David E posted a comment about another fix he’d found for a replacement on his Proflex Elastomer, in the comments section of my other post on fixing your Proflex elastomer shock. He said he’d used the rubber portion of a 1 1/2″ pipe plug in the plumbing section of his hardware store. I asked him for some pictures to share with everyone, and he complied with some excellent photos. Thanks David!
I found a fantastic fix for my Proflex rear shock. Go to your local Ace Hardware or plumbing store and ask for 1 1/2 inch test plugs, or they might call them pipe plugs. Take the wing-nut off, remove the bolt, then take the washers off from both sides. You should be left with a chunk of rubber that has a center hole that’s almost exactly the same diameter as the elastomer was. I used a little soapy water and mine slid right on the shaft the elastomers were on. 3 of these did the trick for me and it’s holding up just fine.
Here is what it looks like in the store, and the final product (click for bigger):
In other news, it looks like a bike shop in New Hampshire has used my inner tube fix on a customer’s bike. I’m glad I was able to help!