detach the brake hose from the swingarm routing clips and re-route
it so that its open end is above the reservoir. This will prevent
any further leakage of brake fluid.
Wrap a rag around the disconnected end of the brake hose. This will
prevent brake fluid to drip onto the frame or any other painted
area of the bike. It will also prevent dirt from entering the brake
fluid is harmful to painted surfaces and rubber parts. Do not allow
it to come in contact with frame and any painted surfaces. If it
does, wipe it immediatly with a clean, absorbant cloth and clean
the area with water and a mild cleaner, such as car wash or dishwashing
Remove the swingarm (upper) mounting bolt (14 mm) and nut (17 mm)
of the cushion rod and swing the two lever arms down and away.
Remove the upper mounting bolt (13 mm) and nut (14 mm) of the shock
Remove the lower mounting bolt (13 mm) and nut (14 mm) of the shock
Carefully remove the shock absorber in a downward motion. The swingarm
may need to be moved slightly to create enough clearance for the
shock absorber to come out.
Break the drive chain by removing the masterlink. Make sure you
have a either a new replacement masterlink for your drive chain
or your chain uses a reusable-type masterlink before you proceed
with this step. Place a floor jack under swingarm mount of the cushion
rod for additional support.