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MXA WRENCH TECH: HOW TO INSTALL A NEW RISING RATE SHOCK LINKAGE ARM

NECESSARY ITEMS: ? Red Loc-Tite ? Lint-free rag ? Torque wrench ? Waterproof grease ? Appropriate open-ended wrenches TIME TO COMPLETE: 15-20 minutes We?ve said it time and again; it’s best to work on a clean bike. This is especially important when installing a new link arm, as bearings and spacers could become contaminated. Also, it’s much easier to replace a link arm with the help of a friend. As with any installation procedure, work slowly and don?t skip steps. STEP 1 With the bike on a stand, locate…

THIS MUCH WE KNOW! MXA’S GUIDE TO SHOCK LINKAGE LENGTHS

One of the simplest and most common tuning tips is swapping out shock linkages. Going to a longer link not only moves the starting point of the shock travel higher into the rising-rate stroke, but it also lowers the rear of the bike. The combined effect is a bike that sits lower, especially when you raise the forks in sync with the lower rear end, and stays higher in its shock stroke. This is an especially good mod for riders on the cusp of having to go to the next stiffest spring rate (or for bikes tha…

MXA PRODUCT TEST: PRO CIRCUIT KX450F LINKAGE AND REVALVE

WHAT IS IT? An aftermarket shock linkage and shock revalve for the 2006 Kawasaki KX450F that alters the rising rate, lowers the seat height and mitigates bottoming.
WHAT’S IT COST? $184.95 (linkage), $149.95 (shock revalve) and $7.95 (shock oil)(951) 738-8050. www.procircuit.com     WHAT’S IT DO? Every MXA test rider has concerns about the rear suspension of the 2006 KX450F. In stock trim, it wallows (sways under acceleration), bottoms (so hard that it can break the rear fe…