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    Klein palomino parts

    My friend's palomino rear shock isn't holding air. Also, the lower linkage has some play. Does anyone know where I can find parts for this bike? I'm not interested in the expensive maverick upgrade, just to get this bike up and running as cheaply as possible.

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    I am not sure how much cheaper it will be to try and find bushings for the linkage compared to the monolink upgrade. If you want to do it cheap then you should probably find where you can buy seals for the shock. Maverick might tell you what the o-ring sizes are and so forth.

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    I recently had the same problem with my Palomino shock not holding air. Had the shock serviced but then later found that the body of the shock (magnesium) was cracked and letting out air. I did a temporary fix using sealing tape and an automotive hose clip until I could find and replace the whole body with an aluminum shock. No problems since. Try taking the damper unit out first and cleaning the seals, as explained in the Maverick shock service manuals.

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    I haven't really taken a close look at the bike yet. I do know that the wiper/seal popped out of this shock at least once. I can't imagine that that wiper is supposed to hold any really pressure so I'm guessing that means that something below it is leaking.

    I have an email out to Maverick asking about a seal kit.

    I'll have to get off my but and open it up.

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    If you clean up the main seal (below the wiper) and then find that the shock is still losing air then be prepared for a cracked body. Mine was cracked just above the air inlet valve, the large protrusion on the front of the shock body. Use soapy water to see air bubbles to confirm. My shock only leaked air with weight on the bike that opened up the crack.

    Regarding the monolink, I updated mine to the Maverick when they made that available. Before I did that though, I replaced the bushings once. They have Trek part numbers and may still be stocked in some warehouse in Waterloo, MI. Ask at a Trek dealer.

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    I was in the same position looking to upgrade (my rear shock was working ok...) and after I did the math it was only a couple hundred $$$ more to find a used actual Maverick frame - in my case a good deal on an ML8. Bar none the ML8 is the nicest bike I've ever owned and one of the nicest riding bikes I've ever ridden. Period.

    For example:
    MAVERICK ML7 full suspension mtb frame 4-inch travel XC/Trail bike | eBay

    MAVERICK M7 Mountain Bike FOX XTR Disc Only Frame Medium M952 9 speed FS IS | eBay

    So for the $400 - 600 on a used ML7 / Durance frame, parts swap from the Palomino over, then sell the Palomino frame for a couple hundred - your friend may only be into the whole project for a couple hundred.

    Is it some work? yes. Is it worth it? Overwhelmingly yes.

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    I may have some bits depending on what you need. The Maverick link is discontinued. An extremely worthwhile upgrade. I'm getting ready to sell my frame, would rather do so as a package, but if you know what you need let me know, maybe I can help.

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    re: musicguy. Interested in the rear linkage or possibly the whole frame. Have a 2003 Palomino with the original Klein setup that has a lot of slop in it. What size and year to you have?

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    palomino-maverick link

    hey music Guy, do you have the maverick link and are willing to part with it. I am seriously desperate for it. Please text me @ 847-650-8068 or anyone that may have it. I am in Illinois near chicago

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    I have a Klein/Trek Palomino monolink(not Maverick) and bushings that I took off my Palomino.
    Let me know if any one is interested. Make me an offer.

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    I have original link in good shape and a Maverick that some of the threads are a little tired, but maybe useable and/or fixable.

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    Is the maverick the linkage upgrade for the palomino? Please text @ (847)658-8068

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    If anyone needs the maverick upgrades let me know. I have a couple that are brand new that I never installed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gtwnu View Post
    If anyone needs the maverick upgrades let me know. I have a couple that are brand new that I never installed.
    Still gots?

    Cheers!

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    Grrr...

    Quote Originally Posted by skeeter1 View Post
    Still gots?

    Cheers!
    Need 10 posts to send a PM....ugh...

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    sorry-just saw this-I'm afraid it's gone now.

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    Thanks anyway!

    If anybody has access to one of these, reply!

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    New Maverick Monolinks

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    Thanks anyway!

    If anybody has access to one of these, reply!

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    I recently upgraded the original magnesium link on my Maverick ML7 to the newer/latest alloy one. Ethan Franklin had some made and may have still have them available, I believe they will work for the Klein Palomino but I am not 100% sure. Contact him at mavericksuspension@gmail.com.

    If you are interested in my old link, shoot me a PM and I will send you a couple of pictures.

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    Rats. Can't PM yet.

    Quote Originally Posted by g_henrys View Post
    I recently upgraded the original magnesium link on my Maverick ML7 to the newer/latest alloy one. Ethan Franklin had some made and may have still have them available, I believe they will work for the Klein Palomino but I am not 100% sure. Contact him at <removed email address because ya can't even post those yet...Nice>

    If you are interested in my old link, shoot me a PM and I will send you a couple of pictures.

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    So I'll just clutter up the thread with useless posts.

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    They are not useless if they are enabling you to do a PM right?

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    I like your way of thinking!

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    Now if I could only remember why I wanted to PM....

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    Hi there, I have a ML-7; is there a linkage that will give me more travel and do you have one that I can nick from you?

