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    Bonking ... not feelin' well SJ FSR '04 Shock Link failure

    Hi!

    Has this happened to anyone?

    Shock link.jpg

    Was it covered by warranty? Or what happened?

    It's a '04 SJ FSR Expert Disc. I replaced bearings and bushings in October 2005. I used a torque wrench to the specified values.

    The lower eye bolt sheared right off and other bolts (and the bearings) were damaged. I actually did not notice what had happened until I washed the bike after riding.

    I'm worried that threads got damaged in the frame and/or the chainstay.

    Cheers, Hans

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    This is the first time I've read of something like this happening. Hopefully SJ will warranty your issue.

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    I had that happen to me on my 03 Enduro. I used to let the bushings develop more play than they should, which would lead to the bolt that goes through the linkage and the bottom shock eye breaking (I think I must have broken that bolt at least twice a year over 4 seasons). That would lead to the link being weakened, which led to what you see there.

    In summary: make sure your shock bushings are tight, and replace them often (search this forum, there's a thread on how to do that here somewhere..) That should save your bolts, and your links.

    Specialized did replace my link, but I got a used one that they must have pulled off another warrantied frame. I wasn't too rimpressed.

    Good luck with that...
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    woah, scarey. Both my friend and I have bent those linkage bolts (warrantied by spec w/o problems though). I'll have to keep a close eye on it though..

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    That seems like such an odd place for a failure. The only thing I can think of is when I redid all my bearings and put the rear triangle back together the seat stays were cocked a little to the left. I had to pull the seat stays to the center to get the link in. I mentioned this on the board and got responces that this is not uncommon. I wonder if there is some torsional load in the link somewhere?

    Ive had mine since mid 04 w/ moderate riding and have had no issues

    wayne
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