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I never compressed mine, I think thats just for high rated springs, but im not sure. Just changed my KX450f's spring from a 5.4 to a 5.0. All I did was removed my seat, and my exhaust, took out the two subframe bolts connecting to the frame and got a bungee cord to hold my subframe to my tank. I forgot to loosen up the top ring before I took off my whole rear shock so I could remove the shock spring easier, but I just took off the whole shock absorber and took it to my room. Got a hammer and a large screw driver and loosened up the top ring. Started punching away to loosen then spring until I figured out I could just twist the spring loose until I coud take the whole spring off. Wasnt hard at all, and didnt take much time either. Look for a parts manual online for your bike, or search the TT forums for a better explanation because im not too good at explaining. Good luck man

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No, you don't need to compress the spring to remove the shock. I'm not sure why you want to remove it but if you plan on servicing the shock http://www.motopowervideo.com has a DVD that shows you how to remove, service and replace the shock. It also shows you how to set the sag.

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If you have the bike on a stand, the shock will be pretty much fully extended and you should be able to take it on/off without doing anything to the spring. As long as the wheel is hanging free you should be good to go.

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