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Rear Shock / How can you tell?

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I recently sold my DRZ400 and bought a real nice KTM 450 and all is great. However I spoke with the owner of the DRZ yesterday and found out from him that the rear shock was completely shot and had to be rebuilt. I was a little surprised because I was not aware of the problem. So it got me thinking, how can one tell if the rear shock is shot?

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A rear shock should generally be rebuilt at least once a year. Over time the bike will begin to handle worse and worse. It is one of those things that is hard to explain.

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oil leaking out would be the most common as the seal would be bad. It's possible that components on the inside could go bad if it was never serviced.

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Ya there was no leaking that I was ever aware of and I kept a close eye on everything.

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Rebound speed and dampening would be the obvious things to check for, if the seal is blown completely the rear would feel like a pogo stick just riding on the spring.

If you make drastic clicker changes and it does not change how the rear end reacts then the shock is ready for a rebuild.

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