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Old 08-01-12, 07:17 AM   #1
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Lockout to replace shock?

Is there any type of lockout that you can use in place of a bad rear shock to convert it to a hardtail? Or is that something I'd have to fab up with some steel? I don't want to spend $300 on a lockout-type shock.
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or fabricate or machine a block of aluminum as a dummy shock.

maybe aluminum angle or T so it wont be so bendy as straight flat stock.

Or sell it and buy a hard-tail..
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I don't know of any dummy shocks, but maybe a more serious mtn biker would, and post a lead for you.

OTOH, if the shock is dead, or you're 100% sure you don't want to use it in the future, you might be able to dismantle it, and make a dummy out of by something as simple as putting a piece of 1" wooden dowel inside, and some coat hanger wire outside to keep it compressed. Not beautiful, but cheap and effective.
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It's basically just a coil spring and fake shock inside of it. Cheapish version of a shock. i want to either convert it to a hardtail or replace it with a cheaper, but better, real shock and spring. This is my starter bike and I want to learn from it as I go before I get serious with the higher brand bikes.

I was thinking of stuffing the inside of the fake shock with something that'll hold my weight. But at the same time, I wouldn't mind getting a slightly better, and realistic, type of coil sprung-shock that would actually do some dampening. I spent VERY little on this bike so upgrading some parts would not really bother me as long as it's under a hundred bucks LOL. The brakes are good, shifters are good, seat sucks but I can live with it, and everything else works as is except for the rear shock. Bouncy it is.....
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or fabricate or machine a block of aluminum as a dummy shock.

maybe aluminum angle or T so it wont be so bendy as straight flat stock.

Or sell it and buy a hard-tail..
I don't have the ability to machine anything so something simple will have to do, such as a thick piece of 1x6 strip of 1/4" steel or something?
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