If you partially slide out the bushing the exhaust does not have to be loosened. The bolt comes right out. Here is a link if you have to do it next time:Okay, finally got the damn thing out. Length of time was due more to weather/Covid 19/ and general lack of desire, than mechanical ability. Yikes, way more trouble than it should have been. It wouldn't come out through the top the way I thought it should so I tore half the bike apart just to remove the lower link. (Sorry Chris, the exhaust has to be loosened to do this) So then it wouldn't drop out the bottom. Sure enough, once the lower link is out of the way, the shock can be tilted and pulled out from the top. No way near as easy as removing the old Gerlings from a 70's era 250 Husqvarna. Now to drive it over to Dick's Racing and see if he's interested in rebuilding. I'm hoping the economic slowdown will work in my favor.
bike on center stand, lever under rear wheel. I used large crowbar and small wood block. When sweet spot found the bolts will slide out easily. remove rear link bolt first keep spacer in place. The pressure will now be off the front bolt so slide it with the link untill it contacks the exhaust...
You could but why? Yamaha engineered it that way for easier servicing. If you flip it you will no longer be able to get a ratchet over the nut. The proper way to remove/install fasteners is by turning the nut and holding the bolt in place with a wrench. You will also get false torque readings (if torque wrench is over the bolt). Mechanics 101.Oh, and one more thing. Is there any reason I can't put the bolts for the lower linkage back together inserting them from the right? The main bolt has a keeper but even that might be better installed from the right. Would sure simplify future servicing.