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Shock eyelet bearing install?

6thElement

Schrodinger's Immigrant
Jul 29, 2008
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I got a near new 2021 DPX2 for Festivus to make me stick with my current trail bike another year. I haven't ridden it yet, but I'm already pondering installing an Endure needle bearing kit for the top eyelet rather than the normal 5 piece Fox kit.

Are special tools required to install the needle bearing?

edit: I have an old DU bushing tool somewhere if that can be used as the install guide...
 
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lobsterCT

Monkey
Jun 23, 2015
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needle roller tool.jpg


I dug out some tools to check for you. I compared the green/blue RWC tools to an old tool that I used for old fox/RS eyelets. Diameters are different, so looks like not the same functionality.

When you press in the needle bearing, be very gentle. It is pretty easy to deform them slightly. I also needed to order side shims from McMaster Carr for a perfect fit. The .5 MM one size fits all shim from RWC doesn't cover all the bases.