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No manual and I'm trying to remove the front shocks on my 2003 F7. They have a carrage bolt on top (Not like the good old ZR). Question is do you need to pry the shock off the top bolt or is there a trick to this? Does the top bolt come out? Not much room in there! HELP :div20:

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Take the bottom bolt out, take the nut off the top and the shock will come right off. The bolt on the top is pressed into the bulkhead.
 

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Thanks guys :beerchug: ........I got it.......... Just took a bit of prying that I didn't want to do. Apparently this is the first time they have ever been removed. They were froze onto the top bolt.

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Right, that top bolt doesn't have to come out to take the shock off. Sounds like it was corroded on a little. Clean it with a Scotch bright pad and put it together with some anti-seize.
 

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Originally posted by 128JetSnake@Sep 8 2005, 11:15 AM
Right, that top bolt doesn't have to come out to take the shock off. Sounds like it was corroded on a little. Clean it with a Scotch bright pad and put it together with some anti-seize.
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The problem is the aluminum washer that is on there gets squashed and won't slide off. :dunno: After I broke the washers free the shock slid right off.
 

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Hmmmm, I don't think that washer is supposed to be aluminum. I'm sure on mine it's steel. I do have a thick aluminum spacer on the bottom.
 

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Originally posted by 128JetSnake@Sep 8 2005, 12:19 PM
Hmmmm, I don't think that washer is supposed to be aluminum. I'm sure on mine it's steel. I do have a thick aluminum spacer on the bottom.
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It is an aluminum washer between the nut and the shock. This is on the top, not the bottom. I will replace it with a steel washer.
 

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I have an '05 F7, my dealer and others have said that ALL the shocks should be rebuilt after the first year of use, mine only has a little over 1300 miles.
And for that matter the shocks seem fine.....anyone?
 

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Originally posted by CopierCat@Sep 8 2005, 03:53 PM
I have an '05 F7, my dealer and others have said that ALL the shocks should be rebuilt after the first year of use, mine only has a little over 1300 miles.
And for that matter the shocks seem fine.....anyone?
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I have rebuilt twice a year, or as many times as they need it. These shocks on this particular F7 went down like a flat tire. Front and back.
 

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Originally posted by ZR800DITCHDOCKER@Sep 8 2005, 03:42 PM
I have rebuilt twice a year, or as many times as they need it. These shocks on this particular F7 went down like a flat tire. Front and back.
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Wasn't that only after the new owners "husband" sat on it that they went flat on this particular F7 (F8)??? :frech11:
 

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Originally posted by CopierCat@Sep 8 2005, 03:53 PM
I have an '05 F7, my dealer and others have said that ALL the shocks should be rebuilt after the first year of use, mine only has a little over 1300 miles.
And for that matter the shocks seem fine.....anyone?
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Mine did not last 2 full seasons. Put on 1400 miles the first year, 1600 the second.
I experienced some spine busters towards the end of last season. 2004 F7.
 
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