Replaced my rear shock a couple years ago. Jim von Baden (who is a gold mine of information about working on these bikes) has a pictorial about replacing both shocks here
. The rear shock part starts about 2/3 of the way down, with the note that it's easier to do than the front. Basic steps are:
- remove rear wheel
- remove muffler (on my bike, with its Happy Trails aluminum luggage, I first had to remove the left side pannier bracket, as it passed exactly right in front of the muffler hanger bolt); this involves the hanger bolt and the clamp nut where the muffler attaches to the cat
- remove lower shock bolt. Swing shock backwards out of the swingarm
- remove upper shock bolt/nut. Remove shock from beneath.
Installation is the reverse. One tip, that Jim didn't mention: there is a floating bushing inside the left side of the swingarm. You will see it protruding very slightly if you look through the notch where the bottom of the shock fits. You can slide it back into the swingarm using a c-clamp, and doing so will make it much, much easier to slip the bottom of the shock back into the swingarm. When you torque the lower mounting bolt, the bushing will be drawn back into position.
Easy job. Much less painful than paying for the shock, as a decent shock will cost you about 15-20% of what the market says your bike is worth!