Status Updates posted by motohockey
Hi, after further analysis taking into your account of the raising of the swingarm are you saying the rear shock will be able to drop down avoiding that entire exhaust system removal as per the Honda manual?? I sure hope so cause removing/installing all 4 headers looks like another PITA!!
If you can send the pictures of how you get the remote adjuster to follow the shock through the swingarm I would be eternally grateful...buy you a beer or 3 next time I'm in Oregon!LOL!
The photos are MIA - on an SD card someplace - I'll see if I can hunt them up. In summary, leave the headers alone. You will though, be removing the exhaust cans and the fender under the seat. At first I thought "fender" meant "what the license plate is attached to". They mean the entire fender assembly under the seat. The hose threads through between the subframe and fender, so stripping the subframe is required to get the adjuster out. Once the fender is out (PITA), with the remote adjuster loose and the shock disconnected, raising the swing arm will allow it all to snake its way out. The key lock assembly for the seat inflicted the most pain, I spent several hours scratching my head over that. There's no way to coach you thru it - you'll just have to do it by trial and error.
Thanks, for your time, I dont think the pictures will be necessary given your description of how to snake it through. I have already removed the entire fender, exhaust, underseat assembly and was about to try and wrap my head around the necessity to remove(as per Honda shopmanual) the entire exhaust system when I read your description. So, if i understand, once the shock mounts are all removed the swingarm can be jacked -up high enough to allow the shock to be moved past that exhaust collector box, right? Thank God for people who ignore Manuals and find a better way!
Honda's manual makes the same gross error when describing how to remove/install the stator. They want the tank and airbox removed instead of just attaching a wire to the stator's wiring and fishing it under the tank so you can pull the new one along the same path. Who writes these manuals? Maybe they just want the job to take twice as long so a Honda mechanic somewhere can charge big bucks!
I'm the guy in Montreal still struggling with the removal of the rear shock on my 2009 VFR ABS. In your 2014 write-up I don't see any mention of removing the entire exhaust system as the manual states? The manual definetly states one must remove the entire exhaust system? The shock wont drop down unless you remove that exhaust collector(part of the 2 front cylinder headers), no? And that single bolt holding that collector(or whatever its called) is giving me a bitch of a time, no room for a socket or spanner, maybe an off-set box end wrench??!!
Are you saying its not necessary to remove all 4 headers and still possible to lower the shock by lifting the swingarm? The lower mounting bolt sits right on top of that collector that the 2 front headers feed into?
If you're still active I'd appreciate any help you can offer,
we all know about Honda's poor track record with rectifiers, stators. grounds...how do I protect my nearly new 2009?