250SX rear shock hitting swingarm

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3/30/2018 11:30 PM

Hi everyone,

I just recently purchased a 2014 KTM 250SX and whilst cleaning my bike today i noticed that the area of the swingarm that faces the rear of the rear shock is scuffed/chaffed and it appears the shock spring has been hitting the swingarm. How do i stop the swingarm from being hit? do i need to raise the linkage or adjust the suspension?

Cheers

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3/31/2018 5:58 AM

Can you post a picture , does the bike have a lowering link on it ?

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3/31/2018 7:45 AM

Check your linkage bearings? Shock/linkage bolts tight? Enough preload on the spring?

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3/31/2018 1:06 PM

RCF wrote:

Can you post a picture , does the bike have a lowering link on it ?

Yeap it does have a lowering link on it.

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3/31/2018 1:07 PM

MX915 wrote:

Check your linkage bearings? Shock/linkage bolts tight? Enough preload on the spring?

I am going to check out the bikes sag today and will let you know, all the bolts seem to be tight.

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3/31/2018 1:36 PM

RCF wrote:

Can you post a picture , does the bike have a lowering link on it ?

EliteHound wrote:

Yeap it does have a lowering link on it.

That is going to be your problem. They change the angle of the shock and it's probably causing a clearance issue for you, they really are the absolute worst way to lower a bike.

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3/31/2018 2:46 PM

RCF wrote:

Can you post a picture , does the bike have a lowering link on it ?

EliteHound wrote:

Yeap it does have a lowering link on it.

RCF wrote:

That is going to be your problem. They change the angle of the shock and it's probably causing a clearance issue for you, they ...more

Sorry, just checked and i dont have a lowering link, its just the stock linkage.

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3/31/2018 6:08 PM

Here is an image of what has occurred on the swingarm.

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Also whilst i was inspecting i also saw this damage on the bottom of the rear shock.


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Do i need to replace any of these parts? or is the damage minimal?

Cheers

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3/31/2018 6:51 PM

That looks like at some point that a bolt broke and that’s what caused the damage

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3/31/2018 7:01 PM
Edited Date/Time: 3/31/2018 7:02 PM

I was picturing something totally different , shock bolt definitely backed out and I would replace the link lot of stress on that. Wouldn't worry about the swingarm.

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3/31/2018 7:45 PM
Edited Date/Time: 3/31/2018 7:52 PM

Thanks a lot for the info!

Pretty guttered as just purchased the bike and it looks like a linkage arm is going to set me back about $300 which is a shame...oh well. So the rest of the damage there is not substantial enough to warrant purchasing new parts? Cheers

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3/31/2018 8:11 PM

You can get an after-market for a little over 200

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4/1/2018 6:55 AM

I got a procircuit arm off Amazon for like 150. There are some good sellers on there. Also got a DID ERT2 chain for less than 50 bucks. All the MX online retailers wanted 70 ish.

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4/3/2018 6:47 PM

Oem link is only $100 I think? I have one to a 15 that only has an hour on it. It's a little longer than the 14

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4/3/2018 7:59 PM
Edited Date/Time: 4/3/2018 8:05 PM

Double post

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4/3/2018 8:05 PM

I know the 16 is slightly shorter not sure about the 15 it still usable , you wouldn't notice a difference ( I think it's2 mm) if Google friends is going to sell it to you at a good price buy it.

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4/4/2018 9:23 AM

I have a ride engineering link for a 2014 I will sell you for $100. Bearing are in good shape. Removed it when I sold the bike. My number is(931) 581-1409


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4/4/2018 6:03 PM

14 vs 15. If you end up wanting to go that route, let me know. I have no use for it, so it would definitely be cheap. That ride engineering is very pretty though. And priced wellPhoto

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4/5/2018 4:38 AM

The 2015 link is 2.5 mm longer than the 2014 link, so will drop the rear of your bike quite a bit. The Ride engineering link is only 1.5 mm longer.

I have a Ride engineering link for sale (just like guy above) and a complete 2015 linkage setup for sale. The Ride part is used but good shape, and the 2015 set is almost new. Used both at different times on my 2014 KTM 150SX. Both made the rear a bit stiffer in initial travel and lowered rear of bike.

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4/6/2018 2:36 AM
Edited Date/Time: 4/6/2018 2:37 AM

Thanks alot for the replies guys and the offers although would be too much of a hassle potage wise etc, as i live in New Zealand. Otherwise i definately would have purchased one of the linkage arms offered. Cheers

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