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Stiction in rear shock

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I have a 2000 XR650R and have noticed some marked stiction in the rear shock.  I first noticed it after the bike sat in the garage for a month, when I sat on the bike the rear end felt too stiff.  I found I could push the rear end down by 2" without it springing back.  I could barely use the kickstand.  A five minute ride did not return it to normal.  I ended up doing an all day trail ride anyways and the stiction did disappear during the day, but after being parked for a few days the stiction came back.

 

Any advice on where to start? The linkage bearings have never been changed, and as far as I know the shock is original.

 

Mike

Edited by michaelschorpp

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I would check he rebound adjuster first, too. I forgot to turn mine back out once and when I sat on the bike it stayed sagged a few inches and did not come up, even when I picked the bike up by the fender.

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