Polcat...Have you lost your mind? Im going going to give you an old truck lowering trick, but know that when you roll across a large bump....that piston shaft can go right through the piston and right on through the end of the shock barrel and into your leg! with that said you can either apply heat to the springs(this relieves the temper in the spring steel),and/or cut the springs to a shorter length causing the shock to out stroke its loading capibilities, makes my azz hurt thinking about it! Polcat, I dont mean to hack on you! I just dont want to see you kill yourself or your girl when that bike self destructs! I got all kinds of ugly pictures in my mind of you scattered across the road after crossing some railroad tracks causing that bike to blow apart! He11, PM me your address and Ill send you a pair of 10 inch shocks! If you aint too far away Ill weld that thing for you too!Not looking for new shocks, just want to play around with some old ones. Actually, getting the springs off is what I want to do. steell, I see no pin at the top that can be pulled. The spring is held at the top by a dished washer that can be pulled out if the spring is compressed, but I can't figure out how to compress the springs with what tools I have.
I can physically (and fairly easily) turn the springs against the shock bodies, so I doubt there is a lot of preload left, and I understand safety when working with springs.