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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Mar 1st, 2019, 9:03 am Thread Starter
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Hey! and ESA2 shock replacement


Had my Orange 2009 K1300R for about 7 years now, and don't get out as much as I would like to. I think it may have been a press bike in the past, because even when I bought it secondhand it looked as though it had been parked in a swimming pool or very large puddle - flaky engine paint, quite a lot of corrosion. I possibly should have walked, but I got a very good deal. Let us say that the Bournemouth atmosphere has not improved the bike any over the years.

It's got all the toys, although I find the Akra just a little disappointing - it seems to be missing the pop & crackle of the standard exhaust!

Still very few bikes that would fit my criteria for swapping it. Love the going and the stopping, and the stability. It was fantastic on Dunlop sportsmarts, less so on Michelin Pilot Roads - my confidence in the front end has gone. Possibly time to bite the bullet and just replace them...

Anyhoo, I managed to pick up ESA2 front and rear s/hand shocks from another K1300R (same part Nos.) in very good shape going for a song (relatively speaking). I was considering either swapping these myself, or getting my local mechanic to do if for me. When I asked, he said that it may not be the straight swap I thought it would, and that they might require programming in. Anyone know for sure?


Last edited by MasterfulShog; Mar 2nd, 2019 at 1:28 am. Reason: I hadn't had it for 10 years!
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Oct 3rd, 2019, 10:24 pm
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I cannot believe you haven't had a reply. So what did you end up doing ? Big job, and I would've had them rebuilt before installing
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old Oct 6th, 2019, 6:06 am
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I think you will find them a straight swap but if your bike did not have then fitted you will need a dealer to program them in I believe. I took mine out and replaced them with Wilberís. Labour intensive but not difficult if you have the reprom CD. Save heaps I. Labour if you do it yourself. Check the need for special tools first though

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Oct 9th, 2019, 9:58 pm
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I'll second what Capt Howdy said
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