This may be a moot point anyway, because the service manual warns you not to disassemble the piston rod, as they are set to a measurement at the factory and you may not be able to assemble it within the specs after taking it apart.
The retaining clip also has a round edge, and a sharp edge, (the sharp edge faces outward).
Make sure you clean your pivot point needle bearings and grease them with good quality water proof grease, as well as the head of the lower mounting bolt.
Check out John's write up on these issues as well.
1 drop in reverse, so is that a minus 1? 205/50-17 Goodyear TripleTred, 130/70-18 Bridgestone BT-45 (rear)
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