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What effects wil a shorter or longer swingarm have?

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I was wondering what adding or removing a link from the chain will do for to the suspension. Essentially it will have the same effect as lengthening or shortening the swinger by 1/4 of an inch in either direction. I believe dirt rider said some of their riders preferred the handling on the 09 crf450 with one link removed.

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Shortening the wheelbase will make the bike turn quicker but will have less straightline stability. Lengthening it will add straight line stability but not turn as well. I doubt seriousley you will feel 1/4 of an inch.

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