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I have seen people talking about adding a Shock Link to improve the handling..And I have also Heard that instead adding a shock link, they use a spacer....can you really use a spacer and install it under your shock ?
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I have seen people talking about adding a Shock Link to improve the handling..And I have also Heard that instead adding a shock link, they use a spacer....can you really use a spacer and install it under your shock ?
Sort of. You install a spacer between the upper shock mount and frame.
The purpose is the same, to raise the rear slightly to decrease the amount of trail of the front forks to increase steering response.

The Kyle link also changes the rear link ratio as well.
I have both OEM and Kyle links and swapped between the two to compare overall.
The main difference is the Kyle link change the linkage from a progressive to a more linear ratio. It also gives 2mm slightly more travel.
The overall ratio difference I observed was OEM 1.42:1 shock/rear wheel travel vs 1.442:1 for Kyle link.
So if you go with a Kyle link you may need a slightly higher spring rate than with an OEM link.
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