Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Oxnard, CA, USA
Shocks are usually considered wear items, like clutches or brakes. That said, some dealers have replaced ESA shocks under warranty because they have not functioned as designed. That usually has to do with the preload not changing instead of the damping, but there is a precedent there.
My '07 GT still has the factory shocks on it at 114K miles. Yes, they are worn out as the bike wallows when pushed hard, but I can say that the ESA still functions as designed. That is, there is still a noticeable difference between the different preload settings (although all of those settings are much weaker), and also changing the damping settings when riding does make a difference. They are nowhere near what new shocks are, but the basic functionality is still there.
But any warranty claim has to be processed through your dealer, and to do that first they have to believe that there is a repeatable problem . . .
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