R 1100GS Shocks reaching limit

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by strsout, Sep 24, 2013.

  1. strsout

    strsout Banned Camp

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    I have this 1998 R1100GS loaded with 2 Jesse begs, top bag, my wife and I.
    The total weight is about 380pounds
    What happens is that in dirty roads the rear shock bottoms in many pumps, much more then my 2003 GS and way more then my 2004 Adventure.

    Is there any way to make the rear shock harder or even higher? The knob that regulates the pressure is already on max.
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  2. def

    def Ginger th wonder dog

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    The rear OE Showa shock absorber can be rebuilt by Brunos in Iron Bridge, ON, Canada. There may be others who rebuild it as well.

    http://www.brunos.us/shocks.html
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  3. gsweave

    gsweave Yinz, blinkers are on, JACKWAD!

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    throw out those showa shock since they have been worn out since 2000


    Buy any ones aftermarket shock and be amazed.


    # 1 aftermarket item all BMW owners should purchase is PROPER shocks
    :deal
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  4. def

    def Ginger th wonder dog

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    I have read reports of Showa OE shocks being rebuilt to better than new performance for a few hundred dollars. The top gets cut off and threaded, new internals are installed, the shocks are filled and gassed and a new spring installed. The Showa shock is then rebuildable as needed after that.

    My 2001 GS OE shocks still work like new...no leaks, no sag and no high dollar aftermarket shocks.
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  5. k1w1t1m

    k1w1t1m Kiwi

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    Mine too. I did put a 20% heavier spring on the rear. That cost a little over $100 and made a world of difference.
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  6. Poway

    Poway SHED (Shit Head)

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    I bought a 98 GS1100 in Jan w 6700 miles. Rear shock was toast. On the other hand my 99 GS1100, ( sold w100k) the rear shock still functioned.
    Go figure?
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