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PostPosted: April 18th, 2017, 12:59 pm 
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Hi All,

Please see below some pictures and instructions for removing the rear spring on a 2000 XL650V Transalp.


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PostPosted: April 18th, 2017, 2:41 pm 
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I spoke to the head mechanic at the local Honda dealership some time back about possible replacements for the rear shock on my '03 650. His reply was tha the standard Transalp rear shock is fully rebuildable.
Firstly, don't put air into the shock, I was told when buying mine new that it is nitrogen filled. Secondly, unless you have the right tools be very careful dismantling the shock. I'd guess there is still some tension on the spring, and to hold the shaft while unscrewing the bottom mount thingy will require clamping it without damaging it.
Try contacting a few suspension repair /rebuild shops in your area (the UK is world renowned for companies that build race bikes and cars and suspension is a major part of that) and getting quotes to rebuild and respring your shock for your weight and gear you regularly carry. You could get a quote for the front at the same time, though that is much easier to work on in a shed than the rear and if you can get them apart, a suspension shop should be able to supply the appropriate springs and other bits and suggest correct oil weight for your use. Weigh yourself with (or in) full riding clobber to get an accurate weight.
I hope this helps.

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PostPosted: April 18th, 2017, 11:51 pm 
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Thanks Jack.
I had not considered the oil aspect.
I'll make a few call today and see what comes up.
There is no tension in the spring, so there is no risk of injury. I am pretty handy with a spanner, though I know when to hold me and when to fold em.
The front is on the list, though once I have had my swing arm powder coated and my front and back wheels rebuilt (new gold rims and SS spokes), I will move on to the front forks.
In the winter I am doing a full strip down so I can powder coat the frame and get the engine painted gunmetal grey.
I've ordered some braided hoses off eBay while I am at it!

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PostPosted: April 20th, 2017, 3:01 am 
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Some pictures showing how to remove the spring from the shock (2000 RD10):

N.B. I have put a short M8 bolt in the top of the shock to hold the bearings and metal lugs in place. A caple tie would also do the job.

1. Wind the 2 castle nuts all the way up so the spring is relaxed - alse use a screw driver and move the rubber stop from the bottom of the spring without scratching the shaft
2. Put spring compression clamps either side (2 x) to further compress the spring (you need to do this to get the 24mm spanner on the nut)
3. Identify the nut below the C bracket
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4. Put the C bracket (where the shock bolts on to the swingarm) in a vice
5. Apply the 24mm spanner to the nut and turn anti clockwise (standard)
6. Remove the spring
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When putting the shock back together, don't forget to use locktight on the thread between the 24mm nut and the C bracket

Spring is ~21cm uncompressed
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Regards,
Ian

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1997 Mitsubishi Shogun 3.0 V6, 2013 911 C2S (991.1)
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PostPosted: April 20th, 2017, 9:59 am 
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Hyperpro progressive spring ordered.

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PostPosted: April 21st, 2017, 10:52 am 
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Will you be sending the shock out for revalving / overhaul?

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PostPosted: April 21st, 2017, 11:05 am 
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I am going to do it my self I think. Depends I find I can get a kit.
I'll deffo overhaul the front forks myself.
It's a quite straight forward job if you accept its fiddly! I'll up the nitrogen 180psi to 200psi when I'm done. I'm 50/50 at the moment, as an expert will always do a better job providing the actually replace all the seals.

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PostPosted: May 27th, 2017, 9:34 pm 
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It's taken a while in between other things.

Rear Showa shock now rebuilt with a cleaned up body, new Hyperpro progressive spring, new oil, 195lbs pressure of nitrogen (factory 180lbs).

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PostPosted: June 3rd, 2017, 4:09 am 
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Did you send it out or do it yourself? It looks great by the way. Now I'll habe to do something about mine.

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