Found this info about shock fitting while I was looking for a pic of E Link,
http://www.risseracing.com/applications ... ctions.htm
Installation Directions for the Santa Cruz Tazmon Damper
A Put the damper on like it looked when you first got the bike, but keep all of the bolts loose for now. The eyelet (with the air valve) goes to the rear, the clamp on the body goes in the middle with the cable guide hole to the rider's left. With all the bolts on loose, continue to step B.
B Sit on the bike to set the bolts in their natural position. This is important because a bolt tightened out of place can inhibit the damper's performance.
C Sit on the seat or lean on it with your chest when you tighten the back bolt and the front bolts. They need that weight to hold them in the proper spot when you tighten the front bolts on the body.
D The rear bolt bolts through the E-link, which must be able to rotate slightly as the damper compresses. The bolt should not be too tight.
E When you tighten the middle bolt, just make it a gentle hand tight. It should be able to slip a little if it needs too. Don't worry: the middle and rear bolts don’t have to be really tight to do their job.
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Seems like very specific instructions to ensure shock and E Link can work properly. I'd have a wee check to make sure previous owner hadn't "tightened" all the bolts.