Created: August 13, 2010
I’m Tyler with SuperATV. Today I am going to show you how to replace your springs. First off, you’re going to need four hookless ratchet straps, a vise mounted to a table, and maybe a cloth to help protect the shock when you tighten it in the vise. So, let’s get started.
Place the shock in the vise. Tighten it down. Once you have the shock secured into the vise, you’re going to get your first ratchet strap. You want to make sure you get the strap straightened all the way out. Take it and then fish it through here. You want to run the strap down the inside of the spring all the way to the bottom. You want to bring it through between the bottom one and the next one up. Bring your strap through and fish it through your ratchet. Get it snug up there and leave it loose.
[01:10] Then you are going to proceed to place the other three around this shock in an orderly manner so you can compress this spring straight down.
Once you’ve got all four ratchet straps evenly spaced around your shock, go around and slide the ratchet all the way to the top. Get that one started a little bit then tighten the one across from it a little bit. Then you’re going to ratchet them both down at the same time.
Go a couple of clicks then come over to the opposite two and you’re going to get them all the way to the top. Get that one started a little bit, get this one started a little bit. You’re just going to get a couple clicks in there. Go to the other set. Repeat until you get this spring compressed enough to get the ring off here. Once you get it far enough past where this thing comes out you want to take this piece off, slide this over and the shock will come right off. Be careful not to hit these, these two can smash your fingers.
Okay, now once you have removed the spring from the suspension here, you want to be careful taking these ratchets loose. You just want to kind of get that there. Get that there, we’ll lift that. You just want to gradually let all the pressure off of this shock. There’s quite a bit of pressure on here so you want to be sure not to smash your fingers.
Alright, now for compressing your new spring. You want to go ahead and take your ratchet strap and notice where this top coil comes into the tight spot here. You want to go ahead and fish this strap down through here you don’t want to go all the way down to the bottom coil. Go in-between that one and you’re going to slide this around.
Go ahead and get it where the straps are going to be on the tightest part, which is right there, before you go to getting this one tight. So, once you kind of get that one started you’re going to do the same as like removing the spring. You’re going to place four of these around this spring so we can compress the spring down to put it back on your suspension.
Alright, now once you have placed all the four ratchet straps again, we are going to do the same technique we did when removing the old spring. You’re just going to go around this gradually. So we want to make sure this spring compresses evenly down. As you can see, it’s starting to bend a little bit so you want to come over to this side. Make sure you got it straight. Start bringing that down. Be patient with this and just work them all down evenly. Make sure you don’t get the spring all crooked because that’s going to cause an issue when it comes to putting it on.
Next, we’re going to install the spring back onto the suspension. First, you want to look at, notice that one side of the spring is smaller than the other. You want to be sure that that smaller is facing upward. Another thing to look at is look down in the middle of that spring and make sure it looks pretty straight. Now, if it was to curve a little bit you want to ratchet the opposite side that it is curving to.
So, next you are just going to slide this down over the suspension. You are going to take your piece that you took off here and you are going to slide it under there. Then, once again, you want to be very careful loosening these up one by one. Make sure that you keep, make sure that’s going to land right in the center of that. Once you get close, so you just kind of take you ratchet. Bust them all loose, remove your ratchet straps, and there you have a new spring on your suspension.
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