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TF Tuned Heavy Duty Bushings.
Well just had to replace my lower rear shock bushing on my meta after 10months of heavy use, i had a fair bit of play in the rear linkages and the bushing pretty much fell to bits when i took it off.

Tf tuned make a Heavy Duty replacement bushing that they claim lasts up to 60% longer than the standard jobbies. They do all different sizes to cater for different shocks and shock mounts.

Heres some pics

Old Bushing

TF Tuned heavy duty Bushing

Next to each other

New bushing pressed into place (i used a vice and clever use of different sized sockets to press them in and out)

Job done

Tfs pic

For those that dont know this is what the standard ones look like

Also serviced the air sleeve seals while i was at it.

Heavy duty bushing kit is £13
It baffles me why all companies dont use proper spherical rose joint bushes like the old Magura Hugin did on my Turner. I know you shouldnt be getting much flex in a frame but all will move a bit and having rose jointed ones takes so much stress off the shock but then they do cost more and shocks are expensive enough as it is. OT interesting article in MBR where they followed up their review and actually put them on a proper test bench showing all the spring curves etc.
£13 is a bargain!  The new bushings for the Trance were £20 plus i had to pay £10 to get them fitted as i couldn't get them out no matter how hard i tried.  Nice photo guide there mate
Got the frame ones for my Azonic off ebay as lots of bikes, Santa Cruz etc use generic ones, bit like the Hope hubs so a full set of 8 or was it 10, anyway, was under a tenner. I managed to get mine out with a lot of abuse but not back in so went to my friends garage. Bit easier with a shock as you can push all the way through which you cant with a frame, have to tap them out.
Nice job... i know where to come in future!!
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