Shocks and Dollars

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by ausfahrt, Feb 16, 2013.

  1. Ron Bernert

    Ron Bernert hiding in plain sight

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    I did Yacugars through Ted last year. Can't believe the difference. Worth every penny.
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  2. joenuclear

    joenuclear Ride to eat, eat to ride... all roads lead to pie!

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    Bruno? :ear
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  3. Bill-66

    Bill-66 Hencho in Kansas

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    Google Brunos Driveline..Canada..he rebuilds driveshsfts too
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  4. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    I put Works Perfomance shocks on my 2001 GS and boy what a difference. They cook them to order. I only wiegh 175 in my riding clothes, sometimes I carry 80 pounds of camping gear. They made shorter shocks and for my weight range. OH boy what a dleight. At the time it was a $1000. I suppose it's 1200 now.

    I'll do it on any bike I plan to keep.

    You gotta figure the weight range for OEM shocks is what???? 250 to 500 pounds? Let alone the height. Most OEM are just too darn hard for me going solo, and barely useable when loaded for camping. I can sit on a 1200 with all the pre-load off and still not get 1/3 sag which is the desirable measurement.

    40,000 miles though and soggy shocks? Must have been ridden two up loaded for camping from San Felipe to Coco's and back a few dozen times. How heavy do you have to be and how hard a use to soggy OEM shocks that are rated at such high numbers? Plus they are not cheap ass shocks...Showa...not too shabby.

    I bought a 1200GS on Tuesday this week. I sat on it and couldn't reach the ground with tipppy toes. I got off and looked at the pre-load..it was set at the highest/hardest. The (175pound) guy said he likes it like that, no luggage, no passenger...it was as stiff as a board, the suspension did not even work. I backed the pre-load AND rebound off all the way. I was able to at least reach the ground with one foot and the suspension actually moved a tad if I jumped on the seat. It's supposed to move....it's S U S P E N S I O N.......it suspends.

    YES...spend the money...you'll love it and stimulate the economy.
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  5. Britome

    Britome Get Free

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    Yes it is. Been considering for a while. I have ESA on my 2011 1200gsa and my son has straight up ohlins with no ESA on his 2006 ESA. I like his ride way better than mine.
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  6. JStancampiano

    JStancampiano PhotoJoe

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    Racetech in CA rebuilt my rear for about $165.00 It's not a wilber, but it works fine for me.

    Joe
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  7. def

    def Ginger th wonder dog

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    Try this.
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  8. ausfahrt

    ausfahrt mach schnell

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    Good replies and lots to think about.

    The thing that struck me (even though I already knew it) was that I should think of these shocks as a one time expense since the rebuilds are relatively cheap. Thinking about it this way is helping me get my head around the initial purchase price.
    I was leaning to Wilbers and still am, now I just need my farkle fund to fatten up.:D

    One quick follow-up question... Is there a limit to the number of times that Wilbers shocks can be serviced and rebuilt?
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  9. Konflict Motorsports

    Konflict Motorsports KM TUNER

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  10. lhendrik

    lhendrik Truffle Rustler

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    So, I took a look at this and for the life of me, it seems like a great solution to those of us with ESA bikes that have blown out a stock BMW shock, or will soon.

    I have a 2009 GSA with ESA, 35,000 miles, rear shock leaked out oil. I cannot think of any reason not to go with this solution if I am to keep the bike.

    Anyone tried this yet?
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  11. Lime

    Lime Been here awhile

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    I'm one that is an average rider and always believed high end shocks would only benefit really good riders. I was wrong. Prior to a trip to South America I broke down and bought a set of Ohlins for my 2007 GSA. After riding hundreds of miles 2 up with my wife on washboard gravel roads I'm sold. They really are worth the investment. Note: I did have to remove the charcoal canister in order to get them to fit.
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  12. seaswood

    seaswood seaswood

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  13. Beefeater Steve

    Beefeater Steve Banned

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    I run HyperPros on my GSA and really like them. Check out the Vendor's forum for special pricing. If I'm not mistaken, most suspension companies have 2-3 sales a year.

