Recon Silver bushing replacement part 1: removal

My trusty RockShox Recon Silver had one broken bushing as shown in my previous post. I believed that the bushings could not be changed as 2011 Recon (Silver) manual says so, but then I heard that they could be replaced and looked into 2013 manual which did not contain the info, that lower legs should be replaced after bushing wear.

I then tried to reason between running it with the broken bushing until it breaks, taking it to local shop for bushing replacement or buying new bushing and trying to fix it by myself.

The little engineer/mechanic in me took over and soon I was googling how the bushing could be replaced. I finally found a post on forums that had some good stuff written by username bad mechanic . So IĀ ordered new 32mm bushings and started gathering materials for the tools.

M12 washer seemed to be properly oversized to make the extractor tool.

32mm bushing and M12 washer. NOTE: the old and compressed bushings were only 34.5mm, so proper tool diameter would probably be 34mm.

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Recon Silver cleanup

It was once again time remove the lower legs for cleaning. This was supposed to be simple task, but as usual, it was not.

After removing air I noticed that the travel was limited and thought could it be the damper as previously today someone told me that argyle damper was too long on his Recon Silver. Apparently the damper is shorter on 2016 models.

limited travel and open damper to make sure it was not to blame
limited travel (open damper to make sure it was not to blame)

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