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    Monarch shock on an El Ray

    The reviews of the Monarch shock are very good. I am looking to improve the responsiveness of the rear end of my El Ray over the current RP23 I have. Anyone try this shock? Is it compatible?

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    As long as the length and stroke are the same as stock, yes it's compatible. And from the reviews on this site, in particularly the turner board the morarchs are performing quite nicely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ciclistagonzo
    As long as the length and stroke are the same as stock, yes it's compatible. And from the reviews on this site, in particularly the turner board the morarchs are performing quite nicely.
    The Monarch's look wonderful. The problem I have with ordering one is they have three different types of tunes: low, medium, and high.

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    I think the problem is that the El Rey uses a 2" stroke shock with 2.25" piston. I'm not sure RS offers such a model.

    Anyways, according to this chart, the El Rey should use a low tune shock (leverage ratio is 2:1, right?)


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    Based on that chart, you'd get a 200X50 with A tune for El Rey.

    Zono - 2.25" piston piston? What are you refereing to there?
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    Well, on my El Rey, the shock never fully compresses. It seems that the piston is longer then the travel of the shock. If I let out all air, I have approx 5mm left on the shock (indicated by the rubber band).

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    Quote Originally Posted by zonoskar
    Well, on my El Rey, the shock never fully compresses. It seems that the piston is longer then the travel of the shock. If I let out all air, I have approx 5mm left on the shock (indicated by the rubber band).
    I get what you are saying. What you call a piston, we call a shaft. The Piston are inside and are part of the hydraulics.(to us)

    The reason you have shaft leftover is because FOX uses the same Chassis for the both the 200 x 57 and 200 x 50 Shocks. I bet if you measure from the O-ring to the scraper seal, you'll be right about 46-mm. Fox uses a conical rubber grommet for bottom out protection, it takes a VERY hard hit or load to actually compress that and get all 50mm of travel. (No, letting the air out and squishing it down with your body weight won't do it)

    Pretty much every air shock is going to have the same deal, I know I have back up Manitou Air Shocks (2) that bottom out at ~ 5mm before full travel. Willing to bet Monarchs do something similar.
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    Thanks folks! Good info and possibilities.

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