the eyelets slide out. thread in the bolt a bit and then hammer it until the bolt starts to slide out then use something else to finish pushing it. as for the shock, don't waste your money on an rp2 - it is uneccessary for this bike. a simple shock is perfect. a fox with no/low compression is ideal. i have an rp2 because i got a good deal on it and it has minimal damping. a regular float would work as well.