Aftermarket shocks transform the bike

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by ausfahrt, Sep 26, 2016.

  1. Bill-66

    Bill-66 Hencho in Kansas

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    Cheaper than ESA...?? My Hyper Pros were..and work better by a ton..:dunno
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  2. Bill-66

    Bill-66 Hencho in Kansas

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    $3900???

    My Hyper Pros..full piggy back front and rear, high/low compression, rebound and hyd. Preload for the rear were HALF that...

    Oh..wait..is this for ESA compatible shocks? Jesus...I'm glad I didn't get those...
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  3. SloDon

    SloDon Hey...where am I?

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    I did this......excellent results.

    22k on them now and still working well.

    This change will allow me to wear the OEM ESA shocks out and not have to toss them prematurely.

    I am a large guy and the stock Spring was to light.


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  4. jthomas82

    jthomas82 Been here awhile

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    The $3900 is for the Touratech replacement ESA through Beemer shop. He said it would make a big difference in the way the bike handles loaded and unloaded. The stock suspension is set up for 175 pound guy and when you set the ESA to 1 up or 2 up with luggage its just compensating for the extra designed weight. At 275 pounds riding with the system on 2 up with luggage its still maxed out. My seals are not blown out but once they warm up on a rough section they turn to mush. In the middle of summer last year on the NMBDR while setting with the engine running I could feel the suspension lift then bottom out. I know its doing that when I'm riding also because at times just the smallest bump will hit bottom. Looks like I'm going to go with the TT ESA from Beemer shop!
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  5. Bill-66

    Bill-66 Hencho in Kansas

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    Hit succesive bumps..5 hours of 6 inch washboard in the Saline Valley...land from 3 feet a few times in a row..

    God Damn Jet...I love ya..but, you're way off here...Hyper Pros are arguably the best quality Off Road shock out there, short only of the TTech offering..

    That they don't break it off in your ass is a good thing.

    Your argument is a Motocross, Enduro or road race bike, gains nothing because the factory supplied it with suspension, with no idea of rider weight, ability, aggressiveness, riding style...one size fits none as it were. And it still needs rebuilt every 25-30,000 to keep it fresh, just like aftermarket stuff at a third the cost.
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  6. Bill-66

    Bill-66 Hencho in Kansas

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    Ted knows his stuff..
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  7. ndmiller

    ndmiller Been here awhile

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    That guys got Youtube videos showing Wilbers with your old ESA motors moved from your old shocks. <$2K I believe on the site. Again with springs for your weight, that's my plan when my ESA shocks go. Ride 3 days out, get my shocks, ride 3 days home.....
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  8. ndmiller

    ndmiller Been here awhile

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    100% agree on this. Suspension on my 06GS were just subpar, wrong shocks for my weight and just poorly setup OEM shocks. Aftermarket wilbers transformed that bike. My 14LC OEM ESA suspension isn't perfect like those Wilbers, but pretty darn close when counting the adjustments on the fly.
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  9. Florida Lime

    Florida Lime Long timer

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    I'd guess this is written by someone under 6'2". :lol3
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  10. JoeMongo

    JoeMongo ¿Por dónde?

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    I scrolled back aways and couldn't find anything but disparaging remarks about fellow inmates and negative statements about this topic. Why bother posting? He can't be trying to make friends. He certainly isn't trying to add value to the discussion.
    Now, I admit that I didn't look all the way back to the beginnoing of the thread so I admit that maybe he made a meaningful comment someplace. :stfu
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  11. TwoTiredRiders

    TwoTiredRiders Been here awhile

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    Here's the deal: If you are within the optimal weight range and don't ride off road the stock GSW shocks are perfect and hard to improve on. Like a magic carpet ride one or two up. Fabulous. If you favor single and double track you will quickly boil the oil in the reservoir (rear) and performance will rapidly diminish. Just lick your finger and touch it to the reservoir and it will sizzle after a two mile section of rocks and stuff. TT is one choice or Tractive, same thing, for serious off roading. You can even order an ESA delete kit for infinite sag adjustment and no computer controlled damping. The other time a spring or shock up grade makes a profound difference is if you are over or under the weight specs for the OEM shocks. One last thing: You CAN buy just a plug and play ESA Rear Touratech or Tractive shock and pair it up with your OEM / ESA front to make it more affordable. The rear is by far the most gain and you can always do a front later.
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  12. Boxa

    Boxa 2 Smoking Barrels

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