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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


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