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post #1 of 5 Old 11-05-2011, 01:34 AM Thread Starter
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HELP please - rear shock install

Okay, I will admit I am new to this "working on the bike" thing, but I am trying to do things myself and learn along the way.

I am installing my new Elka shock (a piece of art, I cannot stop looking at it).

Anyway, I removed the top shock bolt and the lower link bolt as per the instruction (and the lower one was a nightmare to get out).

Then, the back dropped (I should have known, but I did not, so call me stupid). Now the rear wheel is sitting against the wheel arch. How do I lift the damn thing up again. I have the bike on a paddock stand, and I thought I could use a jack (e.g. under the exhaust for instance), but all I am doing if lifting the whole bike.

Please help a newby and be gentle.
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post #2 of 5 Old 11-05-2011, 04:28 AM
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I am installing my new Elka shock (a piece of art, I cannot stop looking at
Excellent choice. You will be very pleased. I am, more than I ever could have imagined. And you are correct on the art comment.

I changed mine on the center stand and don't recall any particular installation problems. The swing arm came down, and I hand/foot lifted it back into place. With the swing arm stand, the bike must be sitting down on the rear. Jacking should work if you lift in front of the swing arm pivot - protecting the delicate bits as appropriate.

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Solution

In Afrikaans we have a saying " 'n boer maak 'n plan" which translated directly means "a farmer makes a plan"..... and that's what I did.

Ended up straddling a large step ladder across the bike, looped a ratchet tie strap around the bracket where the seat lock is located, and lifted that sucker until it was all aligned.

It has been a VERY frustrating day, firstly because I did not have the correct tools, and secondly the bolts were insanely tight, ended up snapping one ratchet. Good thing is I am now the proud new owner of a 1/2" drive set.

Only thing left to do if sort out the pre-load adjuster bracket, because somehow I managed to strip the thread. I like the Elka, but that bracket is a stupid design.

Cannot wait to go for a ride.
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post #4 of 5 Old 11-05-2011, 08:27 AM
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Ended up straddling a large step ladder across the bike, looped a ratchet tie strap around the bracket where the seat lock is located, and lifted that sucker until it was all aligned.
Great solution in the moment! Well done!

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It is a little late for this, but: https://www.stromtrooper.com/maintena...our-lover.html

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