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You can order a Showa oem replacement thru most dealers. If your shock is worn out...chances are you spring is worked over pretty good too....I would replace the entire suspension at once with Ohlins ASAP! Accept no substitute. You may even think about going with electronic adjustable Ohlins.....worth the extra dough if you have it as it will make tuning your new racebred suspension easy. Tuning on the fly saves you valuable riding time! Although making the adjustments by hand will help you understand suspension setups more thoroughly.
 

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Shannon said:
I have an 04' KGT. Other than Ohlins, what are my options for stock shock replacement?

BMW Sport Shock (made by Showa, non-rebuildable, yellow spring), Works Performance and Wilburs seem to be the most popular replacements (other than Ohlins). There's one more mfg out there, but their name escapes me.
 

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When I replaced the shocks on my RS I found that comparable shocks from different manufacturers were also comparably priced (and similar in quality, at that level you can't buy a bad product). I went with Ohlins mainly for the (perceived) resale value.
 

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Wilbers are reasonably priced and re-buildable.
Best bang for buck imho.
Do some research on Wilbers and come away impressed like I did.
 

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I use Works.
They will fit the shocks and springs to you and your ridding style.
and they don't cost a million bucks.

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Wilbers front and rear. Heavier spring compensating for rider weight :teeth

Chances of telling the difference between WIlbers and Ohlins??? Maybe, if you're a race profesional, but then you'd be getting custom built shocks anyway.

Showa's that come with the bike aren't rebuildable unless you get a shock magician who can convert them, but the cost is about the same as new OEM, and you don't get any compression adjustment for the rear, and just preload adjustment for the front.

Pretty much any shock that is adjustable and rebuildable should work for you. First thing is, though, to get the right spring rate for both shocks.



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I have the Wilber's on my '02 KRS. Also sprung for a "robust" rider. Love 'em. Difference between stock and Wilbers was like night and day. Mine are about due for a rebuild. Would like to try Ohlins with electronic adjustability, but don't have the cash so I'll stick with what I have and be happy.
 

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Shocks

Well I was contemplating new shocks since everyone and their mother says they are junk after 20,000. Well what I did was take a good look at the shocks and there is no leaking at all so how bad can they be. I removed the rear shock and took it to a racing suspension shop here in Mooresville, NC. Roehrig Enders Suspension and Dennis Wells took the time to check the shock out a little we came up with just adding a racing "spring rubber". This boosted my sagging spring rate a little and then I jacked my rebound adjustment all the way to the right until it stopped and the came off that about 1/2 to 3/4 turns and man what a difference. I have never been this aggressive with my bike since I've had it, 2-1/2 years. I immediately took off to a road I know well and did a run without scraping my pegs. BTW- for those who know, it was Hwy. 181 out of Morganton, NC. So at 44,000 miles, my shocks are just fine.
BTW- I did find a local suspension guy to build me a set for when I need them. I can't find his card right now but do a search for Kenny Hendricks Suspension. He's in Huntersville, NC. He's strictly custom but he can make them, even with the pre-load adjustment. He's a good guy. :D
 

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BTW- I did find a local suspension guy to build me a set for when I need them. I can't find his card right now but do a search for Kenny Hendricks Suspension. He's in Huntersville, NC. He's strictly custom but he can make them, even with the pre-load adjustment. He's a good guy. :D
They're at Suspension Systems. http://www.hendrickshocks.com/

Good to know about a near local shock specialist. My Works Performance shocks are at about 18K right now. I replaced the stock Showas at about 39K.
 
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