GTS Shock Install Issue
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Tue Nov 17, 2020 7:27 am quote
Trying to install these new Carbone shocks on my GTS...should be simple right?

Well I found theres no way to get the top bushings/nut on without compressing the spring (zip ties or bailing wire) and exposing the threaded rod, then releasing the tension.

I have never had this with the last 2 shock changes and am scratching my head.
They are the correct part for the application and a side by side shows the overall length to be correct.

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2010 ThunderFly 190, 2008 250 GTS
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Wed Nov 18, 2020 11:34 am quote
You might check with a local shop that rents tools to see if they have a spring compressor they loan out.

I didn't have this issue with the Malossi RS24's I put on. Seems odd for your install.
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Granturismo 218
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Wed Nov 18, 2020 3:52 pm quote
Have you adjusted the spring pre-load on that one?
The easiest way to get them on is one at a time, mount it on the bottom, put the bottom rubber bushing on, and put it in place, then drop the bike off the centerstand so the weight of the bike compresses the spring.
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Thu Nov 19, 2020 12:19 pm quote
Thanks for the replies...Yes adjusted preload and had them both mounted initially...dropped off stand and couldnt get enough rod to put the top bushings and nuts on.

I bought these at SIP about a year or two ago and am really wondering if they are correct for my application or did they send me the wrong stuff. In fact I just went back to their website and the shocks for my app have way more thread showing.

No part number or anything on em so no help there.

May need to abandon ship on these and get something else.
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Thu Nov 19, 2020 3:47 pm quote
are you doing it one side at a time, or did you try to do them both at once?
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Thu Nov 19, 2020 4:12 pm quote
Ive tried a couple of times now, i think one at a time, I was just messing with them and screwed the nut down all the way (off bike)and it looks like there is room for the bushings and washers to go on, then did another comparison to SIPs picture and they do look identical. I then read the reviews and everyone says they are a stiff shock which I don't think I would mind..

Im gonna give them another go this weekend but they will definitely
need to be held compressed to get them in.
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