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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 11:56 pm 
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Totally grateful to you guys for answering my novice questions :)
I've learnt quite a bit over the last few days since deciding to update the bike.

Btw, found what I was looking for in regard to frame geometry thanks to Twain here:
http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewto ... &start=330


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 12:15 am 
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5mm will make stuff all difference in this scenario and as said can all be taken up by sag.

Mindmap, Theres a few different things you can do with SXs which improve over the stock setup. The main thing to watch is for the links binding up either on each other or the shock body. I think you could run an 8.5x2.5 and maintain travel with a slightly slacker head angle which would be a good thing...up to 2.5 wide the tyre should clear. I have mocked it up in the workshop and it seems fine but never ridden this setup (also tried the same thing with 8.75x2.75 instead of 9x2.75 in my '08 SX-Trail and that did work well, transformed the handling, much more mini-DH, although I only did it with a crusty old manitou shock for proof of concept).


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 7:46 am 
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shogun wrote:
5mm will make stuff all difference in this scenario and as said can all be taken up by sag.

Mindmap, Theres a few different things you can do with SXs which improve over the stock setup. The main thing to watch is for the links binding up either on each other or the shock body. I think you could run an 8.5x2.5 and maintain travel with a slightly slacker head angle which would be a good thing...up to 2.5 wide the tyre should clear. I have mocked it up in the workshop and it seems fine but never ridden this setup (also tried the same thing with 8.75x2.75 instead of 9x2.75 in my '08 SX-Trail and that did work well, transformed the handling, much more mini-DH, although I only did it with a crusty old manitou shock for proof of concept).


Cheers for that. Mines an 05 and to be honest I quite like my DHX Air, it works pretty well since being serviced. I'd quite like to try it with a coil shock, but the only one I could find in the stupid size is a Cane Creek DB, which are crazy money.

My only concern with running a shorter shock would be that the BB would be too low. I'm running it in its lowest setting as it is and get a few rock strikes. I guess I could always put it in the steeper mode to try and compensate. Hmmmm.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 2:15 pm 
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your old mounting kit should be fine

also the shock was taken off my ground control extreme which is the same as your enduro

fit it upside down with shaft at seatpost end, i also positioned the valves so they wont touch frame


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 4:00 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Thanks Mick!

I can't actually remove the mounts from the top eyelet of my old shock.

Is there a trick to doing this or is brute force the way? (don't want to damage them)

Thanks!


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 4:39 pm 
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ZeeSaffa wrote:
Thanks Mick!

I can't actually remove the mounts from the top eyelet of my old shock.

Is there a trick to doing this or is brute force the way? (don't want to damage them)

Thanks!

spray some wd40 on the mount then try a allan key/ flat screwdriver wrapped in a rag

the allan key/ screwdriver go in the bolt hole jammed by the rag


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