2-68 PERIODIC MAINTENANCE
Periodic Maintenance Procedures
Insert a suitable tool to center [A] of the reservoir cap, and
release the nitrogen gas completely (keep the suitable
For instructions on how to use the tool, follow the opera-
tion manual provided by the manufacturer.
The shock contains high-pressure nitrogen gas that
when suddenly released can eject oil and internal
shock parts at high velocity, causing serious injury.
To avoid injury, do not point a suitable tool toward
your face or body when releasing nitrogen gas pres-
sure since an oil mist is often released with the ni-
trogen. Always release nitrogen gas pressure be-
fore disassembling the rear shock absorber to pre-
vent explosive separation of parts.
Adjust the gas reservoir damping adjusters [A] to the soft-
Tap [A] evenly at the gaps [B] in the stopper [C] with suit-
able tools [D] to free the stopper from the rear shock body.
Slide the stopper up the top of the piston rod then lightly
tap around the seal with a suitable rod and mallet, and
push the seal assembly 10 mm (0.39 in.) down.
Remove the circlip [A].
Wrap a heavy cloth around the rear shock body and piston
rod to prevent the oil diffusion.
Lightly move the piston rod back and forth, and pull out
the piston rod assembly.
Pour the oil out of the rear shock body into a suitable