Ok, where were we? Oh yeah: digging into the shock body itself. This will all happen from the bottom of the shock body, so let's invert the shock and firmly clamp the upper mount in the padded vise. Notice I have my air pistol and hatchet at the ready in case anything really
crazy comes out of this thing.
We are going to use the half-moon openings in the cap to tap it off with a punch. This cap serves no purpose other than to cover the seal head. There is not even an o-ring between it and the shaft. This is a press fit as well and should require effort and technique similar to extracting the bladder. Calmly walking it out from both sides. The punch (even a brass one) will dig into the aluminum cap some, but that's life in the big city. I suppose if you had some hard plastic or nylon punches you might avoid marring the half-moons.
And off comes the cap, revealing the seal head and the circlip that holds it in. While you can see this circlip better than the one re. the bladder, we still need to tap the seal head down a touch for clearance to get it out.
The seal head may be pretty tight. Here I really like a brass punch, and work my way around with a "lots of little taps" attitude. Some WD40 might not hurt either. This thing hasn't seen the light of day for a while.
And there is the circlip...Given that this one is recessed more and has the shaft in the way, I've had the best luck extracting with a smallish non-phillips screw driver as once I get the circlip pried away from the wall, it seems to want to slide up the screwdriver more readily, as opposed to a dental tool. Again, be patient. Getting this circlip out is probably the most frustrating part of the whole project. You can get behind it, but man, it sure does want to snap right back in that groove, doesn't it?
Now we are ready to yank out the shock guts. Everything is nutted onto the shock shaft, so nothing should be flying out here. Make sure the shock body it firmly clamped, and wiggle the shaft, etc. out of the shock body. You can see that my right hand is pulling up and wiggling while my left helps keep the wiggles focused and gives some nice extra up oomph via thumb pressure.
Lo and behold, we have separation. Yuk. That is some nasty oil.
Here's what we have after applying the other half of our can of carb cleaner. See, there's really hardly anything to this thing. Congrats again, you are now finished with disassembly, unless you are going to get fancy and mess with the shim stack. If that's the case, you should already know everything you've just read and then some.
Unless you're feeling adventurous, don't go losing anything until I have a chance to do the write-up on reassembly...