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    DW 5Spot linkage sticktion

    When I removed the shock from my 5Spot to test it on my RFX, I found that the linkage on the 5Spot is not very smooth. By that I mean it takes a lot of force to move and then stays at that position. I can put the frame in max-travel position and it won't budge, not even if I jerk the frame around. Isn't the rear suspension supposed to move freely or is it supposed to be like that? I'm wondering if this is what's messing up the ride on my 5Spot.

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    There's a recent post that says that turner stated that, with the shock unbolted, the bike should move thru its travel using a couple fingers of down pressure on the seat. Before I replaced my dw link pivot shafts with the new tight shafts, I tried this and found my bike suspension passes this test. The ititial movement at the top of the travel is a little stickier than the rest, it is not bad. Maybe 3 fingers. Bike has less than 100 miles so I figure it will improve. Does your bike pass this test? It doesn't appear so. Maybe you should contact turner.

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    Loosen all pivots, grease, then tighten to spec with a torque wrench.

    A: These Torque Wrench Specifications apply to all dw-link Turners:
    Main Pivot 17 ft lbs
    DW Link 11 ft lbs
    Shock Bolts 7 ft lbs
    Clevis Bolts 5 ft lbs


    If stiction remains call Turner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wheatgerm
    There's a recent post that says that turner stated that, with the shock unbolted, the bike should move thru its travel using a couple fingers of down pressure on the seat.
    You mean when the bike is built up and standing on its wheels? My bike might do this, but I have a frame-only at the moment so I'm not sure if it really does so. In order to replicate, I put the frame upside down and push with 2 fingers on the drop-out. It does move in this way so I guess it's ok?

    I'm used to normal horst-link suspension and all of them move without any effort so I guess we now know why the DW link is so stiff laterally

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    Quote Originally Posted by wheatgerm
    There's a recent post that says that turner stated that, with the shock unbolted, the bike should move thru its travel using a couple fingers of down pressure on the seat.
    I think it was one finger... mine collapses under one finger's pressure.

    Be sure to put a rag or something on the upper brace of the rear triangle, otherwise it may hit the seat tube and damage the paint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smith
    I think it was one finger... mine collapses under one finger's pressure.

    Be sure to put a rag or something on the upper brace of the rear triangle, otherwise it may hit the seat tube and damage the paint.
    I have to really put some weight on the drop-out to make it collapse. I can do that with one finger, but the suspension doesn't move freely, I have to keep putting a lot of pressure on the drop out to keep the linkage moving. Maybe I should disassemble the thing and try again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zonoskar
    I have to really put some weight on the drop-out to make it collapse. I can do that with one finger, but the suspension doesn't move freely, I have to keep putting a lot of pressure on the drop out to keep the linkage moving. Maybe I should disassemble the thing and try again.
    I think it's just different leverage than putting pressure on the saddle of the build up bike.

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