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post #1 of 49 (permalink) Old Dec 4th, 2005, 7:12 pm Thread Starter
 
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Rear Shock Died

My rear shock just died at 20K, and even though the bike is only 15 months old, it's considered a wear item. Anyone have experience with Ohlins, or others?
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post #2 of 49 (permalink) Old Dec 4th, 2005, 8:00 pm
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Two brands come to mind, Ohlins and Wilbers. I believe everyone that has purchased Ohlins has been very happy with them. Everyone I know (me and one other person) who's gotten the Wilbers has been happy with them. You might try a search on both brands. Also, take a look at the archives for even more...
Yup. It's a wear item, unless it fails at the 600 mile inspection...



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How can you tell when the rear shock is shot....also, how about the front?
I'm approaching 24000 miles....is there some test that I can do?

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Shock

I have the same question -

How do you know your shock is gone?

I have an 03KGT with 26K
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How do you know your shock is gone?
I've heard that the stock units are usually toast by about 30,000 miles, more or less. The best way to know for sure is if you start having handling problems and can't find a cause. The front or rear shock could be the culprit.
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I have an 04KGT and the front shock died at 5500 miles. No oil leak out of it and no noise but the front dropped an inch and if you let go of the bars at 40 mph there was the dreaded wobble. It was replaced under warrenty.
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Slow death, or barffed fluid everywhere?

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My rear shock just died at 20K, and even though the bike is only 15 months old, it's considered a wear item. Anyone have experience with Ohlins, or others?
Check out the BMW Sport Shock. (Full post here.) You should be able to get one for $450 from your dealer. Retail $550.

Or I'll sell you one in good shape from a 2002 RS with 30k for $50.00, but I repeat, 30k.
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How can you tell when the rear shock is shot....also, how about the front?
I'm approaching 24000 miles....is there some test that I can do?
In my case, it started leaking, which is not particularly wonderful as the shock oil
was leaking down near the rear tire.
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Testing, 1 2 3 , testing ...

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In my case, it started leaking, which is not particularly wonderful as the shock oil
was leaking down near the rear tire.
Here's "my" test. Going through a curve fast, say 3rd gear 70ish, and you hit a dip. If the bike wallows* then you don't have enough damping dialed in. (little knob or screw on bottom of shock). If it feels great, but the centerstand or pegs touch easily, jack up the preload. (Big ring on shock or knob under left side of seat.) If either or both of these settings are maxed and still doesn't feel like it's on rails, then it's new shock time.

* "Wallow" feels like the bike is rubber hinged in the middle. Steering inputs required, when the bar should be solid. You're still hot into the turn at this point, btw.

p.s. Ask your dealer to contact the BMW service rep for your area. A warn out shock is a wear item. A leaking shock is NOT.

p.s.s. Sorry Craig. Right response, wrong post. It's Monday morning ...

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