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post #1 of 16 Old 01-13-2017, 02:02 PM Thread Starter
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Do I need the rear shock link to upgrade 650 to 1000 shock

I searched and couldn't find if it was a direct swap, or if I need the link from DL1000 to make the shock fit.

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It's a direct swap. Vees and Wees use the same link. The Vee shock is a little longer so your seat height will be a little taller.
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is that one shot? the rod to the right looks pretty chewed up. Just wondering.

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is that one shot? the rod to the right looks pretty chewed up. Just wondering.
That's just a picture I got off the web to show what was referring to.

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It's a direct swap. Vees and Wees use the same link. The Vee shock is a little longer so your seat height will be a little taller.
Thank's for the quick reply.

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The ugly example is how mine looks after 90K miles. I need rework the bearings.
I wonder how much better the rebuilt shock will feel with new bearings in the link?
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The ugly example is how mine looks after 90K miles. I need rework the bearings.
I wonder how much better the rebuilt shock will feel with new bearings in the link?
Good point, better replacing them while I have it in pieces.

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Good point, better replacing them while I have it in pieces.
You might be more talented than me but when I refurb'd my rear suspension I got new bearings and tried to pull the old bearings from the cushion (Japanese for "shock") lever and made a mess. I had a bearing puller (hammer type) and it ripped out the needle bearings but left the outer race stuck in the cushion lever. The race is very thin and hard to get out without the lip that holds in the needle bearings. I called some mechanics and they were reluctant to try after I botched the job and (probably over) quoted high estimates to get me out of the jam. I found a low-mileage part-out on craigslist and just replaced the whole cushion lever, bearings and all. Soooo... after that long saga, my advice is that if you don't have a bearing press take it to a mechanic who does.
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You might be more talented than me but when I refurb'd my rear suspension I got new bearings and tried to pull the old bearings from the cushion (Japanese for "shock") lever and made a mess. I had a bearing puller (hammer type) and it ripped out the needle bearings but left the outer race stuck in the cushion lever. The race is very thin and hard to get out without the lip that holds in the needle bearings. I called some mechanics and they were reluctant to try after I botched the job and (probably over) quoted high estimates to get me out of the jam. I found a low-mileage part-out on craigslist and just replaced the whole cushion lever, bearings and all. Soooo... after that long saga, my advice is that if you don't have a bearing press take it to a mechanic who does.
Thanks for pointing that out. I will inspect it and if I think it needs replacing then I will shop it out.

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I made a goof rebuilding the forks and put the upper bushing in too soon. I used a torch to heat up the lower fork leg and tapped it on the vice and it fell out.
So the good ol' heat wrench can be a friend when pressing bearings or bushings.
As rusty and nasty looking as mine are a good cooking couldn't hurt as a starter. Just to kill the cooties at least.
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