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Thumbs down 2018 C50 lowreing problems..

Bike is in the garage totally stripped down as I try in vain to get the bolts out of the links.Had bike on the jack off the jack half way on the jack and cant figure out why I cant gat the bolts out.I have noticed that the shock is set on 5 and I tried to turn it down figuring theres too much pressure but I don't have a shock spanner.Soooo..Im stuck and feeling stupid..Can anyone enlighten me?? what the heck am I doing wrong??
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Bike is in the garage totally stripped down as I try in vain to get the bolts out of the links.Had bike on the jack off the jack half way on the jack and cant figure out why I cant gat the bolts out.I have noticed that the shock is set on 5 and I tried to turn it down figuring theres too much pressure but I don't have a shock spanner.Soooo..Im stuck and feeling stupid..Can anyone enlighten me?? what the heck am I doing wrong??
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They are difficult. Are you trying to get the nut off or to knock the bolt thru?

I can head East or West, it doesn't matter as long as it's on 2 wheels.
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They are difficult. Are you trying to get the nut off or to knock the bolt thru?
Yes im trying to get the bolt out.I have a suspition that the shock is set too high making the pressure on bolt immovanle.
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With the bike jacked up, the pressure should be off the shock. I'm having CRS as I don't remember if it was the Boulevard or the Victory that I had to put a second jack under the rear tire to get the pressure off the shock to remove the bolt.

Just make sure the bike is strapped in to the motorcycle jack before applying pressure under the rear tire.


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With the bike jacked up, the pressure should be off the shock. I'm having CRS as I don't remember if it was the Boulevard or the Victory that I had to put a second jack under the rear tire to get the pressure off the shock to remove the bolt.

Just make sure the bike is strapped in to the motorcycle jack before applying pressure under the rear tire.


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Yeah I figured that would be the case..Im going out to the garage later with a clear head..Thanks for the comeback..
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Bike is in the garage totally stripped down as I try in vain to get the bolts out of the links.Had bike on the jack off the jack half way on the jack and cant figure out why I cant gat the bolts out.I have noticed that the shock is set on 5 and I tried to turn it down figuring theres too much pressure but I don't have a shock spanner.Soooo..Im stuck and feeling stupid..Can anyone enlighten me?? what the heck am I doing wrong??
i ordered a blunt ended tool to whack the schock adjustment ring cause i wanted a softer ride....when the tool arrived it looked like a regular screw driver with the business end cut off....so i had a foot long piece of solid metal rod about the same size...so i used my solid metal rod instead of the tool i bought...i moved the adjustment ring that holds the shock spring to soft ride with no problem....i have not tried to remove the swing arm as i am not interested in lowering my bike....i will have to cross the bridge when i get ready to lube the swing are bushings....BUT... i can tell you that having worked on big trucks and tractors in the past...a cheater bar attached to a wrench or socket with a breaker bar will break any bolt or nut loose....the extra leverage the(pipe) i.e. cheater bar gives you is awesome...and you get the same advantage from the cheater bar when re-assembling the bolts or nuts...i have several different length pipes with different sized openings to fit over wrenches or socket breaker bars....may i suggest that it you do use my method of breaking the bolts or nuts loose...have the bike on the ground and not the jack....you could easily push or pull the bike off the jack by the extreme pressure a cheater bar can exert...i generally strap my bike to the jack after i have raised it...but it is safer to break the bolts loose while on the ground and then raise the bike...reverse the action when you put the final torque on the bolts by taking the bike off the jack and final torque on the ground...hope this helps you get the job done.....live to ride/ride to live
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Yeah I figured that would be the case..Im going out to the garage later with a clear head..Thanks for the comeback..
Try spraying the bolts down with PB Blaster and let sit for a while. When I lowered mine, I remember the bolts being hard to remove. Soaked them and still had to use a hammer and drift pin to tap them out.

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When i did mine, I had zero problems.
I just made sure that the was neither positive pressure, nor negative pressure on the bolts.
A few gentle taps, and they came right out.
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Capt Cruiser was correct. You need to take a little bit of the "hanging weight" off the rear wheel with a 2nd jack under the tire

Or you may be able to slowly lower the bike until the rear tire is touching the ground, maybe 1/8 to 1/4 the weight of the wheel

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