and cargo weight the bike is carrying and your road surface / riding use (tarmac, trails, maintained dirt roads, etc).

My estimate to TT was suited rider=245 pounds gear=60 pounds.  90% street 10% fire roads 1% with passenger.  The spring is listed as 170-180Nm on the paperwork.

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Re: Touratech Rear Shock Install
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2019, 06:01:45 PM »
I need to correct two typos:

I incorrectly  list the torque for the lower shock mount as 36nm.  It should be 44nm as pictured in the torque table seen on my iPad.

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Re: Touratech Rear Shock Install
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2019, 10:24:18 PM »
Here’s hoping your work pays off!   :062:

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Re: Touratech Rear Shock Install
« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2019, 04:30:40 AM »
What a beautiful box of parts to show up!!  That should make a night and day difference, especially if the rear spring rate is correct, unlike the stocker.  Be great to here how she rides and what you are going to do about the front end.

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Re: Touratech Rear Shock Install
« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2019, 07:01:22 PM »
*Originally Posted by Friday [+]
Here’s hoping your work pays off!   :062:

Well, I centerlined the hydraulic preload adjuster and measured sag.  I'm in the zone!  :046:  I wish I'd done the same for the OEM shock to get a measurable difference.  :211:


*Originally Posted by 5 speed [+]
What a beautiful box of parts to show up!!  That should make a night and day difference, especially if the rear spring rate is correct, unlike the stocker...
 

 :0461:

*Originally Posted by 5 speed [+]
...Be great to here how she rides and what you are going to do about the front end.


I am riding in to the shop next week and having Traxxion cartridges loaded into the front. 


I do not typically let others mess with my machine however I'm outbound for the western US immediately.  I suppose it's poor planning in the end, but they will get done.





Ride to follow shortly!  :029:

 


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