Start by removing the shock mounting bolts. Be sure to support
the shock when doing this to prevent the shock from falling and
leaving a big paint chip in your downtube.
Our Mach 6 uses this custom piece of hardware for the shock
mount. Whatever mounting hardware your shock uses, if you’re
changing shocks, you’ll need to be sure you have the right size.
Shock hardware is most typically measured at the width and
the inside diameter. For example, the most common size is a
22-millimeter width reducer with an 8-millimeter bolt (inside
For shock hardware like this, it’s okay to use nearly any bike-specific grease. If you’re working on internal suspension parts,
be sure to use the appropriate grease that won’t eat through the
vital parts. For mounting hardware, as long as it’s not boat trailer
grease, you should be fine.
Many designs will require the shock body to be rotated to allow
clearance to remove. Don’t worry, whether it’s a coil or an air
shock, the body and shaft can be easily rotated by hand without
Any time you’re working on suspension, it’s best to take the
extra step and clean everything. Whether it’s hardware, seals or
anything else, spend some time thoroughly cleaning things before
Reinstall the shock hardware.