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man, so for the life of me i can not get these F'n shocks apart! never done it, can not find anytihng on it... anyone haev any tips/tricks? i have a spring compressor... and here are the shocks (radian shocks and virago 250 shocks) i need to powder the shocks on them, but can not get em apart... here is what i got...
i just do not know how to do it or where to hook what.. i have done the springs many times, just always get them sent to me taken apart!

 

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IF they're like Honda shocks, then there are a couple of "keepers" at the top of the spring, similar to valve spring keepers.
If you compress the spring a bit, you should be able to remove the keepers (on Hondas at least).
 

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Its very doubtful you will be able to use automotive shock spring compressor, its just too big.
The ones I've seen use a circular hole which fits top spring collar but leaves enough room to remove colletts, couple of threaded rods and a cross piece through the lower mount. ( its more difficult to describe than I thought it would be)
These look pretty simple to make
http://www.alssnowmobile.com/PRODUCT.AS ... eptid=1001
http://www.bikebandit.com/product/1946
http://www.jcwhitney.com/PROGRESSIVE-SU ... _10111.jcw
PJ
 

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Personally, I just use a couple of flat-nose wood working clamps.
Wit a bit of care, it works fine.
It's tough to get anything into the "tight" end of the progessive winds.
 

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I took my cb350 shocks apart a little while ago and all i used was some elbow grease and some big zip ties. I just ran them through the springs in three spots closed them up and then took turns compressing the shock as I tightened the zip tie. As I got it down enough I gave it one big push and pulled the locking caps out.

I put them back together the same way. I don't have a vise but if I did you could do it in like 2 minutes.
 
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