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Husky Suspension Removal

kubotamiketx

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It’s time for the Husky to have a suspension refreshed so I decided to pull off the forks and the shock today

Forks work easy as can be the rear shock is a massive PIA. The machinations and contortions you have to go through to remove the exhaust is just insane who in the world ever designed this should either be whacked upside the head and give an award for some brilliant Percision fitting

Of course at the very end I realized I could not take the Shock out unless I remove my skid plate But the wheel less husky was sitting on said skid plate

The answer seems simple enough just pick the motorcycle up with the tractor

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Most race team mechanics I've seen will just remove the subframe to make the shock change easier
 

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Oh now you tell me

Honestly I was thinking I might do that to put it back together I don’t know how I’m gonna get the exhaust in there with the shock in there


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There has to be a trick to it. I assume you disconnected the muffler from the header correct?
 

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Yes muffler disconnected first. I think you need to push the shock over a bit and let it drop down. I couldn’t because of the full length acrylic skid plate that covers the linkage and shock. That is why I had to pick it up, remove the skid plate and then drop the shock, remove the header then lift the shock up and out through the side.

Hope it will go back in that order


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Yes muffler disconnected first. I think you need to push the shock over a bit and let it drop down. I couldn’t because of the full length acrylic skid plate that covers the linkage and shock. That is why I had to pick it up, remove the skid plate and then drop the shock, remove the header then lift the shock up and out through the side.

Hope it will go back in that order


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I'm sure I'll go through this on southtex's new 350
 
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I'm sure I'll go through this on southtex's new 350
If his new, not bad. Rotate subframe up and exhaust silencer can be removed without entire exhaust on mine. Really wasn't terrible, sill a PIA.
 
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Yes muffler disconnected first. I think you need to push the shock over a bit and let it drop down. I couldn’t because of the full length acrylic skid plate that covers the linkage and shock. That is why I had to pick it up, remove the skid plate and then drop the shock, remove the header then lift the shock up and out through the side.

Hope it will go back in that order


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If his new, not bad. Rotate subframe up and exhaust silencer can be removed without entire exhaust on mine. Really wasn't terrible, sill a PIA.
2019. He picks it up Thursday. Tj's did him good on it too!
 
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2019. He picks it up Thursday. Tj's did him good on it too!
First time ever for me, and as I'm known for I've had plenty, I installed the correct shock spring before i ever rode it. Stock was just way too soft! lol
 
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First time ever for me, and as I'm known for I've had plenty, I installed the correct shock spring before i ever rode it. Stock was just way too soft! lol
Kirk will probably think it feels fine. So we will see.
 
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Probably will be, I'm porky! I just knew from my 2018 350 it wouldn't work for me, so soft I couldn't hardly make it turn, lol.
He is 6' +/- and over 200lbs(iirc) surprised he hasn't chimed in yet
 

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So I guess that's one of the differences between the Husky 501 and the KTM 500. Mine doesn't have the linked rear shock and getting the shock out was pretty easy. Took very little time. I'm surprised that it's so much more difficult with the link.
 
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