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Follow along with the video below!
1997-2001 Honda CR250 Rear Shock Assembly
Step 16: Back out the compression damper all the way to allow open oil flow between the reservoir and the body.
Step 17: Fill the reservoir half way and make sure oil is flowing into the body.*You will not see oil flow right away. Keep in mind that the compression damper is designed for forced oil flow, so let the shock sit for a few minutes. If no oil is flowing you may have a damaged damper.
Step 18: Install the valve cap, and install the reservoir cap and bladder. You want to see the reservoir overflow, as this forces air from the reservoir
Remove the valve cap and install the reservoir cap tool. Force the reservoir cap down far enough to expose the circlip groove.
Install the circlip, reinstall the reservoir cap tool, and pull the cap up to the circlip.
Remove the reservoir tool and install the valve stem.
Using a low pressure pump, fill the bladder to around 40 to 60 PSI. This will seat the reservoir cap to the circlip, as well as force oil into the shock body.
Step 19: Fill the shock body halfway with oil.
Step 20: Install the shock shaft, working it up and down to remove any trapped air. As you go, continue filling the shock body with oil.
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO SEAT THE SEAL HEAD!
Step 22: Release the pressure from the reservoir bladder and remove the valve stem. This will allow the bladder to compress, making room for the seal head.
Step 23: Using your seal head setting tool, pound the seal head into the shaft body just enough for the circlip groove to be exposed.
Install the circlip and valve stem.
Step 24: Inflate the bladder to 40 to 60 PSI to seat the seal head against the circlip.
Step 25: Pump the shock shaft and check for any obvious leaks at the seal head and reservoir.
Step 26: Install the shock body cap. Hammer lightly around the edge of the cap so it seats evenly.*The punch holes in the cap also act as weep holes so you can check for slow leaks in the future.
Let the shock sit for a while, then come back and test the action again while checking for leaks.
Step 27: Install the spring, plate and circlip. Tighten the preload adjustment nut, and fill with 150 – 200 PSI of NITROGEN!*You will need to go to a shop for the nitrogen.
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