    After researching the price differences between buying used (then rebuilding) and buying new, it was a wash. So, I bought my HPs for just under a thousand bucks. Still a lot of money, though, but they were customized to my inseam, weight, etc.
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  14. yellow 1150GS

    yellow 1150GS Been here awhile

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    I put Wilbers on my 2003 GS in 2004. Bought the remote high/low speed compression damper and hydraulic preload adjustment options and spent $1250.00. Bike had a little over 35,000 miles on it when the shocks were installed and I couldn't believe the difference. The only change I made from the way they were set-up from the factory was to decrease the low speed compression dampening 1 click. It made such a difference on the ride quality and handling that when I installed the stock shocks back on to send the Wilbers to be rebuilt at 85,000 miles that the wife refused to ride with me as she felt the bike was "too unstable and moved around too much" on twisty roads. Reinstalled the rebuilt Wilbers and all was well. I had the shocks built for me with blue springs, and red and blue accents on the rebound and compression knobs. Looks good with the yellow tank, blue/gold Spiegler brake lines and blue valve stems.
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  15. justinallen03

    justinallen03 Been here awhile

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    I recommend doing a search and finding an ohlins dealer near you (but maybe out of state, if you catch my drift) to buy from. They all quote from the same price book, and the ones I have talked to will work with you on that price as well, something I haven't seen from the TT or other sites. Dan Kyle is well respected and quotes a good price. I bought mine from Fast bike Industries (for reasons said earlier), and he worked with me on price too...awesome service as well. There are too many ohlins dealers to buy from the one-stop shop places online imho.

    Also, I'd spring for the TTX. they are awesome :D and within the ballpark price-wise as the equivalently-optioned hyperpros and Yacugars (other 2 i was considering, which are very highly regarded)
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  16. otbmf

    otbmf otbmf

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    after 40 000 odd miles on the OP's bike, fresh shocks would be worth it.

    myself, I went with Elka's after about the same mileage, but I expect any properly set up aftermarket would be fine - expect you'd have to be really racing to reach the full limits of any of the aftermarket shocks. For what it's worth the company I bought from warned about buying 'too much shock', lots of local suspension shops could rebuild your factory ones.

    some of the quotes I saw were about $400 per shock for rebuilding...

    the Elka's are 'harsh' especially if you're putting in long hours on smooth highway - there's no real softening them up, or it the handling becomes terrible...
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  17. V@lentino

    V@lentino Inspektor

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    Not sure if you are looking for ESA compatibility or not, but there is someone selling HPs in FM now.

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=864523.

    I emailed the seller and these are not compatible with ESA. But its a good price. I am still on the fence, but pretty sure I will go with HPs hybrid which can be ESA mounted.

    I got a quote from EPM Performance Import:

    "The price for the set (model 360 front and 460 rear) is $ 1,459 including the component transfer.

    Aside from the standard “hybrid” shocks we also offer a special shock for the rear (model 461), one with a remote reservoir with manual high/low speed compression damping adjustment. The price for the set with this shock is $ 1,809.00

    The delivery of these shocks from the factory takes about 2-3 weeks. When they arrive and your OEM shocks are here, we will turn it around within 2 days and ship it back."

    I am at 44,000 Miles and planing a trip to S.A. next fall so I cannot delay the inevitable any more. After riding Baja 2up loaded with camping gear last fall, I know that I need new shocks. Somehow between witness accounts and research I convinced myself that Hyperpro is the way to go.
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  18. Britome

    Britome Get Free

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    This happens everytime i bring up these guys. No one has heard of them, no one has tried it and few people seem interested. I don't get it. This is my next big upgrade but I would love to have an earlier pioneer.
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  19. Bill-66

    Bill-66 Hencho in Kansas

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    Love my Hyperpros..and the service from Klause..
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  20. Drif10

    Drif10 Accredited Jackass

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    Stadium Suspension rebuilds my 07 gsa shocks. Good work, good turn around time. First time costs a bit more for the machining, cheaper after.

    I looked around alot. Racing background, familiar with the bennies of nice boingers. Just couldn't justify the cost.

    The stockers worked good enough for me (actually worked better than new after the rebuild), and at the cost of rebuilds every 50k miles...I'm sticking with the stock.
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