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Hello all, new to the forum and to rincons but not new to Honda ATVs. Recently bought an 09 rincon with 600 miles on it and in pretty good shape.

The rear suspension is pretty squeaky on it. I have spray lubricated every joint I can see trying to pinpoint where the noise is coming from and I still have the squeak. Seems like it is coming from the top shock mount. Is there any special tricks or tools needed if I want to remove the shock and grease the top pivot/mount?

Additionally the rear brake seems pretty weak regardless of if using the foot pedal or the lever. The lever adjustment feels correct to me and measures correct, but stopping power seams weak to me as compared to my other 3 Honda ATVs. It came from Kentucky and there was definitely a fair amount of red dirt/dust/mud caked all over it that I’ve slowly been getting cleaned off with a power washer elbow grease and some WD-40 so I’m not sure if there is still just some debris keeping them from operating correctly or if something else is up. I also notice the brake fluid doesn’t look as crisp and clean when looking at it through the sight glass as it does on my others, maybe the fluid needs replaced and a good bleed?
 

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I did a tutorial on lubing the shocks years ago. You get to find it. The short version - knock the collars out of the top shock eye, clean outer surface of collar and inner surface of bushings, grease the same and replace. Greasing the bolt is pointless.


Rear brakes, check that the pad lining is not gone. If the arrows are pointing at each other, they are done.
 

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I did a tutorial on lubing the shocks years ago. You get to find it. The short version - knock the collars out of the top shock eye, clean outer surface of collar and inner surface of bushings, grease the same and replace. Greasing the bolt is pointless.


Rear brakes, check that the pad lining is not gone. If the arrows are pointing at each other, they are done.
Will the rear shocks be under any pressure if the suspension is fully extended? Any tricks when taking the shocks off?
 

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I did a tutorial on lubing the shocks years ago. You get to find it. The short version - knock the collars out of the top shock eye, clean outer surface of collar and inner surface of bushings, grease the same and replace. Greasing the bolt is pointless.


Rear brakes, check that the pad lining is not gone. If the arrows are pointing at each other, they are done.
I see your from elk creek KY...we were right down in your neck of the woods when we picked it up...Elizabeth Town.
 

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That one is good enough Oilcan. I did a better one, but the one you list has the main parts.


All I would add is the shocks will not "over extend" or come apart. They have locks that keep them together. On the rear, I put the bike on a jack and lift it till the tires are just touching the ground. At this point the rear shocks will be fully extended, but the wheels will not be pulling down on them either. The top collars are the ones that squeak. If you do not want to remove the shocks from the a arms you can just work on the tops. Un-bolt, move shock eye where you can get at it and you can fix it from that point. The fronts are just as easy to remove the entire shock.
 
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