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Configuring Rear Shock

Discussion in 'Downhill & Freeride' started by clandestine, Oct 27, 2005.

  1. clandestine

    clandestine Monkey

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    I'm looking to replace my shock right now, i have a manitou metal rp
    what do i need to consider
    how do i measure it,
    and what does 300lbs 400lbs actually refer too and how do i find the right one

    thanks
     

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  2. Dirtbike

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    Shock lengths are measured in Eye-to-eye(i2i, e2e, etc.) and stroke. The eye-to-eye is the length of the shock uncompressed, measured between the center of the shock eyelets. The stroke is just that; the stroke. You cant substitute other sizes or you may end up with your swingarm hitting your frame, etc.

    Ask around for people who have had experience with your frame, as some external reservoir shocks may not clear.

    The 300lbs refers to the spring rate: 300lbs/inch means that it takes 300 lbs of force to compress the spring one inch. If you are not getting enough sag, you may want a softer spring.