written by: OldSkoolYZF members
Important recall on the rear
shock support (yes, it's too late for free replacement)
recall info can be found at bottom
of this page
above image shows recalled shock (left) and direct
replacement shock from 97+ YZF.
Then remove the top bolt from the
top shock mount and then remove the bottom bolt from the bottom shock mount.
Now that you have the shock totally
loose you can wiggle it out through the bottom.
You may have to raise and lower the
bike to get the shock to pass out the bottom past the linkage other that
that it should come right out.
Reverse the process for
installation and you are good to go.
All in all it should take you no
longer than 1/2 hr to 45 min depending on your mechanical ability...Very
Do not put it on a stand you have to hang the rear of the bike from over
head or use a lift and lift it from underneath the motor.
From the NHTSA website:
Make / Models : Model/Build Years:
YAMAHA / YZF600RG 1995
YAMAHA / YZF600RGC 1995
YAMAHA / YZF600RH 1996
YAMAHA / YZF600RHC 1996
Manufacturer : YAMAHA MOTOR CORPORATION, USA
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 96V033000 Mfg's Report Date : FEB 08, 1996
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 4348
THE DAMPER SHAFT OF THE REAR SHOCK CAN BEND OR BREAK.
THE SHAFT COULD FRACTURE WITHOUT WARNING CAUSING A LOSS OF CONTROL RESULTING
IN A VEHICLE CRASH.
DEALERS WILL INSTALL A NEW STYLE SHOCK ABSORBER ASSEMBLY KIT.
SYSTEM: SUSPENSION; MOTORCYCLE ONLY. VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: MOTORCYCLES. NOTE:
OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON
SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME,
SHOULD CONTACT YAMAHA AT 1-800-962-7926. ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY
TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-800-424-9393.
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TUTORIAL - Replacing rear shock
OldSkoolYZF.com / 2007 edition