Originally Posted by Gangplank
So did ya need to use a Moto jack to get eight off the swingarm or just raise the rear?
Not sure I understand the question, but I've got a centerstand supporting the bike. Rear tire was just off the ground. I took the nut off of the big long bolt through the suspension links, and lifted the tire/swingarm with one hand while pulling the bolt out. Once the bolt is out, the tire/swingarm rests on the ground, and the links can be swung out of the way of the lower shock bolt.
If you haven't already, plan on replacing the long bolt with a stronger replacement. I think I used a grade 12.9 bolt from McMaster-carr when I replaced it a couple of years ago. The stock bolt has a habit of bending and/or breaking in rough usage.