TOOLS & SETUP that I used.
Not that I am an expert on this (my first one), but maybe help someone wanting to do their own kit.
-- I only needed or used a 14MM Box End (Bolt Side) and 17MM Socket (Nut Side), and long bar and ratchets as needed. Nuts screw off by hand once you get them started.
- I put the bike on the center stand with the center stand on a 1 1/4 thick board (gives more room to work). Plus, I really lucked out as when I put two boards (1 1/4 each) under the rear wheel, it was a snug fit and there was no resistance to removing the bolts and old plates.
-- I tied the Front Brake Lever "ON" to make sure bike did not roll off center stand as I worked on the lowering kit.
Thought about taking Muffler off for more room - Glad I did not as worked OK with out doing that. I used 14MM Box End wrench on chain side to hold the bolt (Box End stays on better) and 17 MM Socket on the Nut to break them loose (not a lot of torque required).
Nuts removed from the right side and bolts pushed back a bit. Like I said, lucked out as no tension on the bolts with the two boards under the rear wheel and Center Stand on a board.
Removed Right Side (Muffler Side) plate.
Compared old Right Side Plate to the new Right Side Plate. PANIC -- the dang holes don't line up. Dumb Me - no problem as I found out later when installing new plates. :-)
Removing Left Side (Chain Side) old plates. Bolts pull out from this side (finger pull if no tension on them). You can see one partially out. Sorry Blurred this one a bit and third bolt is behind the chain.
This bottom link (swings) is attached to the lower hole in the plate and drops down (swings where you need it to be, but you have to raise and lower the rear wheel when installing the new plate