Originally Posted by johngil
I have finally lost hope in this beast. Maybe after a few days and some wrenching, my attitude will change.
To me this is going to be the Achilles heel of my 800.
Yes, an Ohlins shock is pictured. The stocker bent the bolts too.
I felt concerned enough about this to pull my shock bolt and luckily it is OK. The measurement I got between the mounting flanges was 2 3/4 in. The stock shock spacer is 1 3/8in and whole set up seemed to be a poor design. Then I pulled the rubber seat latch and noticed it too had a spacer. When the bolt is tighted to spec the two spacers butt up to one another and should provide a good reinforcement to the bolt. So not as bad as I thought.
I can see that if an aftermarket shock did not have a spacer as wide as the stock one, there would be no reinforcement for the bolt and it could bend which in turn could bend the crossmember.
For the stocker to do that, it looks like it had to be under a lot of pressure, had an improper spacer installed or a frame not to spec in width.