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Suzuki GSX-R 1000 Service Manual: Rear shock absorber disposal

Refer to rear shock absorber removal and installation .

The rear shock absorber unit contains high-pressure nitrogen gas.


  • Mishandling can cause explosion.
  •  Keep away from fire and heat. High gas pressure caused by heat can cause an explosion.
  •  Release gas pressure before disposing

Gas pressure release

Make sure to observe the following precautions:


  • Never apply heat or disassemble the damper unit since it can explode or oil can splash hazardously.
  •  When discarding the rear cushion unit, be sure to release gas pressure from the unit following the procedures.
  1. Mark the drill center at the location a using a center punch.

Suzuki GSX-R. Gas pressure release


  1. 9 Mm (0.35 In)
  2. Mark the drill hole
  1. Wrap rear shock absorber (1) with a plastic bag (2) and fix it on a vise as shown in the figure.
  2.  Drill a 2 3 mm (0.08 0.12 In) hole at the marked drill center using a drilling machine and let out gas while taking care not to get the plastic bag entangled with the drill bit.

  • Be sure to wear protective glasses since drilling chips and oil may fly off with blowing gas when the drill bit has penetrated through the body.
  •  Make sure to drill at the specified position.

    Otherwise, pressurized oil many spout out forcefully.

Suzuki GSX-R. Gas pressure release


Rear shock absorber adjustment
After installing the rear suspension, adjust the spring pre-load and damping force as follows: Spring pre-load adjustment The set length 179.3 Mm (7.06 In) provides the maximum spring pre-load ...

Cushion lever removal and installation
Removal Remove the right side cowling and side frame covers. Refer to exterior parts removal and installation in section 9d .  Support the motorcycle with a jack to relieve load on t ...

Other materials:

Ignition system check
Remove the spark plugs and reattach them to the spark plug caps. Put the engine stop switch in the "" position and ignition switch in the "on" position. While holding a spark plug with its base firmly against the engine, push the electric starter butt ...

Swingarm removal and installation
Removal Cut the drive chain. Refer to drive chain replacement in section 3a .  Remove the rear wheel assembly. Refer to rear wheel assembly removal and installation in section 2d .  Disconnect the rear brake hose from the brake hose clamp (1). Remove the brake ho ...

Storage procedure
If your motorcycle is to be left unused for an extended period of time, it needs special servicing requiring appropriate materials, equipment and skill. For this reason, suzuki recommends that you trust this maintenance work to your suzuki dealer. If you wish to service the machine for stora ...

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