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Just got new upper and lower links. Other than using blue loctite on all of the bolt threads, is there any prep that needs to be done, i.e. grease or carbon prep on any of the contact surfaces?

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I usually throw a light greasing between the bearing face and where it contacts the frame. Just to keep any possibly squeaking at bay.
 

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Here's a quote from Jeff at Ibis re. reassembly of links with Ti hardware:

Here's the deal with the hardware/paste and all of that. The red carbon assembly paste is used to increase friction. Use it in the seat tube. The carbon seat tube on the SL is relatively slippery compared to aluminum, and it can be difficult to clamp a seatpost in there. The carbon assembly paste is just grease with a bunch of tiny plastic beads mixed in, so it both increases friction and prohibits corrosion.

On the titanium/aluminum interfaces, use a copper based anti-seize compound. Titanium and aluminum tend to react, and they will essentially weld themselves together without anti-seize. Use a dab of anti-seize on all 4 titanium Lopes link bolts, the rear shock bolt, the forward shock pin assembly, the lower link rear pivot shaft, and particularly so on the water bottle bolts.

Use grease on both of the lower link pivot shafts, but do place a dab of loctite on the lower link's forward pivot shaft nut
 

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I always pry off the seals and fully pack the bearings with my favorite grease before installing.
 
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