Shock removal

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Shock removal

Postby Angry Bird » Wed Jan 09, 2013 17:54 pm

Just got the new el guapo frame and the shock is mounted a stupid way up stopping the levers operating properly so needs flipping over so they're pointing down not up.

Before I start taking tools to the brand new frame just thought I'd check it is simple as letting the air out, removing the mounting bolt at the bottom of the shaft, removing the mount from the top of the can, flipping it over then bolting it back up.

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Re: Shock removal

Postby doncorleoni » Wed Jan 09, 2013 18:37 pm

Yup - I did just that on my Kona when I had it ....just cycle the shock through entire length of travel prior to pressurising it just to make sure nothing fouls on anything. You can run rear shocks piston down, piston up horizontal left / right - really does not matter. Can look a bit odd piston pointing up though if I am honest!

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Re: Shock removal

Postby The Rookie » Wed Jan 09, 2013 18:45 pm

Yes, just watch out for any spacers and washers so they go back the same way!

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Re: Shock removal

Postby cooldad » Wed Jan 09, 2013 18:47 pm

No need to let the air out.
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Re: Shock removal

Postby Angry Bird » Wed Jan 09, 2013 18:48 pm

Cool, so having undone the bottom mounting bolt at the end of the shaft there's absolutely no movement there... need any special tools to go any further?

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Re: Shock removal

Postby doncorleoni » Wed Jan 09, 2013 19:05 pm

No need to let air out but it helps if you cycle shock to make sure it does not foul during full travel. May look ok but when shock rotates (depending on design of linkage) the air can can hit the frame.

What is it you are trying to do? I assume you are wanting to flip the shock so you are swapping the mounting hardware over? The tops hats are usually press fitted into the shock ...you will need a vice or mole grips to grab, twist and pull the hats out. Have a look at this :

http://www.tftunedshox.com/info/mount_k ... hings.aspx

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Re: Shock removal

Postby The Northern Monkey » Wed Jan 09, 2013 19:10 pm

Angry Bird wrote:Cool, so having undone the bottom mounting bolt at the end of the shaft there's absolutely no movement there... need any special tools to go any further?


Have you removed the bolt?

Undo and remove the top and bottom shock bolts and remove. The shock should then slide out.

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Re: Shock removal

Postby Angry Bird » Wed Jan 09, 2013 19:20 pm

The Northern Monkey wrote:
Angry Bird wrote:Cool, so having undone the bottom mounting bolt at the end of the shaft there's absolutely no movement there... need any special tools to go any further?


Have you removed the bolt?

Undo and remove the top and bottom shock bolts and remove. The shock should then slide out.


Yep, the top slides out, bottom won't budge.

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Re: Shock removal

Postby The Northern Monkey » Wed Jan 09, 2013 19:24 pm

hmmmm.. Pics?

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Re: Shock removal

Postby Angry Bird » Wed Jan 09, 2013 19:27 pm

Yeah they'd be useful wouldn't they, I'm heading out now but I'll sort them in the morning. Cheers so far.

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Re: Shock removal

Postby Angry Bird » Thu Jan 10, 2013 00:00 am

OK so this is the issue, the blue dial gets caught on the frame

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So I'm wanting to turn it upside down so it rotates underneath and can't get caught.

Undone the bolt at the end of the shaft and removed it but the shock is not not budging, I imagine it's to do with them there black bits, but being useless with FS I'm clueless as to what to do/what I need, now I remember why I prefer HTs, they're so much easier :lol:

Anyway, the problem area, from top first, then from the bottom
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Re: Shock removal

Postby cooldad » Thu Jan 10, 2013 00:06 am

I am open to correction, but all I can suggest is pull harder.
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Re: Shock removal

Postby Angry Bird » Thu Jan 10, 2013 00:09 am

Hmm it's occured to me but I'm not sure how much force I want to try putting through it, don't fancy damaging it, I suspect it'd take a fair bit to do so. Thought it best to enquire before going in heavy handed.

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Re: Shock removal

Postby Angry Bird » Thu Jan 10, 2013 00:25 am

The other thing I'm slightly concerned about is getting it back in and aligned if it takes a considerable amount of force to get it out in the first place...

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Re: Shock removal

Postby bennett_346 » Thu Jan 10, 2013 00:30 am

Yeah just pull it harder, its just a tight fit. There should be washers between the frame and shock eyelet.

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Re: Shock removal

Postby Angry Bird » Thu Jan 10, 2013 00:32 am

bennett_346 wrote:Yeah just pull it harder, its just a tight fit. There should be washers between the frame and shock eyelet.


Cool, will get all Popeye on it in the morning then can't be farked right now, it's most definitely bed time.

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Re: Shock removal

Postby Deputy Dawg » Thu Jan 10, 2013 02:08 am

Can you not just rotate the can while leaving the piston in situ?
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Re: Shock removal

Postby mrmonkfinger » Thu Jan 10, 2013 07:39 am

It sounds like it just needs a bit more "persuading" to pop out.

Deputy Dawg wrote:Can you not just rotate the can while leaving the piston in situ?


or, this ^

you will need to let the air out first

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Re: Shock removal

Postby The Rookie » Thu Jan 10, 2013 08:43 am

Loosen the bolts holding one rocker on to reduce the clamping on the shock that end - depending on design this can help - or not!

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Re: Shock removal

Postby EH_Rob » Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:01 am

Yep you just need to properly yank it I would have thought - as already said it should be a snug fit. If you can break it by pulling it then kudos, you're hard.


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