I decided to convert my rear shock from an air shock (Fox FP2) to a coil shock (Van RC) and I found very little information on how to do it and what was needed. Thanks to the help on this thread I managed to get it done, but after doing it I thought I should share a more detailed outline in case others want to do the same. So without further ado…

Do you ever catch yourself thinking that you wish your amazing Remedy could be that little bit more amazing by adding a coil rear shock? Well, it turns out that it’s a relatively simply upgrade and one which you really should think about if you want to take things to another level.

This job is made much easier if you are able to get the right parts. I’m in the UK but the parts should be available universally. You will need the following;

  1. Custom Bolt M10 x 75mm Flange Hex Head with a matching flanged nut [I sourced mine from ProBolt]
  2. Fox steel pin bushing kit 39.88mm x 10mm (part number; 803-03-124)  [I got mine from Mojo]
  3. Fox bushing kit 39.88mm x 8mm (part number; 803-03-047) [Again, from Mojo]

You only need 1 of each of the bushing kits. Bushing kits normally come in pairs, so you should order a custom kit that features 1 of each kit listed above. I made that mistake and ended up paying double unnecessarily! If you want my spares email me at unclesomebody at gmail dot com and I can do them for less than Mojo (if you’re in the UK).

That’s it for parts. As for tools, you’ll need some allen keys (bring your most accurately made metric ones) and a 12mm socket/spanner. Depending on the starting point of your new coil shock you may need a press to get the shim into either end. My shock already had them in as it was taken off another bike so I didn’t need to do this.

Steps;

  1. Say goodbye to your current air shock.
  2. Remove the rear shock by undoing the bolts at the top and bottom. The reason I suggest using accurately made allen keys is that the metal that’s been used for the bolts is quite soft and can easily be rounded. When you remove the upper mounts you’ll see that there are 2 black spacers. You need to hang on to those as they will be re-used. You also need to hold on to the lower mount hex head bolt as that will also be reused.
  3. You should find at this point that the linkage still has a 10mm bearing on each side. This is good and they need to stay in as you’re going to reuse them.
  4. You should now have the following removed from your bike;
  5. The two bushing kits should be located at the following ends of the new shock (this picture shows the shock upside down compared to how it’s mounted on the bike! – sorry);
  6. From here you just need to install the bushing kits at their respective ends.
  7. The top (should look like this, with the black spacers and the custom bolt running through the middle.
  8. The bottom should look like this with the original lower mount bolt running through the middle;
  9. Now all you have to do is install the shock on the bike. Expect quite a tight fit between the linkage plates, so it might be slightly tricky to get the second black spacer in but it’s all good.
  10. You should now have a beautiful coil shock on your Remedy!
  11. The top mount point should look like this when all is said and done (except for that bit of dirt);

And that’s it! Job done. I know others have used needle bearings but I was strongly recommended to stay away from them for riding conditions in the UK. Who knows the truth on this, but I can say for certain that my set up is wonderfully simple, takes less than 30 mins to do, and works very well. Happy days.

You’d be hard pressed to tell that this wasn’t a stock install. It really does look very good.