Accessing Rear Shock on BMW F650GS Twin

Here is how to access the rear shock on a 2009 BMW F650GS Twin. My bike is a factory lowered BMW F650GS Twin and I’m looking at replacing the current rear shock with a standard rear shock. Hopefully with the help of fellow ADVRiders.

The bottom bolt is simple to locate.

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But finding where the top bolt is for the rear shock is more difficult. These side panels are each held on with two screws. Pull these side panels off.

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Now there is a black plastic plate which needs removed to access the top bolt for the rear shock. Remove the back nuts from this plate.

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Then remove the front nuts from this plate.

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With the nuts removed, you will need to unclamp any wiring attached to the plate, and wiggle this plate around quite a bit to get it loose. Finally, you will be able to fold it aside revealing the bolt for the top of the rear shock.

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This is as far as I got today. I’m going to stop here for now since I haven’t confirmed actual swapping of my lowered rear shock for a standard rear shock. Also, my bike does not have a center stand and I’ll need to get the bike up on something so the swing arm can safely drop when I remove the rear shock. I’m guessing that removing the rear wheel will make accessing the rear shock easier.

I hope this post helps anyone else who was wondering how to access the rear shock on their BMW F650GS Twin, and probably the same for the BMW F800GS.

4 Comments

  1. Reply
    Sal March 6, 2017

    I’m trying to remove the factory lowered shock and replace it with a standard one on my F650GS twin as well. Do you have any pictures or tips on how to proceed?

    • Reply
      Jonathan Smith March 6, 2017

      You’ll want to put the bike on a center stand or securely support it in some manner so the swing arm will drop. The rubber/plastic chain slide on the top of the swing arm needs removed in order to access the lower shock bolt. Besides that, everything I have listed should guide you in removing the shock.

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        Sal March 6, 2017

        Thanks Jonathan. Did you take off the rear wheel? Also, did you just re-use the same washers/spacers/bolts from the old suspension when putting on the new one?

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          Jonathan Smith March 6, 2017

          No problem Sal. Yep, removed the rear wheel in order to have less objects to work around. And yes, re-used the same hardware. Simply swapped the factory low shock that came on the bike, with a standard height rear shock I found local via ADVRider.

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