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Old 02-07-2013, 10:13 PM   #9916
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Hello,
I have an 03, that needs a rear shock.
I had the stock shock done by Sasquatch but it didn't last very long. Four hundred dollars down the drain. I have called and sent emails to discuss my shock issue but haven't got any response.
Anyway my rear suspensions is compressing enough that my rear tide rubbed of my inspection sticker. The front has progressive springs and added eluminators.
So what is the best shock for an 03 Dakar?

All suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks,
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Same with me. Im probably going to get an Ohlins this time. $400 and it didnt even last 6 months of 90% commuting...

Not happy.
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:24 PM   #9917
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Same with me. Im probably going to get an Ohlins this time. $400 and it didnt even last 6 months of 90% commuting...

Not happy.
You can have my old OEM shock for the cost of the freight, but I'm guessing the freight would be at least USD 100,-
I had the top bushing replaced and the guy helping me let gas out of it so it needs a refill unless you want it rub when bottoming. It wasnt leaking gas or oil as far as I can reacall, but it's pretty scratched from a tough life with me. Probably has around 50.000km on it and aorund 20-25.000 after the gas incident so I won't guarantee how long it works.
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:28 PM   #9918
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You can have my old OEM shock for the cost of the freight, but I'm guessing the freight would be at least USD 100,-
I had the top bushing replaced and the guy helping me let gas out of it so it needs a refill unless you want it rub when bottoming. It wasnt leaking gas or oil as far as I can reacall. Probably has around 50.000km on it and aorund 20-25.000 after the gas incident so I won't guarantee how long it works.
Thanks. Im just going to deal with it for a bit longer, and then spring for the Ohlins. Mine is still kind of holding me up. Enough to play a little on. Im just not happy that Sasquatchs rebuild didnt even get 6 months out of it before it started to go. Like tug, $400 down the drain. I never expected it to be as good as a Wilburs or Ohlins, but I thought it would have lasted longer than that.
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Old 02-08-2013, 04:12 AM   #9919
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Thanks. Im just going to deal with it for a bit longer, and then spring for the Ohlins. Mine is still kind of holding me up. Enough to play a little on. Im just not happy that Sasquatchs rebuild didnt even get 6 months out of it before it started to go. Like tug, $400 down the drain. I never expected it to be as good as a Wilburs or Ohlins, but I thought it would have lasted longer than that.
Out of curiosity, how did it "go"? Leaking oil? Not working the way it should? Sasquatch did mine a couple of years ago. It's still working okay, but I really need a bigger spring. I've been debating dropping the $1400 on an Ohlins or a Hyperpro, or $400 or so to have Lindemann rebuild/revalve/respring it.
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Old 02-08-2013, 06:48 AM   #9920
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Ohlins

If you go w/ Ohlins, you might consider Dan Kyle @ dan@kyleusa.com / 831 394 1330. He offers ADV discounts: $915 shipped for either ABS (part # BM 750) and non ABS (BM 048). Arrived fast direct from Ohlins USA, set up for my weight.

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Old 02-08-2013, 07:02 AM   #9921
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If you go w/ Ohlins, you might consider Dan Kyle @ dan@kyleusa.com / 831 394 1330. He offers ADV discounts: $915 shipped for either ABS (part # BM 750) and non ABS (BM 048). Arrived fast direct from Ohlins USA, set up for my weight.
Does that include the remote preload adjuster? Given the location of the shock, that's a must for me.
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Old 02-08-2013, 07:29 AM   #9922
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Does that include the remote preload adjuster? Given the location of the shock, that's a must for me.
Yes. Mine came w/ the remote preload. Mounts to frame just above compression tank. Only the Rebound knob adjuster is at the shock (at base, nearest the ground) and is easily accessible on my bike.
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Old 02-08-2013, 08:55 AM   #9923
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FYI, my Öhlins was built by a former world motocross championship mechanic (Esp1tech Racing Suspension, who also bulds Pål Anders Ullevålseters Dakar rally bike suspension as well as several road racing teams) and when I was talking with him he said that unless I planned to ride my bike an actualt motocross track there was more than enough gas in the shock without the remote reservoir. That way you save a little money and weight and you only have the pre load adjustment out on the frame.
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Old 02-08-2013, 09:43 AM   #9924
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Question Dakar Rad

Dear Dakars,

here goes for a long shot. Anybody state side have a spare rad they are willing to let go?