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    @skeeter1 - I just ran into the same thing so now I'll have to post randomly just like you to send a PM...

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    Brilliant policy, no?

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    Quote Originally Posted by joby View Post
    Hi there, I have a ML-7; is there a linkage that will give me more travel and do you have one that I can nick from you?
    Not really, one could of course do custom. I remember asking Ethan if I could stick an ml7.5 rear on a palomino, but he said it would not bolt up.

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    I have an ML7, 7_5, and Durance. I swapped some of the rear triangles and don't remember a problem. The dimension from the front mono bolt to the pivot bolt is the same on all of them. The angle looks the same.

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    I have a brand-new Palomino linkage cluttering up the garage.

    Bought a Palomino frame on closeout and did the Maverick upgrade link from the start.

    If anyone is still looking for Palo bushings or the linkage, I can totally help out. PM for details!

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    I still have a upgrade kit. Shoot me a pm.

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    Us$341.66
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    Can't PM because you have not enough posts.
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    Crazy. Sure wish somebody would machine some new ones....I know it is expensive to tool up for such a thing..."sigh"

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    Man, Id sure buy one if I had the money, but Im skint T_T

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    Gentleman ; I am a new member here in the Forum ! Not that I want anyone to get bored , but I am looking for the Palomino-Upgrade from Maverick and/or the D-link as well. Any thoughts where to get it from ?! Any feedback welcome - of course !! CHEERS.

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    Ethan- yes? Or eBay...

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    Hello RockitJeff , well : I droped Mr Ethan Franklin a message without any response yet. and E-Bay seems pretty sold out. I was hoping that someone here might help me out !? So still : Any feedback welcome , search your cellars, garages and stores and let me know if you want to sell the D-Link and/or the Upgrade Kit !!

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    New Maverick Klein Palomino Monolink Upgrade Kit MTB DH Black MSRP $250 | eBay
    These tend to go for 3-400$ so get your wallet out.
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    Hello all. I am looking at purchasing a used Palomino but am afraid to after reading this thread. Did anyone find a solid resolution to stock parts and/or the Maverick link?

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    I have a bunch of Palomino parts and frame halves. PM me if you are looking for some stuff.

    To the OP, developing slop over time is normal. If you have slop then just put in a new set of top hats per the Klein Tech Sheet on the matter. Don't cheat the process, so yes that means buying Loctite 680 is necessary.

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    urt frame bushing/upgrade link avail.

    interested in a few tophat bushings of part # 950269 if you know a reliable source.also has anyone machined the org. klein lower link to accept a sealed roller bearing? UPDATE.......Just ordered the mav.link so their must be a new batch produced.as mentioned contact Ethan at Maverick.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Klein palomino parts-trek-urt-bushing.jpg  

    Last edited by 02_NRS; 07-11-2014 at 03:36 PM.

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    Hi, I'm new to mtbr, but old to mountain biking. Have an old Palomino, need to rebuild rear bushings. Do you still have parts? Thanks.

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    ethan@mavericksuspension.com
    email Ethan, he might have something for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gray_b View Post
    Hi, I'm new to mtbr, but old to mountain biking. Have an old Palomino, need to rebuild rear bushings. Do you still have parts? Thanks.
    I have a new linkage with bushings and bolts. Will sell at a reasonable price.

    Klein palomino parts-img_20140711_175842.jpg

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    Thanks, yes can I call you to discuss?

    Thanks, yes can I call you to discuss?

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    I'm confused. Does Trek still sell replacement bushings? Are the Monolink upgrades still available (I thought they weren't but just above 02_NRS said he just got a brand-new one)?

    I'm looking to get my Palomino back on the trails but won't throw good money at it if there are no longer maintenance parts available.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schwa72 View Post
    I'm confused. Does Trek still sell replacement bushings? Are the Monolink upgrades still available (I thought they weren't but just above 02_NRS said he just got a brand-new one)?

    I'm looking to get my Palomino back on the trails but won't throw good money at it if there are no longer maintenance parts available.

    Thanks in advance!
    I compared new bikes, also rode a maverick monolink, liked it so decided to rebuild my Palomino. Ethan at Maverick was able to find a Palomino monolink for me with new bearings, etc., I'd try him first. Trek does not sell the bushings any longer but you may find some out there. ebay. If you go with the monolink though you won't have to replace bushings again ... problem fixed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gray_b View Post
    I compared new bikes, also rode a maverick monolink, liked it so decided to rebuild my Palomino. Ethan at Maverick was able to find a Palomino monolink for me with new bearings, etc., I'd try him first. Trek does not sell the bushings any longer but you may find some out there. ebay. If you go with the monolink though you won't have to replace bushings again ... problem fixed.
    Great, thanks. I emailed Ethan but maybe I'll call him too. I've also emailed Trek's customer service but I'm a little bummed that a bike with a lifetime frame warranty is evidently scrap after 10 years. I've barely ridden my bike since '06!

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    If you are in europe you can mail Alpatech ,maybe they can help you
    ALPA’TECH Maverick Service Center

    They have been very kind answering my emails.

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