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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2012 7:56 pm 
aka Leo Swayer
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On my Dirtworks project the holes for mounting the rear shock to the frame and the linkage are for an M6 bolt.
Virtually everything available shock wise that is half decent uses M8 bolts.
So should i;
A) Sleeve the bushes in the shock to take an M6 bolt instead of an M8?
B) Drill the frame and linkage to suit an M8 bolt?

From an engineering point of view there is enough metal in the right areas to allow for option B.

What do you think folks?


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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2012 8:09 pm 
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Id still go with sleeve.


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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2012 8:13 pm 
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cyfa2809 wrote:
Id still go with sleeve.


I agree


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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2012 8:39 pm 
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Sleeve. That way you can revert to original specs if you ever find an original shock.


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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2012 10:10 pm 
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tf tuned sell the sleeves mike :wink: or you could use a shock bolt from a bso and cut the head off one side , shorten it to the right length and re-tap the threads on that side :wink:


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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2012 8:47 am 
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Just been through this with my 98 FSR

New shock has 8mm hole, frame takes 6mm bolt

8mm OD steel pipe from B&Q with a 1mm wall thickness, job done.

I was lucky and found a meter of the stuff in a bargin bin as it had a little bit of rust on one end, it meant it only cost me about £1.63 instead of the £2odd

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:


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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2012 8:11 pm 
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Aw, i was soo looking forward to getting my drill out :lol: :lol: :lol:


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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2012 9:13 pm 
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Pics. I want an update on your thread!


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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2012 11:33 pm 
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Shock mounting hardware ("top hat" spacers etc) is frame specific, not shock specific. TF, BETD or someone should be able to furnish you with the right sized bits.


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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 10:27 am 
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They will never be as cheap as £1.63 though :D


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