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I looked over the manual on how to remove and install a rear shock for my 954. I have a spanking new Ohlin's rear shock sprung for my weight and I am ready to install it. I have a couple questions for those of you who have done a rear shock installation. Did you folks install new shock link bearings? Or just reinstall the shock link without servicing it?
 

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Re: Olin rear shock install on 954

I just made sure that everything had a bit of grease and reinstalled the original. Works fine!
 

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Re: Olin rear shock install on 954

Anyone noticed the poor design of the linkages (dogbone/sideplate junction) and the binding between the two? (if not have a close look next time your down that way and you'll notice the scuffing on at least one of the triagualar side plates as the dogbone just merrily floats from side to side) A better setup would have been to have a lip in the the center of the front dogebone collar and a bearing either side to keep it centered or at least a raised concentric area around pivot points of the triangular side plates so as to stop the binding between the two :idunno:
 

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Re: Olin rear shock install on 954

Jungleboy said:
Anyone noticed the poor design of the linkages (dogbone/sideplate junction) and the binding between the two? (if not have a close look next time your down that way and you'll notice the scuffing on at least one of the triagualar side plates as the dogbone just merrily floats from side to side) A better setup would have been to have a lip in the the center of the front dogebone collar and a bearing either side to keep it centered or at least a raised concentric area around pivot points of the triangular side plates so as to stop the binding between the two :idunno:
This is normal. I really had deep groves on my VFR side plates. I just replaced them after 40,000 miles. If they are bad, replace them, otherwise you are good to go.
 

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Re: Olin rear shock install on 954

Yes I have noticed, I did change my bearing because one of them was a little loose, my triangular plates where grooved as well I reversed them so that the groove would be outside
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Anyone noticed the poor design of the linkages (dogbone/sideplate junction) and the binding between the two? (if not have a close look next time your down that way and you'll notice the scuffing on at least one of the triagualar side plates as the dogbone just merrily floats from side to side) A better setup would have been to have a lip in the the center of the front dogebone collar and a bearing either side to keep it centered or at least a raised concentric area around pivot points of the triangular side plates so as to stop the binding between the two :idunno:
 

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Re: Olin rear shock install on 954

sorry to resurrect an old thread but did you guys also use thread lock and take off the exhaust to do the install?
 
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