I've done it that way a few times. It's just a little easier with the rear wheel assembly out of the way but not necessary to do the job. Just support the rear of the bike via a rod shoved through the swingarm pivot hole to allow the rear suspension to unload. Having a piece of wood to shove under the rear wheel to load up the suspension just a little bit will help you when you start to loosen up the shock linkage bolts & also to help line things up upon reassembly.
I just removed shock and spring on a stick last weekend....just removed the right rearset, both came out easily, though not sure if the stock damper might be more difficult. With rear wheel and hugger on, not a problem.
Also, I don't want to dick with the chain. It & the sprockets are brand new & I dont trust myself to do it all up again & set the sag on the chain correctly :laugh I'd rather not bugger it. But I guess to clean & lube it properly I have to take the chain off the bike anyway ...?
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