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Exclamation catastrophic suspension failure

Was riding the other day when I hit a bump and ended up skidding to a stop from 65 mph. The rear wheel was totally locked up and the rear of the frame was on the ground. Ended up roasting the clutch getting it off of the road (before it dawned on me that not only was the tire jammed against the fender sub-frame but the rear brake was locked up as well. Oh well, I was going to replace the clutch soon anyway).

Long story short, upon inspection, the alloy casting that links the bones to the shock and frame snapped....anyone else had the rear suspension fail?

Pics of the broken one will come just as soon as I get broken the part out (which I expect will be either this Sunday or next Wednesday). below is the new part, the part that failed is the silver piece.



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I've never heard of that before...............

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Awwww man.

Good thing your front shocks are still holding air or you would have done an end over.

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Awwww man.

Good thing your front shocks are still holding air or you would have done an end over.
Yup the front shocks are still holding with no leaks...even if they lost air I have the stock springs (cut down a couple inches) inside so even with a total failure of the seals I can limp home with a couple inches of travel.
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Good job keeping it upright with the back wheel locked up. Just goes to show, ya never know when something like that will happen.
BTW, have you found the seat cover yet?

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Good job keeping it upright with the back wheel locked up. Just goes to show, ya never know when something like that will happen.
BTW, have you found the seat cover yet?
Seat cover?
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Is your suspension stock ?
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Is your suspension stock ?
The rear is bone stock, no lowering bones, stock shock etc. The front suspension is modified slightly.
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Yours is the first that I can recall being posted here.

I'm very interested to see your pictures.

Be sure to take some pictures during the teardown and note the condition of all the pivot bearings and the setting of the shock spring adjustment.

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Seat cover?
I imagine from puckering?

I'm really curious to see the insides as well. My first thought was geometry changes such as lowering bones. Did you tweak the mono shock at all?
I wonder how much your air suspension affected the rear suspension?

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