There is an easy way to do everything, but until someone shows you the ropes, you have to flounder. And so it was with trying to remove the 2009 or 2010 Honda CRF450 shock from the frame. We spun wrenches, removed panels and wrestled with the airboot (something you never want to touch on a CRF450). Then, somebody showed us the trick. Now, we are going to show it to you.
STEP 1 The best way to start is to remove the seat and the right side panel. Once you have the side panel off, go ahead and remove the muffler and the mid-pipe. The head pipe can stay in place.
STEP 3 In order to pull the shock out of the right side of the frame, you will have to remove the subframe bolts from the top of the frame.
STEP 4 Take the bottom subframe bolts out of both sides of the bike, but do not loosen the rubber airboot from the throttle body. You will not be removing the subframe, only pushing it to the left side by a few inches.
STEP 5 Push the subframe to the left to make room on the right side of the bike. Then, grab the shock by its reservoir and wiggle it out through the opening on the right side of the frame. STEP 2 Unbolt the top shock bolt and then remove the bottom shock bolt. Once the shock is free, take the shock linkage arm off so that the shock can be moved down without hitting the linkage.
HOW TO REMOVE A 2009-10 HONDA CRF450 SHOCK