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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Jun 23rd, 2012, 2:43 pm Thread Starter
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K1200R rear shock absorber

I have a 2007 K1200 R Sport and have just blown the oil seal on the (ESA) rear shock . I have obtained a replacement shock secondhand and have two queries:

Does anyone have any tips on the removal and replacement of the shock - it looks straightforward!!

Can the old shock be rebuilt or do I throw it away?

Apart from that it performed wonderfully on its second tour of the scottish highlands.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Jun 23rd, 2012, 7:04 pm
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I thought I read that Works can rebuild the esa shock.

Removing and replacing the rear shock is pretty straightforward. Consider replacing the deflection plate bearings at the same time if it hasn't been done under recall.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old Apr 20th, 2013, 1:44 am
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I am very interested in your repair.I am considering buying a k1200r sport with30000km but the bmw service guy told me I need to replace rear shocks for 2000! the (preload i think ) electric motor has failed he said.Is this an easy repair to be made by me with used shock? ( I can find used for as low as 199$ to 350$ on ebay).Do you have a repair manual you would be willing to share with me?Do I need to calibrate the ESA electronically after repair?I really like the bike and is good price too.Thank you very much for your time?Greetings from Greece
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old Apr 20th, 2013, 2:10 am
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I wouldn't consider rebuilding a BMW shock, ESA or Non-ESA. Chuck em in the bin and buy some decent suspension, you cant turn a pigs ear into a silk purse.


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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old Apr 20th, 2013, 4:12 pm
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The suspension on the bike I mentioned before is in great shape, it is that the preload motor doesn't work.do you think I could just replace the electric motor?
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