Tuesday, October 20, 2009

HOW-TO: Quick cheap rear shock boot

So, if you ride dual suspension, you've probably noticed that rear shocks have a tendency to sit right in the path of all the mud, water, and grime coming off your back tire.  That being said, you've probably also noticed that most rear shocks don't have boots... you can see where I'm going with this?

This is the result of a shock picking up dirt and grit then working it into the seals.  This sock is now dead and will never hold air again....

Now, when this was replaced, I though to myself, "How do I prevent grinding my shock to pieces again?"

Here is the solution

What you're looking at is the most simple solution to a problem since...well, ever.  Basically all that was required was the following ingredients.

1 old busted tube
2 zip ties
tools for dismantling suspension linkage

All you need to do is cut a piece of the tube that is long enough to cover the moving parts of your shock.  Then zip tie it in place at the top and bottom.  The nature of the tube allows it to form fit, and still stretch and flex without affecting the travel.  The best part is that it's both water and mud proof.

Happy riding...

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