Mad Dog said:I swap at least twice a year and I've found the easiest way is to use a lift. If you don't have one then use blocks under the center of the frame. Make sure it's high enough to get the rear end off the ground. It's easier to remove axle and carrier first unless you don't need to swap these parts. First I find the point where the rear shock isn't putting a strain on the linkage and then remove either the linkage bolts (frame and swingarm) or the shock bolts (top and bottom). You can leave the linkage connected to the frame but IMO it's more difficult to work around, just put that bolt back in first during assembly.
Then I loosen and remove the swingarm bolt while the swingarm is either held by someone else or blocked up. Just be careful not to drop the swingarm on yourself. If you're taking everything apart don't forget the brake and parking brake (if equipped) cables.