800GS shock bolt design flaw?

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by johngil, Jul 16, 2009.

  1. ducpilot

    ducpilot Been here awhile

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  2. Ronin ADV

    Ronin ADV Gear addict

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    Ducpilot

    Stock shock? Indy kit?
    I also was just down on the southern part of the UTBDR, but I took the WR. That made Lockhart a lot easier. Sorry about your shock bolt. I originally had the Ralle Moto brace (the one you linked) and eventually switched to the Indy kit when I switched from the OEM shock to the Ohlins. No problems yet.
  3. LukasM

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    I really don't get it... Why do people keep buying that stupid brace when it has been shown that you can still bend your shock bolt with it, it is more expensive, and the Indy kit has proven to be completely problem-free (AFAIK)? :huh
  4. Indy Unlimited

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    Got Indy kits in stock for aftermarket and stock shocks. About half the price and more effective than the Best Rest bracket. I ship worldwide. PM me for details.
  5. Snowy

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    The Indy Kit is about the only part of my F800 that I have total confidence in now. I'm eyeing the rest of it suspiciously. Not letting my guard down.

    2 up and camping gear on fire trails, the top and bottom Indy kits have been to hell and back.

    I can't see how you could punish them any harder. Jumping the Grand Canyon.....maybe...
  6. johngil

    johngil Reseda, CA

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    Nothing personal against Best Rest, but you're heading down the wrong path.
    Indy is the way to go.
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    Looks like it bent that frame spar pretty good. :cry
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    I bent a 12.9 with the Ralle Moto brace installed. Have the Indy kit now (top and bottom) and everything is looking great after a full season of abuse.
  9. Motoriley

    Motoriley Even my posing is virtual

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    I'm a fat fart at 220lbs without my gear and since I replaced my slightly bent stock bolt with the Indy kit all is well.. Lots of bumps and a few jumps...
    The kit is cheap, easy to install and actually works....:clap
  10. Natnewt

    Natnewt Been here awhile

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    Would you mind cancelling my order then? ;)
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    I got the Indy top kit and never looked back. Have people been bending lower shock bolts now? :eek1
  12. petzi-baer

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    aaah - so you got that brute force lowering kit installed.... -

    So the Indy kit is a must for all aftermarket rear shocks. Did you guys - with the indy kit - bother getting the stronger bolt as well?

    Also is the Indy kit available for all after market rear shocks or just lmited to Oehlins?
    I am think of upgrading the suspension on my bike - not that really need it.

    petzi-baer
  13. Indy Unlimited

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    Indy upper kits are available for stock shocks or any aftermarket shock for the same low price ad include a stronger grade bolt.
    Just specify which shock you have and which country you need it shipped to when you PM me.
  14. petzi-baer

    petzi-baer Been here awhile

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    Will do. Now I have to convince the company providing the shock to actually send me one :-)

    Petzi-Baer
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    Did you find a suitable bearing for the WP shocks Dan?
  16. Indy Unlimited

    Indy Unlimited Long timer

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    Hey Lukas,

    The only solution for the new WP shocks using a 25mm O.D. bearing is to use a self lubricating bushing or bore out the shock mount to 26 mm bore. I will provide the bushing for people without access to a mill.
  17. Shawnee Bill

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    Is there some trick to removing that plastic cover over the top of the shock? I've taken those 4 nuts off and a bunch of other plastic pieces but I can just barely move that cover.

    Thanks in advance.


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    There are 2 torx screws on the sides where the fairings attach.
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    Ha ha.... I feel your pain...... Don't ask me why....:freaky:freaky
  20. Indy Unlimited

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    It has been a while but I think there are black cable ties from the main wiring that need to be cut off.and replaced later when you reinstall the plastic shock mount cover.