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Old 04-05-06, 07:33 AM   #1
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Swapping Parts

I have a 1999 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR XC and a 2002 Giant AC Air. Although the Giat is a newer bike, I really like the frame & feeling of the Spec SJ, but thefront fork & rear shock on the Giant are higher quality. So, I want to swap parts on each bike. I am comfortable doing maintenance and the parts all measure about the same, so will not be altering the height or other dimensions of the bike.

However, I am asking for anyone's opinion as to whether or not swapping parts is a good idea or am I just better of buying a new front and rear shock?

Also, if anyone could share their experiences, what to watch out for, I would appreciate the feedback.
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Old 04-05-06, 07:36 AM   #2
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You need to check the eye to eye length on the rear shock and make sure the stroke is the same. Close doesn't really cut it on that one.
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Old 04-05-06, 12:02 PM   #3
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So, as long as the full extension of each stock is the same, measuring on center from each hole, I should be OK? But I have to be exact?
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Stroke length is important too, as LowCel said. And you can't judge by the 'customary' stroke for that brand shock's eye-to-eye length, as some OEM versions were different. You'll need to either be able to look it up on the web or physically collapse it all the way and measure.
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Yes you have to be exact. You also need to make sure the stroke is the same.

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