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Ohlins Reservoir Mounting

I just installed a new Ohlins rear shock on my 2003 KRS. The instructions clearly show the remote reservoir (with the compression damping adjuster on it) being mounted in the place the charcoal canister normally resides, on the inner rear fender. Any input on this? The reservoir and it's hose don't seem to be able to be mounted anywhere else, like on the frame rail or whatever.
Does the canister really do much? Will I create faults by running the bike this way? Should I connect the loose hoses together - with another section of hose, or something? Is the one hose (off the bottom ofthe canister, on the left side of the bike) just a drain or overflow?
Or should I really be looking at a different mounting location altogether?
Any comments will be appreciated. Sorry if this has already been hashed over, I could find some reference to this dilemma, but nothing definitive.
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I have seen the adjuster knobs in easily accesible locations 'near' there, but poking out where you can reach it while seated. These bikes did not remove the canister, but then, this is California. For my Wilbers, the instructions called for the reservoir to be mounted to on the grabrail on rider's left...right over the muffler where it singed my hand and made it impossible to lift the bike...so I mounted both the reservoir and adjuster knob on the seat frame rail on rider's right and coiled the hose and control cable.

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Here's how my Ohlins were installed:

Remote reservoir on right side of bike:


Pre-load adjuster on left side of bike:

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I just installed a new Ohlins rear shock on my 2003 KRS. The instructions clearly show the remote reservoir (with the compression damping adjuster on it) being mounted in the place the charcoal canister normally resides, on the inner rear fender. Any input on this? The reservoir and it's hose don't seem to be able to be mounted anywhere else, like on the frame rail or whatever.
Does the canister really do much? Will I create faults by running the bike this way? Should I connect the loose hoses together - with another section of hose, or something? Is the one hose (off the bottom ofthe canister, on the left side of the bike) just a drain or overflow?
Or should I really be looking at a different mounting location altogether?
Any comments will be appreciated. Sorry if this has already been hashed over, I could find some reference to this dilemma, but nothing definitive.
Our Canadian bikes do not have the carbon canister. "If so equipped" is how the canister is described in the parts fiche or Clymer.Both hoses coming out of the fuel pump flange go to drain.

On your bike one will go to the canister. From the canister, one goes to drain, the other to the fuel rail ,first going through an electric "actuator".

No problem removing the canister, but you will have to disconnect and remove the actuator at the fuel rail and plug the fitting at the fuel rail where the hose goes in. Send the hose that originally went from the tank to the canister to drain under the bike.

Save the canister/actuator in case you ever sell your bike to a Californian.....!

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Mine (and every other one I've seen) is installed just like Mr. Hall's. I don't think there's any need to screw around with the bike.

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OK - Thanks guys. I will try the "attaching it to the foot peg bracket location" next.
I was just attempting to install it as per the instructions - I should have known!
Plus, I only received one of those rubber mounting insulators for the reservoir and one big zip-tie type of strap, which would accommodate the inner fender location.
I've attached an image of my shock (at least I tried to) where you can see the angle of the banjo-fitting for the reservoir hose. I can't see the angle of the fitting on the reservoir in your photo Mr. Hall, is it similar or is that what's keeping me from putting it down there?
Any comments are appreciated.
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Since you are installing, I have a question for you. Do you still need the 5 MM BMW spacer at the top right of the rear shock? I think a packrat took it off my work bench...nice shiny part like that... I had to improvise to reinstall my OEM shock, but if it is required with the Ohlin I will order one.
Also what's your number on the front shock if you are doing it, I have seen BM 346 and BM 701 both quoted for the RS, the sellers haven't answered my inquiries yet....?
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I ran into the same thing on my'04. You have to mount the reservoir on the subframe right under the coolant overflow.
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Here are the Ohlins mounting instructions for the K1200 GT ... clearly instructs to mount it as depicted in my photo's above.

http://www.ohlins.com/Products/Mount...s/MI_BM318.pdf

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Hey H96, no spacer required for the (702) rear. There was not one on my OEM shock either although I had the upgrade (white spring) shock fitted as standard. My front shock is 701.
Personally I would dispense with the charcoal filter and install the compression reservoir under the seat. It just seems to belong there, and I always wondered what that concave dip in the inner guard was for IMHO attaching the reservoir to the rear foot peg bracket has a real "after market" look to it, and while other options may be slim, in true Kiwi fashion, I wold search for other options.... Also, have a look at the banjo fitting at the top of the rear shock that connects to the braided line to the remote compression reservoir. On mine it faced "away" from the bike and rubbed on the tupperware. Not by much, but enough to cause concern. I had the Ohlins dealer (glad I paid the extra and bought mine locally ) swap the banjo fitting to the inside and rotated the other end on the reservoir and re routed the braided line to suit free of charge. This involved a partial dismantle of the shock and rebuild with fresh fluid and gas. Not a job to be undertaken in the garage as very well equipped.

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