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How many miles did your stock ESA shocks last before needing replacement? (GT/S/RT)

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Sorry if this is a re-post but I've searched without finding an answer to this question. if your ESA shocks are still OK please don't vote.
 

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Has anyone replaced their ESA shocks yet?

I know you can get the factory units for a lot of $$, but I've also heard that Works has replacement shocks, but that they need to steal some of the ESA parts off your old shocks. I don't know of anyone who has gone either route yet.
 

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I've been surprised at the lack of discussion on this issue. With most GT riders racking up lots of miles, there should be lots of 06 bikes out there with 20-30k+ miles on them and presumably needing new shocks.
 

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I've been surprised at the lack of discussion on this issue. With most GT riders racking up lots of miles, there should be lots of 06 bikes out there with 20-30k+ miles on them and presumably needing new shocks.

My 06 has 33,000 miles on it and the shocks are just fine! I have no idea how long they will last.

Norris Cooper Andover Kansas USA
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93 K1100RS
 

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Somewhere around 50 or 60 thousand the old RT started to feel a bit mushy, but then I got the dealer quote for replacement and decided that it felt just fine! :teeth

This bike? Who knows? It's such a gradual thing that I don't think most of us notice it too much unless we get on a new bike after ours has 50k or so.
 

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Meese said:
Has anyone replaced their ESA shocks yet?

I know you can get the factory units for a lot of $$, but I've also heard that Works has replacement shocks, but that they need to steal some of the ESA parts off your old shocks. I don't know of anyone who has gone either route yet.
The Works info is in the HoW.
 

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Don't look at me. My LT went 85K on the stock shocks. They were completely shot, but as mentioned it's kind of a gradual thing. :)

Talk to me again when I get 50 or 60K on the GT. That oughta be sometime this summer. :D
 

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I replaced mine somewhere between 3k to 6k under warranty. Now I have over 30k on the replacements with no problems.
 

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Replaced under warranty - I was not sure was it an oil from the shock on it or from road or from the previous change. So wasn't my dealer. 35000 km/22000kmi.
 

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I figure as the shock wears I can just put in in 'sport' and pretend like it's 'normal'. Can't spell worth a darn anyway.
 

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Replaced my ESA shocks with Wilburs

My ESA shocks started to soften significantly after 36,000 miles. I ordered custom built Wilbur shocks (Non ESA, they don't make ESA replacements) from Ted Porters Beemer Shop in Scotts Valley California. Ted took about 45 minutes explaining the difference between the Ohlins and Wilburs. He showed me a set of Works shock and I was not impressed with the quality or workmanship. There really is no such thing as custom Ohlins from the factory they just use stock parts and assemble the shock with springs for your weight. Don't bother flaming me, Ohlins are great shocks they just are a notch or two below the Wilburs. I have had Ohlins before and they are great replacements for stock shocks but just are not built to spec. like the Wilburs are. The Wilburs are custom built to my weight, weight of the bike, my preferred riding style and they are valved and sprung accordingly. After the Beemer Shop installed them we measured the bike for static sag and it was dead on right from the factory, I have since put in one click in the front for rebound and one full turn of preload in the rear and that is it. They are absolutely flawless shocks. My K12S handles better, is lighter (Hey every little bit helps) and I am one very happy camper. When the Wilburs need to be rebuilt I can put the ESA shocks back on while the Wilburs are out to the factory. It doesn't get any better than that. :clap:

Cheers!

Todd
 
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