That is precisely what has happened. I was surprised to find that the RS was stuck rigid in the mount when I took it out the other day. Fortunately, it doesn't have to swing too far when compressed into its travel, but it does have to move a couple of degree. I wonder if this was contributing to the crappy feel of that shock. Surprises me that it's seized, it's only about 20 hours - only 15 hours of serious riding - into its life.Basically the bit you are trying to get out should actually rotate freely in the shock bushing which itself should not rotate in the shock eyelet. Nothing should rotate on the bolt that holds the shock on place.
Its sounds like it is seized in the shock bushing.
Squirt some penetrating lube on it and tap it out with something soft like a block of wood.
Do you think that you 'machined' the lower shock mount hardware 'unstraight'? Can you rotate the bushings around so that it aligns with the upper mount better?So the bottom end of the shock - the end that I had to modify - now sits in the frame mounts smooth and snug. However, when I mount the shock fully into the frame, it's clear that things aren't 100% straight. I assume that it's the frame, but there up to 1mm where it bolts into the linkage and I'm concerned about the shock stroke being not completely straight and stressing the seals on one side. Is it advisable to stick a shim in there to try and straighten things up as much as possible?
I don't think so as I've got the spacers on and it's pretty flush on both ends. Of course, I can't tell for sure, but I don't believe the difference is near as much as the gap that shows at the top when mounting it. It's really only a smidge, to be fair and when everything is done up tight there's no sticktion at the start of travel on the shock, so it's super-minor, but still enough to wear the seals unevenly.Do you think that you 'machined' the lower shock mount hardware 'unstraight'? Can you rotate the bushings around so that it aligns with the upper mount better?
@Nambra and I went shared postage on a couple direct and halves on the pressing tool. He has the tool but happy for you to pay postage and share it around, though it's not completely necessary IIRC. But it looks cool and works nice.