R80G/S rear shock

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  1. Donkey

    Donkey Been here awhile

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    I'm looking to replace my stock rear shock and although there are options out there, what are people using for replacements that are black spring/stock looking shocks? I know it's an aesthetic thing but that's what I'm lookin for. Saw Wilbers econoline but doesn't seem very easy to get in the US.

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  2. elmontanero

    elmontanero Practicing...

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    YSS Shock: Looks like this. I've had good luck with mine... If you hammer them, like other shocks - they will fail. They are a price point purchase... some folks claim that they're based on the Wilber's design. Factory Bilstein on top. [​IMG]

    The ruler is there as a note to myself. Klaus was able to increase the length a tiny bit for my long legs with NO problem interfering with the driveline etc. You could remove the YSS sticker if you wish.
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  3. Airhead Wrangler

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    You can get any shock with a black spring. If not, just paint it black. Suspension is important enough that you don't want to choose it based on spring color.
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  4. patrkbukly

    patrkbukly 52 Weeks of warm

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    Ohlins,
    yellow,
    Great shock.
    yellow.
    expensive
    yellow.

    You can always get the yellow plugwires to match. See how the one dude with the black sleeves doen't match the rest of the band? You want that?

    [​IMG]
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  5. patrkbukly

    patrkbukly 52 Weeks of warm

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    [​IMG]
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  6. Donkey

    Donkey Been here awhile

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    :lol3
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  7. Donkey

    Donkey Been here awhile

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    Thank you!

    Copy that, was considering ohlins and painting the spring but don't know how it'll hold up being a moving part. :ear
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  8. Airhead Wrangler

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    The springs are powdercoated from the factory. You can do the same to it, but you SHOULD be able to order a black spring with just about any shock.
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  9. patrkbukly

    patrkbukly 52 Weeks of warm

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    ...many years ago on my bumblebee only because it was developing some rust spots. After a lot of work the paint held for about a year and rust spots started again so I would suggest against.

    Never know, Ohlin may have something already per request. I dealt with them directly I think in North Carolina. The guy was fantastic on the phone, took the time to really listen and offered some suggestions so maybe give them a call...

    Here is their info;
    http://www.ohlinsusa.com
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  10. Donkey

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    maybe an ohlins with a black spring or have the spring powder coated black. You guys think the powder coating will hold up to the constant moving of the spring? wondering if it'll crack...
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  11. Airhead Wrangler

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    If you use the right stuff, it should be fine. Springs are all powder coated from the factory.
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  12. elmontanero

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    Like I said.. YMMV.. and many do. I'm a lightweight at 175lbs and gear for the trips I've been on and I've been fine with the YSS. Others have blown theirs out, but they admitted to running straight into the trouble spots, I'm a leisurely guy that likes taking it easy....
    [​IMG]
    That was the easy part where I was willing to snap a pic instead of holding on for dear life...
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  13. Airhead Wrangler

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    I blew mine out after about 20,000 miles, but it got abused pretty badly. YSSs are a pretty good value for their price.
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  14. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    I had a YSS for a few years, moderate off road use it did fine..sold it and got an Ohlins. Was happy with the YSS, but more happy with the Ohlins.
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  15. Donkey

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    If I go with an ohlins shock (a basic one) how bad is the front suspension gonna feel. I'm using stock springs and 5 weight fork oil presently. Thnx
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  16. Steve in NZ

    Steve in NZ scared/cheap

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    i got a ohlins, no one knows its a ohlins cause its been powder coated black
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  17. Donkey

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    Got a pic? :D
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    I took the red spring from my stock "sport" rear shock for the GS

    I cleaned it up, sanded it with 400Grit spot treated any rust areas and sprayed it with Krylon Semi flat Black.

    It's been holding up just fine.
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  19. Donkey

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    looks like the only Ohlins shock for a mono is the bm317 which is a piggy back variant. Don't want to spend that much and also want more of a stock look so what to do :baldy
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  20. Airhead Wrangler

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    Despite being one cheap SOB, I'm of the opinion that spending as much as you can afford on suspension is worth it. Like all things you reach a point of diminishing returns, but there is a big difference between the cheap ones and the nice ones.
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