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Old 11-18-2012, 11:27 AM
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Does anyone know if using a shorter link to add suspension height on a wee will also add suspension travel. I am about to purchase a 2012 or 13 650 and I am an eternal modifier, especially suspensions. I am hoping to eventually have 7" front and back and install Race Tech components for dampening improvements. The simplest rear increase would be to use a 1" raising link if it will provide the additional travel, otherwise I will take the shock apart and see if there is any spacers I can remove to allow increased travel.
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Old 11-18-2012, 11:42 AM
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Raising links do not add suspension travel.
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Old 11-18-2012, 04:15 PM
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I've heard that changing the link length changes the effective "lever arm", so your suspension may "feel" different.
A shorter lever will need more applied force than a longer one to compress the spring/ shock a given length.

So, while you won't gain travel, you'll change the rate and may use more or less travel than before the change - all else equal. Shorter link raises bike, shortens lever arm (acts like a higher rate spring); longer link lowers bike, lengthens lever arm (acts like lower rate).

Would love for someone to confirm or deny this.
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Old 11-18-2012, 04:31 PM
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Yes the shorter link changes the damping rate, but not enough to really notice on the stock shock.

I just put my 40mm (1 1/2") risers back in cos everything scrapes with the standard ride height dogbones in
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Old 11-18-2012, 06:27 PM
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I've heard the shorter link effectively raises the spring rate also. What I can't see is that the travel distance doesn't increase as well. The shock still travels x but the rear wheel travels x times the additional percentage of change in length. How is that wrong?
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Old 11-18-2012, 06:50 PM
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Lowering or Raising the Strom's rear
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