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Old 07-22-2010, 11:50 AM   #1
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YSS shocks - Any comments???

Just got off the phone with Tom Cutter discussing a YSS shock to replace the original on my 89 r100gs.

Looking for some input/comments to go with the research I have done on these. Am considering the wilbur's also but I can have these for my trip next week and they save the wallet a bit also.

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Old 07-22-2010, 12:19 PM   #2
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I bought a Wilbers for my g/s and to be honest it was a little disappointing. I heard that YSS have the development guys from the old WP shocks working for them.
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Old 07-22-2010, 12:24 PM   #3
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I think Airhead Wrangler toasted a new custom built one on a ride from Seattle to TDF...
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Old 07-22-2010, 01:26 PM   #4
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Yep, I blew one on the way south, but to be fair it was kind of a fluke. A rock got inside the coil somehow and chipped the chrome off the shaft. That ate the seal pretty quickly. One of the other guys I was travelling with also had a YSS on his GSPD. It did fine for the whole trip. I'd say for the money they're pretty good. The story I heard was the engineer who designed all the wilbers shocks got fed up with working for Wilbers and left. He's now the president of YSS or something like that. Also, Klaus at EPM performance is really good to deal with. He actually sent a replacement shock to me at cost when my original blew a couple years after he sold it to me. He was really helpful.
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Old 07-22-2010, 01:37 PM   #5
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I've got one on my g/s... Like it enormously, but I'm not hardcore offroad like Wrangler.
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Old 07-22-2010, 02:31 PM   #6
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Thanks for the replies from the esteemed members.

Got one on order and can now contribute when the next question of "does anyone use YSS shocks?" comes up.
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Old 07-22-2010, 08:18 PM   #7
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I have a pair on my r90/6. I love 'em.
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Old 07-22-2010, 08:26 PM   #8
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There's Ohlins and there's everything else.

The Ohlins is rebuildable, sprung to your weight, and you can literally adjust compression and rebound damping while you're riding. Just reach down and turn the knob. It's a long reach for the rebound, DAMHIK
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Old 07-22-2010, 08:43 PM   #9
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YSS are rebuildable, set up for your weight, adjustable compression, not sure about rebound or is it adjustable for rebound and not compression???. You can get an optional oil reservoir. I got mine from EPM, Klaus, very knowledgeable.

I can't say how good it is as I was running the stocker. It seems fine to me. Mostly on road, some off road (not enough but always looking!!)
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Old 07-22-2010, 08:54 PM   #10
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adjustable for rebound and not compression???.
On the basic ones you can adjust the rebound, but not the compression. The ones with attached or remote reservoir have compression and rebound adjustment.
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Old 07-23-2010, 06:12 AM   #11
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Just talking to me mate Chris on Skype. He's in Khasakstan, and there is a thread here on his Rooney framed bike. His YSS shock has sagged big time in the spring, and is starting to leak it's goods. He's NOT happy.
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Old 07-23-2010, 07:31 AM   #12
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It damn near broke my heart and bilfold to spend the bucks but i bought the Ohlins for my 89 GS, WOW what a difference, Ohlins is worth the bucks, do it you wont regret it.
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And advice for anyone who buys an aftermarket shock... spend the $25 or whatever for a neoprene shock cover... cheap insurance.
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Old 07-23-2010, 02:48 PM   #14
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Just talking to me mate Chris on Skype. He's in Khasakstan, and there is a thread here on his Rooney framed bike. His YSS shock has sagged big time in the spring, and is starting to leak it's goods. He's NOT happy.
I'm aware of a test being carried out on their emulator springs, they also sacked out quite quickly.
If the bike is a keeper , dig deeper , spend the money.
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Old 07-24-2010, 11:48 AM   #15
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I went with YSS for my current /5S project (R90s 1040cc motor in my /5)



They look great, but I don't have any feedback for you on how they ride yet. I'm still putting everything back together.



I figure you can't go too wrong. They're way cheaper than wilburs, and offer nearly identical performance. Surely, they'll be a step up from the old Konis that were on the bike. I would have gone with ohlins, but I couldn't see spending more on shocks than I did for the whole bike.
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