Author Topic: Shock bolts  (Read 306 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline IronButt70

  • Site Supporter
  • Full Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1139
  • Country: us
Shock bolts
« on: September 13, 2019, 07:28:15 PM »
Trying to remove the shocks from my 17 FLSTC. Not having much luck. No room for socket wrench or breaker bar. Got the rear bolt out from the left side by pounding on a 3/4" wrench with a hammer 1/6th of a turn at a time. Can't do that on the right side. Too much stuff in the way. Does it take some kind of special tool? Have a nice blood blister under my thumb so far.  :banghead:
Rollin down lifes hiway never looking back cuz something might be gaining on me

Offline HOGMIKE

  • Site Supporter
  • Full Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 2045
  • Country: us
Re: Shock bolts
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2019, 07:59:25 PM »
Trying to remove the shocks from my 17 FLSTC. Not having much luck. No room for socket wrench or breaker bar. Got the rear bolt out from the left side by pounding on a 3/4" wrench with a hammer 1/6th of a turn at a time. Can't do that on the right side. Too much stuff in the way. Does it take some kind of special tool? Have a nice blood blister under my thumb so far.  :banghead:

I think those are the same as on my 2000 and 2005 heritage bikes.
I remember they are very tight.
I soaked them with JB overnight and did the same with hammer and wrench.
Once I got the fronts loose and took the load off the shocks I broke them loose and took them out by hand. Donít know what you have in the way, but I can get a box wrench on both sides.
 :oil:
Good luck!
HOGMIKE
SoCal

Offline IronButt70

  • Site Supporter
  • Full Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1139
  • Country: us
Re: Shock bolts
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2019, 06:39:19 PM »
Trying to remove the shocks from my 17 FLSTC. Not having much luck. No room for socket wrench or breaker bar. Got the rear bolt out from the left side by pounding on a 3/4" wrench with a hammer 1/6th of a turn at a time. Can't do that on the right side. Too much stuff in the way. Does it take some kind of special tool? Have a nice blood blister under my thumb so far.  :banghead:

I think those are the same as on my 2000 and 2005 heritage bikes.
I remember they are very tight.
I soaked them with JB overnight and did the same with hammer and wrench.
Once I got the fronts loose and took the load off the shocks I broke them loose and took them out by hand. Donít know what you have in the way, but I can get a box wrench on both sides.
 :oil:
Good luck!
Got them out and the new air ride suspension installed.  What a PITA.
Rollin down lifes hiway never looking back cuz something might be gaining on me

Offline Hossamania

  • K1600 Owner in Training
  • Site Supporter
  • Full Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 18210
  • Country: us
  • Mostly confused
Re: Shock bolts
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2019, 06:48:31 PM »
Congrats on getting those off. No easy task on those softails.
How do you like the new suspension? Which brand?
No shirt, no shoes, and I still get service. Why?
Girl, look at this body!

Offline IronButt70

  • Site Supporter
  • Full Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1139
  • Country: us
Re: Shock bolts
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2019, 05:32:58 AM »
Congrats on getting those off. No easy task on those softails.
How do you like the new suspension? Which brand?
SAS system from Custom Cycle Controls. Along with that I put Progressive monoshocks on the front and lowered it 1Ē. Went for a short first test ride yesterday. Can already feel a big difference. Will need to play more with the rears to find my best comfort level. Jr. and I are heading to the Ga./NC border on 10/3 for a few days of twisty riding. That will be the big test but judging from yesterday thereís going to be a significant improvement in handling. New Barnett clutch will get a good workout too. ( Thanks Calif Phil  :bike:)
Rollin down lifes hiway never looking back cuz something might be gaining on me