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post #1 of 5 Old 06-23-2007, 04:01 PM Thread Starter
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ebay lowering links... are they durable?

I ordered a set of 1" raising links off of ebay. I installed them today, and the bike sits PERFECT for me. I can just comfortably flat-foot it now without too much extra knee-bend, with these links and the 1000 seat.
I was wondering what you all think of the durability of these links. I'm concerned that they are made of 6061 aluminum, compared to the steel links I took off. Does anyone see this as a potential problem? What about 50,000 miles down the road? I plan to keep this bike for the rest of it's life.

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I ordered a set of 1" raising links off of ebay. I installed them today, and the bike sits PERFECT for me. I can just comfortably flat-foot it now without too much extra knee-bend, with these links and the 1000 seat.
I was wondering what you all think of the durability of these links. I'm concerned that they are made of 6061 aluminum, compared to the steel links I took off. Does anyone see this as a potential problem? What about 50,000 miles down the road? I plan to keep this bike for the rest of it's life.
I dont think they are made of alu. because if so, the "mounting" holes will ware out quite easy as soon as they get the tiniest bit of clearence.
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Yes, they are made of 6061 aluminum.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/SUZUK...spagenameZWDVW

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The links have no bearing surfaces so have no wear areas. They trap the inner needle bearing races. Given the information at http://www.matweb.com/search/Specifi...bassnum=MA6016 and the extra material around the holes, I don't thing they will be a problem.

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I've been using the same links for months now and haven't had a problem. There's a topic on the board somewhere that talks about the ups and downs of the 6061 aluminum links. The general concern was for off-road durability. They were cheap enough to see if you liked the new position, so now you know if it's worth buying the more expensive steel links.

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