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Oct 07

Posts: 7

frit says:


The rear shock on my FMX650 has started to bottom out i think or at least has become very hard.

The bike has done 24,000mls.
Could this be a sign that the rear shock is buggered?

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Feb 09

Posts: 550

in a word

yes. 24000 is a fair amount of use for a shock. Especially on a bike such as the FMX as they are usually riden 'spiritedly'. You could try looking in MCN and getting it refurbished/set for your weight and riding style. Or get a good aftermarket shock such as a Hagon.


Good luck,



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Mar 09

Posts: 8933

jaffa90 says:


I cannot see tr600 reply,if you can get somebody to hold the bike upright at the front ,just press the back end down and let go  to see what happens,it should absorb the movement both ways and not bounce about.This check should be done on a service and m.o.t.

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Oct 07

Posts: 7

frit says:

Hard Shock on FMX650

Problem has been fixed by fitting a new rear shock.

The old shock did not appear worn out when examined at 28,000 ml service,but i changed the shock anyway with another standard shock and it totally fixed the bottoming out and really smoothed the harsh ride,also generally handles better.

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