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Old 07-23-11, 02:58 PM   #1
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Anyone service a rear shock without a vise?

I wanted to know if anyone has service a rear shock without a vise. I live in an apartment and all I have is a bike stand. How hard is it to get the bushings out and unscrew the outer portion? Do you think I will need a vise to do this? I noticed that this guy doesn't have a vice:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vb8BNsFcINQ

But I am not sure if it was pre-loosened before for demonstration purposes.
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Old 07-23-11, 02:58 PM   #2
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Oh.. I have a Fox shock Rp2 on a rumblefish one
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Old 07-23-11, 06:43 PM   #3
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The more I watch these type of videos, the more I appreciate a rigid fork hardtail with rim brakes. You'd think by now, they would've come up with a rebuilt market. That way when one shock dies, you simply pay a reasonable price for a rebuilt one and turn in a rebuildable core as the dead shock. For the price of the kit, I'd let the LBS rebuild it too, probably wouldn't take more than an hour if that for them. From what I saw of the price for a new shock on ebay, get a cheaper vise and just figure to use it for the rest of your life.

Would this be more than enough vise ?

http://cgi.ebay.com/3-1-4-LONG-MINIA...item3cba25201b

catch an auction right and it's under $ 15.
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Easy to do without a vise.

1.Remove the lower mount bolt.
2.Swing shock upward while top bolt is still in place.
3. Release air pressure.
4. Twist can to unscrew.
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Old 07-23-11, 08:04 PM   #5
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Rebult my cloud nine w/o a vise .. 30$seal kit and good to go 15 minutes later.
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Yup. no vise needed. It's just nice to have.

Like Chris, I've done the same with my CCC9 shock. Easy peasy.
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Guess the vise is to be able to do the job without risking damage to the frame mounts ? Being creative, I guess one could even use a 2x4 with a bolt that would secure the shock to break it loose ? The key is to get enough torque to break it loose and tighten it properly. With a 2x4, the wood is soft enough and won't damage the mount hardware & finish on the shock absorber.
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Guess the vise is to be able to do the job without risking damage to the frame mounts ? Being creative, I guess one could even use a 2x4 with a bolt that would secure the shock to break it loose ? The key is to get enough torque to break it loose and tighten it properly. With a 2x4, the wood is soft enough and won't damage the mount hardware & finish on the shock absorber.
You can easily open it up by hand. It it is enough to damage your frame mounts, that's probably a pretty weak frame.
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I finally got around to doing it. I was able to get it by clamping it down in my Park Tool PCS-10 Bike stand. I just tightened it up on the end and was able to twist it off. I had some difficulties getting a grip on it, and after a little bit of pondering, I used a bike tube to get some grip on it. Worked like a charm.
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