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K12RS shocks

Anyone know if front and rear shocks from a 1999 K12LT will fit on a 1998 K12RS. Have a chance to buy a 1" lower set of shocks off an LT and would like to install on my RS.
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Even if they do physically fit I cant see them being any good, the LT must weigh another 100lbs.

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Even if they do physically fit I cant see them being any good, the LT must weigh another 100lbs.
LT weighs 79kg (174lbs) more than RS
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Don't know and don't think so.

But if you have lenght specs or pics of the LT shocks, I have a set of "take off" OEM Showas that I could compare fitment to.I can certainly measure.

If just for the bike's weight specs....I wouldn't do that, could be harsh on the old back.

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Good point. Thanks for the info.
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I don't know how easily available this service is across the pond - but here in Britain there are numerous places that can and do fully refurbish BMW (non-rebuildable) shocks, In most cases they braze on a valve and refill the body. take off the spring - test it and if necessary replace - though need for a replacement is rare. The usual cost for this service - excluding a new spring is: £100 plus shipping. This is very common for GS owners who are happy with the original shocks and cannot justify paying 10 times the price for Ohlins or Wilbers.

It will certainly be the route i'll be taking as and when the OE shocks on my GT 'wear out'.
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I don't know how easily available this service is across the pond - but here in Britain there are numerous places that can and do fully refurbish BMW (non-rebuildable) shocks, In most cases they braze on a valve and refill the body. take off the spring - test it and if necessary replace - though need for a replacement is rare. The usual cost for this service - excluding a new spring is: £100 plus shipping. This is very common for GS owners who are happy with the original shocks and cannot justify paying 10 times the price for Ohlins or Wilbers.

It will certainly be the route i'll be taking as and when the OE shocks on my GT 'wear out'.
I looked into that a couple years back. No problem doing that with the rear but not so with the front. That one is crimped together and can't be easily opened.

Maybe something came up in the last couple years, don't know but I'll listen if you have any new info on that.

Something the LT guys have done with some success is to install progressive Hyperpro springs on their Showas. Listed on their website them springs....Hyperpro.

If the OP wants to DIY new springs....not as hard as some may believe replacing springs.With the right DIY spring compressors actually easy. Even making compressors is relatively easy. Made two sets, one is now in Eastern Canada....mine stays in the West, sorry no Winnipeg but I can certainly show & tell on the "how to".

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You're right. The consensus seems to be that the front shock has double the service life of the rear - so its not usually necessary to 'replace both at the same time. Fortunately there always seems to be plenty of low mileage second hand shocks available - not to mention far more affordable 'brands' made here in the UK at a far lower price than either Ohlins or Wilbers.
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You're right. The consensus seems to be that the front shock has double the service life of the rear - so its not usually necessary to 'replace both at the same time. Fortunately there always seems to be plenty of low mileage second hand shocks available - not to mention far more affordable 'brands' made here in the UK at a far lower price than either Ohlins or Wilbers.
Double the service life??? Ouch! that's the one I really hated the front one, big dips in the middle on an S-curve and hang on when that thing compressed/rebounded. Anything but progressive that spring. All replaced at 40,000 Kms.Ohlins take that kind of stuff in stride.

The rear one, did not wait until I blew it. 3 of them on the old GS under warranty, none lasted more than 15,000 Kms. Had to reinstall the low milleage take off from my K100RS when I sent the aftermarket in for service.....quickly blew that one also but I think the seals may have dried out from disuse and then it leaked.

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Double the service life??? Ouch! that's the one I really hated the front one, big dips in the middle on an S-curve and hang on when that thing compressed/rebounded. Anything but progressive that spring. All replaced at 40,000 Kms.Ohlins take that kind of stuff in stride.

The rear one, did not wait until I blew it. 3 of them on the old GS under warranty, none lasted more than 15,000 Kms. Had to reinstall the low milleage take off from my K100RS when I sent the aftermarket in for service.....quickly blew that one also but I think the seals may have dried out from disuse and then it leaked.

Yes.. Double. I am obviously talking about the front shock on the GS - which i think its true to say has to work a lot harder on that bike - than the one on the front of my GT - which seems to have had a very easy life. I'm pretty much amazed by the suspension on this bike thus far.

But as with anything mechanical - there are always exceptions.

even for Ohlins.





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