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06_450 Rider

Squeeky Rear Shock

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So i was riding today on my 450, and i noticed after about 20 minutes of riding my rear shock started squeaking when i would sit on it. I was wondering what i could do to the shock to get rid of this? Maybe oil it? Help would be appreciated. Thanks

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If you haven't greased your links recently, that is your problem. If that is the case then you have some work ahead of you replacing all of the bearings.

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If you haven't greased your links recently, that is your problem. If that is the case then you have some work ahead of you replacing all of the bearings.

agreed. when i picked up my 08 i greased the linkage and wheels and swingarm rite away. not a whole lot of grease in there. definitely gonna want to check it out.

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Isolate the exact source of the noise first. Have someone work the suspension while you probe for the noise with a hose to your ear.

It's true, even a new bike should be greased, but at 20 hours, I wouldn't hit the panic button just yet.

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So i was riding today on my 450, and i noticed after about 20 minutes of riding my rear shock started squeaking when i would sit on it. I was wondering what i could do to the shock to get rid of this? Maybe oil it? Help would be appreciated. Thanks

Spray a little WD40 on the rubber anti-bottom cushion on the shock shaft. They have been known to squeek sometimes.

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I'd avoid that. WD40 will gather dirt, which may compromise the shock seal.

completely completely agree!

wd40 is waaaaaaaaay overused IMO.

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I'd avoid that. WD40 will gather dirt, which may compromise the shock seal.

KX's are WELL known for squeeking shaft bushings. Been shooting WD40 on the shafts for the past 20 years, never had a seal fail. Dirt gets packed around the seal reguardless of using WD40 or not. I use WD 40 everywhere on my bikes to keep away rust, and displace moisture.....

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Be that as it may, a "dry" silicon spray would be a better choice. WD40 is a fabulous moisture dispersant (what it was meant to do), but is not a particularly good lubricant, and is a really substandard rust inhibitor.

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