the 04 Stinky was 7" rear right ?, that means it originally came with a 8.5/2.5 shock.
By putting a 7.875/2.25 shock in there , U will 99.999pct bottom the seatstay on the seatpost as U are lowering the I-I lenght more than the stroke.
U could get away with a 8/2 shock (or a 8.25/2.25 if such a thing exists) or any other combo that lowers the I-I and the stroke with the same amount .
Hope it made sense
I-I minus stroke , 7,875 -2,25 = 5,625" ,
remove shock and compress rear triangle until it barely bottoms on seatpost/tube , if
U have more than 5,625" btwn shockmountingholes youre fine .
If U have less than 5,625 it means you will have contact btwn seatstays and seattube/post at full travel.
Yeahh , thats been about the only fault with the Stinkys (ever since the very first one)
You OK when running 3 rings , but with only 2 up front , U cant lower the front mech enough to close the gap btwn mech and ring without front mech hitting the chainstay.
I tried to deal with it on my 03 DeeLux by running the chain as short as poss. : big ring/big cog rear mech almost horisontal , it helped but Id still drop the chain to the outside , through the gap, once in a while , so i got a Blackspire NS1 guide(single ring
36t) and a 11-34 rear , never looked back.Works for my riding.
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