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    Play in Santa Cruz Linkage.

    Hi I have a Santa Cruz XC blur 06 which when you pick the seat up by the seat post you can feel play in the linkage. I have checked all the barrings and also have changed the bushings on the shock yet the play is still there. I'm starting to think its a charateristic of the frame doesn't affect the ride but is just very annoying. Has anybody else had this problem and how do you fix it thanks.

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    Read their maintenance page - you need to shorten the axles 1-2 mm (the ones that spin after being tightened) and re-torque to spec. IF your bearings aren't shot (NO side to side play).

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    There's no sideways play in the linkage just up and down have already stripe down and bearings look fine how would I short'n the axels with a file? Could you put up a link for the mantenice page as I'm new here and still find my way around the site thanks.

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    check your lower link for wear, if it's wore out get a new one and shorten your axles by 1-2 mm.
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    Whats the best way of shortning the axel

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    dremil or hack saw
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    weird

    my new 08 nomad that i got for christmas has a similar problem, when i pick it up by the seatpost I get slight play. I thought it was just the way it was but , it's at the shop now, my lyrik is off for service. Looks like when I get it back I got more work to do.
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    I had the same problem. It was caused by the link becoming worn and into a 'oval' shape rather than a 'sphere'. Therefor picking up that seat caused minor (and very annoying) play in the whole suspension.

    I went through the same process: change bearings, check shock...but in the end changing out the link for a new one fixed it right away!

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    Taken bike into Goldtec today their going to replace lower axels on it should get it back tommorow see if it'll cure the problem.Thanks for the help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jizzy
    Hi I have a Santa Cruz XC blur 06 which when you pick the seat up by the seat post you can feel play in the linkage. I have checked all the barrings and also have changed the bushings on the shock yet the play is still there. I'm starting to think its a charateristic of the frame doesn't affect the ride but is just very annoying. Has anybody else had this problem and how do you fix it thanks.
    check the DU bushing on your shock - it could be worn and be the cause. This has happened to me twice in the course of by Blur ownership.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmannx
    check the DU bushing on your shock - it could be worn and be the cause. This has happened to me twice in the course of by Blur ownership.
    He said he just changed the shock bushings!

    Assuming those are fine it almost ALWAYS is the front shock pivot bolt if you can feel slop at the seat (can tell if it spins freely even after tightened to spec (90 in/lbs). Shorten by 1mm using a dremel tool and GOOD2GO!

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    If the axles are to long it can cause the wear to happen sooner.
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    I've taken the drawing in of the axel Goldtec are making the parts for me and fitting.thanks for your help.

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    What are they making for you?
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    blut lt2 play

    I've had my blur lt2 for 2 weeks today, about 8 rides on it, nothing serious either. I notice there is some play in the bushing where the 'seatstay' end of the rear triangle fits into the carbon link. I can lift the bike by the seat and see it move. Think the long axle problem is to blame?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ritter
    I've had my blur lt2 for 2 weeks today, about 8 rides on it, nothing serious either. I notice there is some play in the bushing where the 'seatstay' end of the rear triangle fits into the carbon link. I can lift the bike by the seat and see it move. Think the long axle problem is to blame?
    Probably not. I have the same thing. It appears it is the reducer in the shock. This is a recurring problem in Blurs and it f'n sucks balls. I just let it roll and I'll get around to changing it out whenever I feel like it. Why, because it will feel the same way in about 5 rides anyway. It doesn't seem to hurt anything. Sure, I can feel the rear end move a bit when I lift the bike from the saddle...but that doesn't mean dick when I am riding. Seems it is just one of the dues we have to pay to play the game that is riding SC bikes...

    I'd love to find a solution to this problem...I am all ears. But really...I don't care.
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    They are making the bottom linkage axels and checking the linkage and barring also.They manufacture pritty much anything for you if you ask nicely.And there only a mile away from my house.Go to www.betd.co.uk there web site thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by indyfab25
    Probably not. I have the same thing. It appears it is the reducer in the shock. This is a recurring problem in Blurs and it f'n sucks balls. I just let it roll and I'll get around to changing it out whenever I feel like it. Why, because it will feel the same way in about 5 rides anyway. It doesn't seem to hurt anything. Sure, I can feel the rear end move a bit when I lift the bike from the saddle...but that doesn't mean dick when I am riding. Seems it is just one of the dues we have to pay to play the game that is riding SC bikes...

    I'd love to find a solution to this problem...I am all ears. But really...I don't care.

    There is no play in the shock bushing. There is play where the rear triangle goes into the link. The shock and rear triangle are completely separate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ritter
    There is no play in the shock bushing. There is play where the rear triangle goes into the link. The shock and rear triangle are completely separate.
    Shorten that pivot axle by 1mm and no more play.
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    indyfab25 and ritter if you have play in your lower link and you don't make your axles shorter you will need a new link and it will happen all over again. Not sure this is true on the LT2. I'm assuming your axle bolts are tight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by biketuna
    indyfab25 and ritter if you have play in your lower link and you don't make your axles shorter you will need a new link and it will happen all over again. Not sure this is true on the LT2. I'm assuming your axle bolts are tight.
    The play in mine is in the upper link. The bolts are tight.

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    Likewise,
    And as stated, it is because of the shock reducers.
    I am immune to your disdain.

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    Ok, this is where my linkage has play. Plain as day to see there is play when lifting the seat, and unless I'm mistaken this is not a shock reducer. Either way, kind of disappointing for an expensive bike.
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    Yup,
    That is the reducer doin the jig. Replace the shock reducers and blam...no more play. Ride it for a week...blam! Play is back. You should be able to see where it is moving in where the reducers press into the shock eyelet.
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    I feel that "play" on both my classic blur and my new lT2, the real question, does it really need to be fixed or can it just stay this way ?

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