New shock for long-term reliability... help me out.

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by E-Bum, Mar 19, 2014.

  1. E-Bum

    E-Bum Been here awhile

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    I am completely redoing my 1988 Africa Twin RD03 at the moment and have put off deciding what to do with my rear shock until now. The original Showa shock needs replacing/rebuilding as it has vey little damping (needs reecharging) left and I believe the spring to be a bit tired.

    My biggest priority is reliability and rebuildability. Ideally whatever replacement should be able to endure a RTW. I realize that at some point during this RTW the shock is going to need an overhaul, or replacement. The idea is to go with whatever solution gives me the best reliability. Secondary is race-spec performance. I want to explore what options are available and recommended with price being the last priority.

    With many of the original AT components being of above average quality, is rebuilding the original Showa on option I should consider based on reliability? Should I instead go for a modern supension which undoubtedly be more performant, yet perhaps less reliable? If so, which?

    Thanks in advance!
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  2. E-Bum

    E-Bum Been here awhile

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    anyone?
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  3. BergDonk

    BergDonk Old Enough to Know Better

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    Well I've had excellent service with Ohlins. They work great once sprung and valved to suit, and are easy to serrvice when needed, and have never failed on me. 3 Ohlins on 3 bikes now and over 100,000 kms.

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  4. Calikatoom

    Calikatoom Norcal Moto Nut

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    Works Performance will build you a custom rebuildable shock and it won't break the bank either
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  5. yamalama

    yamalama wet coaster

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    The Wilber i installed on my Super Tenere 750 has been great, so far.
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  6. Motomantra

    Motomantra Registered Lurker

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    The Penske is supposed to be easier to rebuild. I never found out on the one I had for 40k. miles as it had no issues.
    Several good shocks to choose from.
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  7. Gustavo

    Gustavo Motociclista Errante

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    I've had a couple of Wilbers shocks that worked pretty well. Both were made to my custom order and arrived just as I ordered them (even when I made a mistake, they made exactly what I asked for, so I can't complain :fpalm). I have an Elka that works OK now but was a pain to get right initially, so I do not recommend them if you are in need of something that will show up as you needed to continue your RTW trip.


    Gustavo
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  8. E-Bum

    E-Bum Been here awhile

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    How have people's experiences been with Ohlins' customer service overseas. For example, shock blows out in Patagonia somewhere.. How dependable is Ohlins in terms of supporting their product?


    Does anyone have any experiences with Hyperpro shocks?
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