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The rear shock on my 2008 125 SX is very squeaky. It is the actual shock that is squeaky, not the point where it goes into the swing arm. Any suggestions??

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I doubt its the shock cartridge, it may be the spring against the shock body or the upper or lower connecting joint. could also be the swingarm. remove the shock with bike on center stand and check the movement of your swingarm while checking for noise. at that time you can check the condition of the shock spring and bushings.

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