Softail Shock Problem

I have a 99 FXST and I want to install an Arlen Ness lowering system. The problem is the bolts on the shocks (swingarm side) are out about a ¼ inch and I can’t move them in or out. I bought it used, 2 months ago from a dealer and it’s not covered under warranty. Is there anyway I can remove them without snapping them off? I have a lift. Thanks Chris D.


Hello Chris,

The only correct way is to remove the entire swing-arm with the shocks intact and work with it on the bench. You can try a little heat and work the bolts back and forth with a crow’s foot style tool, but you may soften or melt the powder coat. Wrench Safe, FMH
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10 Responses to “Softail Shock Problem”
  1. Bruce

    I don’t see any videos that show how to remove,reinstall or adjust progressive shocks on a soft tail?

  2. David

    Hi, do you have a video on replacing these Softail shocks. I want to fit a set of air-shocks I have. thanks, David.

  3. Michael

    Do u have a video or instructions on removing the swing arm on a 1991 FXSTC ?

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      Customer Service Techs

      Sorry. No video for the FX style swingarm. If you run into any issues or have any questions along the way, we will will be happy to help. We can usually get back to you within 24 hours. (ZD: 2887)

  4. SCOTT

    I’ve just bought a 2006 Nightrain FXSTB, and need help learning how to adjust the rear shocks; so the ride height is the same. I had to pull a shock, and realized that neither of my shocks are set the same, and right now my rear fender sits too low.

  5. Jim

    Ticket 19078 I have a 2004 softail that needs bushings in the end at swing arm and sleeve are thay any available