Blown rear suspension, KLR650, Florianopolis, Brazil

Discussion in 'Latin America' started by stovepipe, May 13, 2013.

  1. stovepipe

    stovepipe Been here awhile

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    Hey Folks, I hate to only write when I am in a pickle, but here goes. I blew the damping in my rear suspension on my 2001 KLR 650 yesterday. I had it rebuilt in Ushuiaia the last time this happened. It is a stock suspension. Anyone have any advice or local help in Florianopolis, Brazil?

    Any and all advice would be much appreciated.

    Thanks!!!
    Bear
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  2. bush pilot

    bush pilot Long timer

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    I had the problem in Peru and a similar failed rebuild attempt of my Moab shock due to a damaged shaft. I ended up getting a new shock from Rick at Cogent brought in by a friend. And sending the old shock back to Rick for overhaul.
    Definitely not a cheap alternative but having a good shock is worth it to me.

    Local overhaul of your current shock may fail again because of possibly damaged parts.
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  3. markharf

    markharf Been here awhile

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    Original shock is not supposed to be rebuildable, although people sometimes say they've had it done. It's possible that what you're experiencing is the outcome of rebuilding a non-rebuildable shock.

    I've got a contact in Curitiba, a half-day's ride from you. He's taken in overlanders from time to time, and has a mechanic/friend who is honest and does excellent work. PM me here if interested.

    Mark
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  4. stovepipe

    stovepipe Been here awhile

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    Thank you both, Mark and Bush. I agree with you guys. I think rebuilding it may last me for a little while, but will fail again, and probably with less miles each time. I'm looking into getting a rebuildable, aftermarket solution sent down to me. If that plan falls to pieces, I'll reach out to you Mark, for your contact.

    Thanks again!
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  5. NC Rick

    NC Rick Cogent Dynamics Inc

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    Not sure if it would help ( with customs). We have a totally reworked Moab that looks quite used. It is available at a good price. Shiny new ones ready to ship (Adventure vs ) also.

    We have shipped all over south America but I don't know about the tariffs on your end.
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  6. top_dog

    top_dog ADVrider wannabe

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    are you living in florianopolis or just passing by?

    In Sao Paulo and Curitiba i know some places. I'll try to find one for you.
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  7. top_dog

    top_dog ADVrider wannabe

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    Found this two guys:

    Maninho 48 9608-9557

    and

    Johnny 48 8846-8864

    Both are in florianopolis, I don't know if they speak english.
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  8. Misery Goat

    Misery Goat Positating the negative Super Moderator

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    Floripa's not a bad place to be holed up. :thumb
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  9. Lone Rider

    Lone Rider Registered User

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    Sorry I can't offer a quick solution for your current problem.

    But if you can locate a shock (for any application - car, etc) that has acceptable body dimensions with enough rod length, most any mounting eye or bracket can be fixed to it....even the current ones.

    One day or month when I'm motivated, I may look into cross referencing automotive shocks to some moto shock dimensions.

    You don't need a rear shock to travel, but having one is certainly nice...:D
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  10. Slowphil

    Slowphil Big Man in a very very small pond

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    If your going to be stuck around there try Retro House Hostal, it's out on the island about a 6 minute walk from a great beach. It's kind of laid back and a little dingy but I stayed there 3 nights and really enjoyed the place.

    Av antonio Borges dos Santos, Florianopolis, State of Santa Catarina 88066-400, Brazi
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