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Safe to cut a shock in half?

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Old 06-23-2013, 03:08 PM
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Maybe a stupid question, but can I take a sawsall across the shock (below the spring) without anything blowing up in my face? My front shock pinch bolts are seized and I was looking to save some time having to pull the axles.
 
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Old 06-23-2013, 08:21 PM
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as long as the shock is fully extended I would say that it is completely safe.
 
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Old 06-24-2013, 03:30 AM
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Thought about it more, and I may just cut the forks. Problem is, there's still spring compression on there that the shock shaft is holding, even at full extension.
 
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Old 07-10-2013, 08:15 AM
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Not safe.. The shock is under pressure.

You don't need to remove the fork to remove the axles. Just drop the lower control arm.. If you really want to remove the pinch bolt, drill it out.
 
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