so i thought when i picked up the first green one that i had a lead on a useable shock, as the original was blown and needed a rebuild. that fell through and so i put the project on hold. then by chance i found an advert for an 18" mantis that looked in really good condition and started asking if the lower swing arm for the rear triangle were interchangeable. i was told yes that they were for all gen and sizes. i thought great, i could kill two birds with one stone as i needed a working shock and needed to eventually repair a fine crack on the lower swing arm of the rear triangle before it became terminal. upon quick inspection, it seems both top and bottom swing arms are the same length, which i find odd given different sized frames. I thought at most the lower would be and the top being the variable in the equation for accommodating larger frames.
real shame that this blue one is a 18" as it is in very fine condition. if my size, i would have just built it up and ride it as it's very clean, with little signs of wear and tear. not sure what the condition the shock is in yet. hoping it's in decent working condition, otherwise i'll be rebuilding two shocks.
if anyone can shed some details, i welcome any insight and advice. i know that i can send them back to noleen to rebuild them at about $100 a pop. i've serviced my Amp fork/frame shocks before and this looks kind of familiar, so if i can do it myself i'd like to give it a try.