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7. Suspension Linkage

 

On a KTM, just check the lower shock heim joint for freeplay, and figure that any movement equals another $100. On all other bikes with linkages, you may be able to hear, or even feel, dry and rusty bearings, though this is best done with the shock off. Ask the current owner about greasing service on the linkage, and better yet, pull one of the bottom bolts to check for grease and free movement. A badly neglected linkage system will not only seriously affect handling but also surely run at least a 100 bux to repair.

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