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still thrashing a switchblade, 2002 frame with 2004 rear triangle with the original float rear shock, it just does not give up at least until last night, the float r propedal finally needs a seal kit

then the wheels start to turn,

where could i find a long travel link for this bike, forums here mention they're hard to find, tempe couldn't help, maybe a titus owner has those links or has ideas on compatible parts that are available, my frame has some extra holes for shock mounting and lnk mounting....
 

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Mmhhh... your only chance it's indeed the long travel rockers for your frame.

You could try with the TALAS rockers... but I think nobody has done it before and I don't know how would that work out.
 

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So being a bit of a neophyte to this, i've got to bite and follow up.....quasimoto rear with a talas link and shock of stated dimensions, Does it have to be a talas style shock or will anything that fits with correct lenght and travel dims work well.....is the qm rear an absolute requirement with the talas links or will the links bolt up to the existing rear with just some spacers? (i can't put more than a kenda 2.35 in there but this is the original swingarm and seems indestructible......i've got experience breaking swing arms on other bikes)

For perspective and detail of shock mounting, i've tried to attach two pics of the current set up, just in from the session when the shock crapped out. I'm hoping to learn from this forum that this frame may qualify for the talas link change over with or without the qm rear

While this switchblade may look unloved and unwashed, this bike still rips a few days/week, and in appreciation, it gets an annual cleaning whether it needs it or not,
 

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"El Whatever"
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dumblond said:
So being a bit of a neophyte to this, i've got to bite and follow up.....quasimoto rear with a talas link and shock of stated dimensions, Does it have to be a talas style shock or will anything that fits with correct lenght and travel dims work well.....is the qm rear an absolute requirement with the talas links or will the links bolt up to the existing rear with just some spacers? (i can't put more than a kenda 2.35 in there but this is the original swingarm and seems indestructible......i've got experience breaking swing arms on other bikes)

For perspective and detail of shock mounting, i've tried to attach two pics of the current set up, just in from the session when the shock crapped out. I'm hoping to learn from this forum that this frame may qualify for the talas link change over with or without the qm rear

While this switchblade may look unloved and unwashed, this bike still rips a few days/week, and in appreciation, it gets an annual cleaning whether it needs it or not,
For shock size, mtbski can confirm. The rockers caould be the TALAS or the 5" rockers made for the TALAS frame.

Any shock of suitable size will do, no TALAS requirement.

Rear end: Quasi, Super Moto and Switchblade will do for the seatstay. For the cainstays, it can take virtually any swingarm but the new ones for the FTM and EG. Former chainstays for Motolite, Racer-X, Supermoto, Quasimoto and Swtichblade will do.

The ones for the Quasi, SuMo and Motolite post 2005 will take a 2.35 and even bigger as it would have the same clearance as the SuMo. The chainstays for Racer X, some Switchblades and the 2005 Motolite are narrow as the ones you have.

Yup... Switchblades are simply some of the best bikes ever made. I loved mine!!
 

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So is the Black Pearl past tense??????:eekster:
Yup... Found new home already. Sad to let her go but new toy is sitting at Customs. :)

In all honesty, I'll be really surprised if the new one is significantly better than the Blade. The Switchblade left very little room for improvement, it's such a terrific ride even today!
 

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dumblond....

I tries to sell you the quasi rear triangle . All those parts have been sold off and still in use.

Only have the stainles steel hanger.. that thing is tuff wont bend or break like the wimpy alloy's do.

My '01 frame is here, cracks and all. Hanging proudly to remind me of all the good times, and the 24hr of allamuchy races.

-Ride
 

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you've correctly diagnosed me as having 20/20 hind sight!

i did however take your initial advice and bought the switchblade from the factory, never regretted it and want to keep this one going indefinitely

please let your buyers of those take off parts know that there's another owner interested in some long travel links

i read about your brush with greatness at cr, please let lance know there's lots more riding in northern nj
 

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did you find the LT links you were looking for?

Hey Dumblond, I have a Blade sitting in a box in the garage that has LT links. The frame is 2003 and the links are for the 7.875 x 2 shock. I read the thread a few times, but was not exactly sure what you are looking for. I am not going to post them forsale as I have not a clue if they are desired and if they have value. I can tell you the Fox Float R from 2003 worked insanely well without Propedal, high volume air sleave, no lockout, no RP2,3,23, etc but it blew a seal so therefore has been in a box since. I had big ideas and bought a Float RL with adj air volume, but never installed because it needs custom spacers. I have since moved onto a Maverick ML8 so the Blade is "mothballed" until I need it. I have 4.5" rockers so if you are interested in the LT's, PM me and we can discuss.
 
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