I`m thinking about buying progressive shock springs for the front and the rear and was wondering if anyone had info on the change and how hard it is to do. Thanks Lynn
Did both at separate times. Front fork spring replacements is a snap once you get the top shelter off to expose the fork caps. Rear shock is another story. Did it last night and took me all night due to all the parts that have to be removed (especially removing the tank which aint easy on airbag models) to get to the shock. I didnt have the spring compressor tool and wish I had gotten it. Do yourself a favor and get it. I used the ratchet strap and lift method I learned about on this site. It works but requires you to completely remove the shock and preloader to accomplish it. If I had the tool, I would have been able to mount the shock in the top bracket and do the spring replacement there. Without it, I had to loosen the sidebag and remove the preloader to get the combined preloader/shock onto my lift and strap it down to compress the spring enough to release the compression ring. Short story, get the tool.
I posted this same question a month or so ago.. and the answer is YES. I made my own shock spring compressor tool from pictures of the Progressive tool and it works great. Easy to make too.. if you can weld a bit.Can you change the rear spring in the bike leaving bottom connected?