XR650L Rear Spring Change

4 replies to this topic
  • dukeryder

Posted December 12, 2006 - 12:24 AM


I searched and every thread says no special tool required or are vague. But that lock ring is on there pretty good and I can't even loosen it by hitting with a punch and hammer.

Do I need a special wrench to take that lock ring off????

I did the fork springs no problem, and figured the rear shock spring woulda been easier.

  • tirebiter

Posted December 12, 2006 - 05:07 AM


There should be two lock rings. Loosen the one furthest from the spring first.
It can be a bitch if the spring's never been broke free before.
Keep at it, it'll free up.:thumbsup:

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  • rebelventurer

Posted December 12, 2006 - 04:06 PM


A little penetrating lube wont hurt either, and yep you gotta get the top one moving first!

  • dukeryder

Posted December 12, 2006 - 05:44 PM


Yeah I was definetly trying to loosen the top ring.

I was using a punch and a ballpeen hammer to try and loosen it but it didn't budge. I'll dump somre liquid Wrench on it.

I thought there might be some Honda specific tool that I needed. Those Riceboy Cars with Coilovers have a huge wrench that hooks into those little indentations that they can loosen those rings with to adjust ride height. I thought I might need to get one of those but it looks like you guys don't use any special tools.

  • tirebiter

Posted December 12, 2006 - 06:34 PM


One time I tried to "unload" the spring by latching on to a couple of coils with a pair of visegrips, thought it should make bustin' the lock rings easier..bad idea. :devil:
I managed to squeeze the spring down alright, started hammering away at the rings, but when the visegrips decided to let loose.. wellll...

Fingernail's just about grown back now..:thumbsup:

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