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Old May 16th 2015, 07:56 AM   #1
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How To: Íhlins TTX36 Shock Spring replacement

It's been raining pretty much continuously since I brought home the bike Wednesday so I went ahead and swapped shock spring last night. I'm going to a lighter spring based on Jarel's recommendations. I ordered front and rear springs from Ducati Omaha.

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1. Place bike on paddock stands.

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2. Remove rear hugger, four bolts, 3mm hex. The bolt closest to the chain has a small spacer underneath the hugger, don't lose this. Put a rag between the swingarm and the pipe to fill the gap, it helps keep you from dropping a bolt into a location that requires surgical tools for removal. I learned the hard way.

3. Remove shock cover, 3 bolts, 4mm hex. There are little spacers on the back side that fall out as you remove the cover.

4. Place a scissor jack between the rear tire and the subframe, put something soft over the top of the jack.

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5. Remove the black plastic cover that goes over the front shock bolt. It has tabs that pop out at the locations circled in red. You access the bolt through the hole with the yellow arrow.

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6. While the shock is still on the bike use spanners to back the preload off to the edge of threads. I marked my preload adjusters with black dots so that it was easier to count turns.

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7. Remove front and rear mounting bolts. Use the scissor jack to take all the weight of the bike off of the shock. This will help keep the bolts from binding. Break both of the bolts loose. I felt it was easier to remove the rear bolt first since the linkage will support the back of the shock while you remove the front bolt. You can also see in the first pic that the preload adjusters are all the way to the end of the threads.

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Part II Coming.
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Old May 16th 2015, 08:08 AM   #2
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8. The shock should now look like this. Make a mark on the end bushing. break the blue jam nut loose then count how many turns it takes to remove the end bushing from the shock body. In one of these pics you can see the piece of painters tape that I put on the edge of the fairing to protect it while working on the front shock bolt.

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9. Now finish removing the two preload adjusters. The top one will spin off by hand. The bottom one is easily removed while holding the shock in your lap by holding the end of the shock and a spanner. You'll hit the point of being able to remove by hand after just a few turns.

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10. At this point you can now lift the spring off the top of the shock body.

11. Reassembly in reverse order is pretty straightforward. Make sure that you count the turns on the end bushing as you reinstall it so that your ride height is in the same ballpark. If you want to be very exact make sure that you measure your ride height before you start and then adjust it to match when you're done. Attach the front mounting bolt first. Then use the jack to adjust the spacing until the rear bolt holes line up perfectly. Torque for front and rear bolts is 45 Nm (33 ft/lb).

Total time for everything was just under an hour and that included taking pics. I could probably do it again in 30-40 min now.
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Old May 16th 2015, 08:20 AM   #3
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Awesome! Thank you for the write up.
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Old May 16th 2015, 08:25 AM   #4
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One of the mods should rename the thread n make it a "How To".

Nice write up. I paid $20 to my local shop to remove and install the spring after i got it powdercoated. I'd pay $20 again over doing that myself but i installed my exhaust myself though. Go figure.
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Originally Posted by slickwill View Post
8. The shock should now look like this. Make a mark on the end bushing. break the blue jam nut loose then count how many turns it takes to remove the end bushing from the shock body. In one of these pics you can see the piece of painters tape that I put on the edge of the fairing to protect it while working on the front shock bolt.

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9. Now finish removing the two preload adjusters. The top one will spin off by hand. The bottom one is easily removed while holding the shock in your lap by holding the end of the shock and a spanner. You'll hit the point of being able to remove by hand after just a few turns.

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10. At this point you can now remove lift the spring off the top of the shock body.

11. Reassembly in reverse order is pretty straightforward. Attach the front mounting bolt first. Then use the jack to adjust the spacing until the rear bolt holes line up perfectly. Torque for front and rear bolts is 45 Nm (33 ft/lb).

Total time for everything was just under an hour and that included taking pics. I could probably do it again in 30-40 min now.
Thanks mate for taking the time to go thru all the steps with photos. cheers
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i knew it, you don't need a spring compressor to remove the spring on this shock. I feel so stupid paying some guy to do it, he had to put it in a spring compressor.
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Originally Posted by jyli19 View Post
i knew it, you don't need a spring compressor to remove the spring on this shock.
Nope, no compressor needed.
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Old May 17th 2015, 12:32 AM   #8
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they are easy to swap out hey...awesome.

from memory when I did mine you don't need to remove the eye end, undo the preload nuts, and there's a circlip inside the spring seat...remove that and it slides over everything
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Thanks for taking the time to do the write up and pics.
Am just curious as to why you are doing this so early in ownership and with the fact that due to rain, you havent had a lot of seat miles yet.

I will have finished the full running in this week and the bike will go on track for the first time next friday (weather permitting). As of yet I havent even adjusted a clicker, front or rear. Will do my first set of sags and clicks then, but to be honest, at the level of riding I will be doing (fast inters), it doesnt feel that I will need to go as far a respringing etc.
What has shown up with the bike so far, that made you decide to go down this route before really getting to know it?
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Nice write up. I'm looking to swap a shock myself. How stable was the scissor jack?
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