HARLEY DAVIDSON SOFTAIL REAR LOWERING KIT INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

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Filed Under (Harley Davidson) by admin on 11-02-2011

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INSTALLATION Prepare the Motorcycle 1. Follow the Service Manual instructions to remove the seat. To prevent accidental vehicle start-up, which could cause death or serious injury, disconnect negative (-) battery cable before proceeding. (00048a) 2. Disconnect the negative (-) battery cable from the battery. 3. Place motorcycle on a lift and secure the front wheel. 4. Use an overhead crane or hoist attached to the frame to lift the rear of the motorcycle to allow the rear fork to pivot through its range of travel. 5. Place a screw jack under the rear wheel to support and adjust the rear fork during shock removal, installation and ride height adjustment. Be sure rear wheel is supported when removing rear shocks. If wheel is not supported rear fork can drop down, which could result in death or serious injury. (00481b) Removal 1. See Figure 1. Remove the bolt and washer (1) that fasten each of the shock absorbers (2) to the rear fork. NOTE Snap-on Tool Co. adapter, Part Number SRES 24, is necessary to gain access to the shock absorber bolts. 2. Remove the flanged locknut (6) and cup washer with grommet (5) fastening the shock absorber to the frame bracket (4) and remove the shock absorber. 3. Remove, inspect and, if necessary, replace the rubber grommets, the cup washers (5), and the bushing (3). 4. Repeat for the other shock absorber. Disassemble the Shock 1. Thoroughly clean the rear fork end of the shock, especially near the shock canister seal. 2. Support the rear fork end of the shock absorber and shock canister on the table of a press. 3. Press on the shaft to compress the spring in the canister until the keeper plate drops down away from the retaining ring.

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