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Old 12-16-2012, 06:06 AM   #3
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Location: S. Central PA
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Viz - Definitely a challenging event on my '07 GSA as well, and installing/removing my Elka front shock adds to the adventure as the top stud is even a couple of millimeters longer than on the stock shock.

I didn't have to resort to using a spring compressor, fiddle with the fork legs or loosen any lines, but I did pull the alternator cover and the upper horizontal crash bar for all possible clearance. As IJM mentioned, ensuring that the forks are fully extended (A-arm as low as possible) with the bike on the centerstand and a floor jack under the engine so the rear tire is touching the ground, with someone steadying the bike I'm able to wrestle (no other word for it) the shock body downward enough to get the stud clear of the hole and then the shock will come free of the bike. Of course, going back in is almost as fun....

Good luck!
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