Tank removal necessary for PX rear shock change ?
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Sat May 11, 2019 4:16 am quote
I know, sounds like whining, but tank removal is one of those jobs I am really sick of doing on my PX150.
Can you just use 2 wrenches and remove/replace the shock from its spacer above ?

Anyone tried that yet?


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Sat May 11, 2019 5:37 am quote
Can't you access the nut from the inside of the frame just by pulling the tank up a bit (without taking it all the way out)?
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Sat May 11, 2019 5:50 am quote
yackee wrote:
Can't you access the nut from the inside of the frame just by pulling the tank up a bit (without taking it all the way out)?
I doubt it. The last time I changed the shock, the top shock nut inside the frame was way back there.

I am thinking that holding the spacer while unscrewing the shock (once detached from lower mount) might do it.
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Sat May 11, 2019 6:29 am quote
You could, in theory, do it without pulling the tank, but only if the shock comes out of the mount buffer without issues.
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Sat May 11, 2019 11:27 am quote
Just pull the damn tank.
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Sat May 11, 2019 6:59 pm quote
I did this on my P200 last month and even with the tank out and resting on the frame, it was a damned difficult job. There is very little room to manipulate your hands, but that's probably still the best way to do it.
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Sun May 12, 2019 6:33 am quote
Fatbear5 wrote:
I did this on my P200 last month and even with the tank out and resting on the frame, it was a damned difficult job. There is very little room to manipulate your hands, but that's probably still the best way to do it.
Well, I did a "dry run" this morning. The shock can be accessed on top with either 2 open ended 14mm wrenches or one wrench and a 14mm crow foot attached to 3/8" Drive extensions and ratchet. However, I am thinking that after 34 years, it would be a good idea to also replace the rubber block mount above the shock, as well; doing this will necessitate the tank removal, anyway.

My rubber block seems to be in perfect condition, but I might as well replace it, as the rubber deteriorates with age.
I will also replace the front shock and rubber spacers as well for a complete fresh suspension.
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Sun May 12, 2019 6:35 am quote
Fatbear5 wrote:
I did this on my P200 last month and even with the tank out and resting on the frame, it was a damned difficult job. There is very little room to manipulate your hands, but that's probably still the best way to do it.
Well, I did a "dry run" this morning. The shock can be accessed on top with either 2 open ended 14mm wrenches or one wrench and a 14mm crow foot attached to 3/8" Drive extensions and ratchet. However, I am thinking that after 34 years, it would be a good idea to also replace the rubber block mount above the shock, as well; doing this will necessitate the tank removal, anyway.

My rubber block seems to be in perfect condition, but I might as well replace it, as the rubber deteriorates with age.
I will also replace the front shock and rubber spacers as well for a complete fresh suspension.
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