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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old May 13th, 2008, 10:15 am Thread Starter
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I have an 04' KGT. Other than Ohlins, what are my options for stock shock replacement?
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old May 13th, 2008, 10:40 am
 
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You can order a Showa oem replacement thru most dealers. If your shock is worn out...chances are you spring is worked over pretty good too....I would replace the entire suspension at once with Ohlins ASAP! Accept no substitute. You may even think about going with electronic adjustable Ohlins.....worth the extra dough if you have it as it will make tuning your new racebred suspension easy. Tuning on the fly saves you valuable riding time! Although making the adjustments by hand will help you understand suspension setups more thoroughly.
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I have an 04' KGT. Other than Ohlins, what are my options for stock shock replacement?

BMW Sport Shock (made by Showa, non-rebuildable, yellow spring), Works Performance and Wilburs seem to be the most popular replacements (other than Ohlins). There's one more mfg out there, but their name escapes me.

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Wilbers are reasonably priced and re-buildable.

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When I replaced the shocks on my RS I found that comparable shocks from different manufacturers were also comparably priced (and similar in quality, at that level you can't buy a bad product). I went with Ohlins mainly for the (perceived) resale value.
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Wilbers are reasonably priced and re-buildable.
Best bang for buck imho.
Do some research on Wilbers and come away impressed like I did.
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I use Works.
They will fit the shocks and springs to you and your ridding style.
and they don't cost a million bucks.

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Wilbers front and rear. Heavier spring compensating for rider weight

Chances of telling the difference between WIlbers and Ohlins??? Maybe, if you're a race profesional, but then you'd be getting custom built shocks anyway.

Showa's that come with the bike aren't rebuildable unless you get a shock magician who can convert them, but the cost is about the same as new OEM, and you don't get any compression adjustment for the rear, and just preload adjustment for the front.

Pretty much any shock that is adjustable and rebuildable should work for you. First thing is, though, to get the right spring rate for both shocks.



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I have the Wilber's on my '02 KRS. Also sprung for a "robust" rider. Love 'em. Difference between stock and Wilbers was like night and day. Mine are about due for a rebuild. Would like to try Ohlins with electronic adjustability, but don't have the cash so I'll stick with what I have and be happy.
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