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Rear shock top mount orientation

Hi Team,

i have just registered and I would be grateful if you guys could offer some advice on a couple of basic suspension-related questions.

I have just acquired a '03 SP2 and this morning my Ohlins shock from Kyle Racing arrived. Previously I had removed the old shock and the top mount to fit a shim. I have had a brain fart however and cannot remember exactly which way around the top mount fixes to the frame. I went to check out the pics but I had yet to post so couldn't get access to them. I would really appreciate a heads up on this schoolboy error!

Secondly, the previous owner has done a lovely Brembo M50 conversion on the Showa forks and I figured if that was me I would have upgraded the fork internals at the same time. I am about to strip them to change the oil and wondered if there was an quick way to tell if the forks had received any upgrades.

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Holes on the bottom and sides , nut on top.
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you'll see that it's asymmetrical. put it so the wider side faces the frame (this is to prevent it from twisting)
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Thanks Team, especially the banter fro Joe! I had just about confirmed that the stepped face pointed forwards to the frame from a pic that KDH had posted discussing the TTX shock. Thanks Wibbly.
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Probably no quick way to tell if mods done unless it involved a different fork cap like some of the complete cartridge kits. If you can take the fork apart and know difference in appearance between stock and aftermarket valving you could confirm. Check kwtoxman's thread "A guide to Ohlins forks/ suspension for the RC51" for some excellent pics of stock and Ohlins valves. Lots of great info there as well. LDH posted up some photos as well of the stock valves but can't recall the title of that one. Got into a bit minor dust up on differing points of view?? Or was it alternate facts? Anyway good info there from LDH one of our resident gurus of all things fork and shock.
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Thanks partner, I'll take a look and get them stripped down. I think it might have been LDH himself that I spoke with to order the shock if indeed he is Mike Wheeler? Either way I gathered immediately that he knew his onions as we would say here in the UK!
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I gathered immediately that he knew his onions as we would say here in the UK!
I had not heard that term prior to just now, seems benign enough. Then again I have always had mixed feeling about being referred to as the dogs bollocks
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Terms of endearment are thrust upon us without choice Mike and that particular phrase has now been modified to the Mutt's Nuts if in delicate company!
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As amusing as that is, it still pales to the Dogs Danglies
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Dogs bollocks. my favorite Britishism next to "me tires were knackered'
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