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    Christmas shocker...

    Ok, that's click bait. Christmas shock is more accurate. Mrs pR (with some help from a certain someone at AF1) rounded up an Ohlins shock, so I'll be doing this in the next couple of months.

    If I discover something new/unusual, I'll update Fixer's original thread.
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    That's nice, pR! Did you round up a remote adjuster version?

    Mine has a lot of miles of use, so renewing the rear suspension has been on the radar. Trouble is she's my daily ride, so downtime is a big problem.

    Bob

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    No remote. Going to need to "adjust" the battery tray I guess.
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    With or without remote makes no difference for the battery tray.
    2001 RST Futura in stream Silver.
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    Having the downtime isn't an issue here Bob. This was the deck a few days ago...

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    Hehe, been offline a few days. That's one nice snowcake there, big flakes, little wind. Brrrr.

    One winter, as a kid, I disassembled my CB350 ('68 model) down to the last nut and bolt. Had it spread across the basement floor in exploded view. Then called my dad down to relish the spectacle. See how engineering minds work?

    Been riding every day, mornings it's in the low 30s, but as long as there's no ice, it's all good.

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    Got the Ohlins installed yesterday. I'll post some pics and notes tomorrow. Is the stock shock worth anything to anyone?
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    OOH, tasty. Might be interested in that, could have one to rebuild while the bike remains rideable...

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    PM sent Bob

    As I mentioned in the first post, I used Fixer's thread (linked again here) as the guide for this, and I really don't have much to add, as his thread is pretty complete. He mentioned that he had heard it was possible to take the shock out from the bottom, but I couldn't see a way to make that happen, even after putting the centerstand on a piece of 2x4. There's just not much room down there. Notice I "sharpie'd" a few things prior to removal as I wasn't positive that some of the parts were symmetrical.

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    That left me with pulling the shock from the top, which necessitates lifting the sub-frame, and that requires lifting the tank.
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    Lifting the tank obviously exposes all those potentially problematic fuel and vacuum system areas, but all the hoses, and tank plate looked good.
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    I keep a couple of small organizers handy, as well as 3x5 cards to write descriptions on. This makes keeping track of where nuts/bolts/small bits came from, and helps alleviate having leftover parts after re-assembly.

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    More parts marking after cleaning...

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    The linkage connection bearings looked to be in good shape (the bike only has about 12k miles), but I greased them prior to re-install. The ziplock bag is covering the exhaust pipes left open from lifting the sub-frame.

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    The Ohlins top mounting point is narrower than the stocker, and after dry fit, it clearly needed some shims.

    I ended up cutting away some of the battery tray for clearance, and fab'd a piece of aluminum for the hole it leaves. Check Fixer's thread for details.

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    All finished. Hopefully it warms up enough today for a test ride.

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    Took it out today for a proper curve test........ wow, it's substantially more planted now. Great feel without the least bit of wiggling around.

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    Glad to see you made it work! Looks killer!
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