I did a quick search, but didn't find a whole lot of detail. I have a Kyle link and Elka shock to put on my RC, but only have a swingarm stand and front lift stand. Are there any home tricks you guys have used like jack stands that I can do to get the shock and link switched out? Is it all pretty straight forward? I'm really looking forward to getting these on finally since my forks just came back from Race Tech. Thanks
If you don't have rigid mounted footpegs, you can put jack stands under the stock rearsets, but it's a tight fit and will make removing the shock a little more difficult. I've never done this as it looked a little precarious from the pictures I've seen. I would buy some bar stock and do like mentioned above before I did that.
You can use a small bottle jack from a car between the rear tire and the rear fender. It actually makes it easier because you can get just the right distance between the shock mounts and not have any tension on the bolts. This also makes it so the swingarm isn't pulling down on the shock. Make sure that the bike is in gear, or use a zip tie to lock the rear brake. I don't use this method as I have jackstands and sato rearsets.
I leave the link attached to the bottom of the shock. It makes it a little harder to get it in and out, but easier to put all the bolts in and you won't have to work around everything to get the bottom bolt in the shock.
Use plenty of waterproof grease on the bolts, as they will be a bitch to get out later if you don't.
Loosen all the nuts while you have weight on the shock.
Use two ratchets with extensions for the top mount bolt. Makes it oh-so-easy.
If you are using the rearset/jackstand combo, put the bike on the front stand too as that will make it more stable.
I use a 2x4 under the tire to pry on and line everything up while putting the new shock in. I don't know what the steps are in the book off hand, but I put the top bolt in first as the lower ones are easier to work with once it's hanging off the top.