Stuck in Central America due to a damaged radiator, read beyond economical repair.

Please PM me if you have a lead on a serviceable unit.

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Old 02-08-2013, 03:57 PM   #9925
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Hello,
I have an 03, that needs a rear shock.
I had the stock shock done by Sasquatch but it didn't last very long. Four hundred dollars down the drain. I have called and sent emails to discuss my shock issue but haven't got any response.
Anyway my rear suspensions is compressing enough that my rear tide rubbed of my inspection sticker. The front has progressive springs and added eluminators.
So what is the best shock for an 03 Dakar?

All suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Tug
Sasquatch had legal trouble, he won't be answering emails or phone calls for a while.

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Old 02-09-2013, 02:02 AM   #9926
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Wheel set

If anyone has an extra wheel set 19/17 I'm interested (21/17 will also work).
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Old 02-09-2013, 02:36 PM   #9927
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Out of curiosity, how did it "go"? Leaking oil? Not working the way it should? Sasquatch did mine a couple of years ago. It's still working okay, but I really need a bigger spring. I've been debating dropping the $1400 on an Ohlins or a Hyperpro, or $400 or so to have Lindemann rebuild/revalve/respring it.
Missed this one.

Dont know that its going "out" per se, cant quite tell but dont think its leaking as best I can tell. Just doesnt feel right to me. When I first got it back, it felt very...positive. Whether at min or max, empty or loaded, it felt good. Good feel from the road, good dampening, carried the weight well, etc. Now its starting to feel soft. Feels like I keep having to turn the preload up more and more regardless of load to keep it at the same feel that I like.

Ill add a disclaimer here that all of this is seat-of-my-pants. I am definately NOT a suspension expert by any stretch of the imagination.
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Old 02-09-2013, 03:11 PM   #9928
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Water Pump Seals Question...

My 03 Dakar had no issues with water pump seals until after it was crashed at 72K miles, then sat up for 18 months before I fixed it up to make it roadworthy again. 5K miles later it was dripping coolant from the weep hole in the bottom of the lefthand engine case.

So I replaced the seals and impeller at 77K miles and have been keeping a wary watch on the weep hole since. Today, 5K after replacing the seals, I noticed a single droplet of coolant on the inside of the skid plate and when I looked closer I could see it had blown down from the weep hole. I removed the faux tank trim on that side and found that the coolant overflow reservoir was still at the "Max" level, so it hasn't leaked much yet. I also checked the oil for coolant and no evidence of any there, so I'm thinking it's only the seal on the coolant side leaking and not the one for the oil side (same as it was before).

My question is about my installation of the new seals 5K miles ago. When I put those in, I simply pressed them in and reassembled. Is there some lubricant I should've used to condition the seals as well?

I've also read that the part of the engine casing where the impreller shaft seats can become wallowed out over time to an elliptical shape and this will cause premature seal failure. How do you check for this? Also, if this turns out to be the culprit, is there a "fix" for a deformed casing or do I have to just to buy another one?

Any advice from those who've gone thru this before will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 02-09-2013, 09:20 PM   #9929
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Missed this one.

Dont know that its going "out" per se, cant quite tell but dont think its leaking as best I can tell. Just doesnt feel right to me. When I first got it back, it felt very...positive. Whether at min or max, empty or loaded, it felt good. Good feel from the road, good dampening, carried the weight well, etc. Now its starting to feel soft. Feels like I keep having to turn the preload up more and more regardless of load to keep it at the same feel that I like.

Ill add a disclaimer here that all of this is seat-of-my-pants. I am definately NOT a suspension expert by any stretch of the imagination.

Mine always felt soft, but I too am no suspension expert. It had very little miles on the revised shock, I was always have to adjust the preload as well.
Anyway when I was getting ready for a road trip I installed DOT knobbies. When testing them on flat dirt I torn my mud gaurd off. I thought it was the knobbies. Then I would here a scraping sound everytime i hit the slightest bump. Now I've lost my inspection sticker.

That said I have been doing some research for a new shock, two things I found.
1) Touratech sells a bracket that keeps the license plate assembly from bouncing so much. Mine has lots of play.
2) They also have a shock that (they say) is designed for a loaded Dakar.

I am going to order the first item, but I was wondering has anyone tried their rear shock.

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Old 02-09-2013, 09:33 PM   #9930
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That brace works really well. I have it on my bike. Rear fender doesnt even budge.
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