Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Posts
    442

    RWC shock eye needle bearings on modern Trannys

    anyone here replaced the bushings on their upper shock mounts with the RWC needle bearing kits? (i have both a Smuggler and a Patrol, wife has a Scout. seriously)

  2. #2
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2014
    Posts
    88
    i replaced mine (only the top bushing) because i had squealing noise.

    I used endurobearing needle kit, 22.2mm size and not 21.8mm as advertised.

    Works great and quietly now, it's even plusher.

    Edit: I changed this on my scout 2015
    Last edited by payze; 06-06-2016 at 08:20 AM.

  3. #3
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Posts
    155
    I put the needle bearings top and bottom on my Patrol (bike had about 300 hours on it when i changed the DU bushings to needle bearings). I wasn't having any trouble with my bushings, but after reading about the new RockShox Superdeluxe, with all the yap/hype about how much better they perform with bearings instead of bushings, I thought it might be worth trying on the Debonair. There is a little less friction in the system, but I can't say its a noticeable difference in the ride. Patrol is pretty awesome either way.

  4. #4
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Posts
    244
    Don't have a transition, but did the needle bearing upgrade on my '11 HiFi Pro and it solved the recurring problems I was having with excessive play/wear in the bushings/spacers. I wouldn't necessarily do this immediately on any new bike, but I will in the future always replace worn bushings/spacers with this upgrade first time for sure. Highly recommended.

  5. #5
    mtbr member
    Reputation: mtbiker040's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    253
    I am so glad I found this post, thank you! I had recently had my LBS do maintenance on my pivots, greased all the pivot axles, liquid lock-tighted the threads etc and but it still makes a slight squeak/creak that we narrowed down to the lower shock mount bushings. Going to give this a shot!!

    thanks again for posting!
    '15 Transition Smuggler

  6. #6
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2014
    Posts
    88
    Quote Originally Posted by mtbiker040 View Post
    I am so glad I found this post, thank you! I had recently had my LBS do maintenance on my pivots, greased all the pivot axles, liquid lock-tighted the threads etc and but it still makes a slight squeak/creak that we narrowed down to the lower shock mount bushings. Going to give this a shot!!

    thanks again for posting!
    Greasing the pivot doesn't last very long unfortunately, you should mesure yourself the width between the shock mounts, see if there's any room left for a bigger bushing

  7. #7
    mtbr member
    Reputation: mtbiker040's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    253
    Quote Originally Posted by payze View Post
    Greasing the pivot doesn't last very long unfortunately, you should mesure yourself the width between the shock mounts, see if there's any room left for a bigger bushing
    thank you!
    '15 Transition Smuggler

Similar Threads

  1. Question about shock needle roller bearings...
    By tkm16 in forum Shocks and Suspension
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 04-05-2015, 07:44 AM
  2. Shock needle bearings on a Stumpy?
    By timmaayyy in forum Specialized
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 06-20-2014, 08:05 PM
  3. RWC shock eye needle bearings for 2011 RZ 120
    By FLMike in forum Cannondale
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 01-08-2013, 12:44 PM
  4. Question about shock needle bearings for my Prophet
    By euskafreez in forum Cannondale
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 09-18-2012, 08:13 PM
  5. Shock needle bearings for previous generation frames
    By Jeff in Bend in forum Ventana
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: 08-05-2012, 03:19 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •