Wilbers, Ohlins, or now Touratech?

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by longtallsally, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    Yeah Brice I have had a set of Elka's on my GS for years now. If I had to do it again I would go with the three ways but I still like them pretty well.
    Being able to adjust compression on the fly is pretty sweet....
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  2. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    .... heh just saw this..... nevermind on the Elka front.

    :dunno


    those look freakin sweet dood
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  3. Shred Head Fred

    Shred Head Fred Adventurer

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    Got my Ohlin’s installed but not without a few setbacks. This upgrade was for my '07 GSA 1200 Adventurer which I purchased used with 3600 miles. The previous owner was a big guy and replaced the front only with the Elka system. After pricing a replacement spring (softer) and purchasing a new rear Elka to match the front I decided to shop around. That's when I read about the TTX's. I was lurking on Vendor forum and notice a group buy through Kyle Racing. The discount was 20% plus no 2013 price increase of 5%. The price shipped was $1900. That's lots o beer money, but I'm excited to give them a test ride this weekend. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    For the front install you have to move the tank back to get to the top shock mount, remove lower crash bars, and belt cover. Then with the bike on the stand and the front wheel in a vise I jacked up the motor until I could remove the old shock. Since the new shock didn't come with hardware it’s assumed you have existing stock hardware. Wrong, Elka has a 10 mm x 1.5 threaded head stud and stock BMW is 10mm x 1.25. Sure enough I convinced myself it was just a tight thread and proceeded to tighten the upper nut about 1/8". Just enough to x#!^ up the thread.:baldy <?xml:namespace prefix = v ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:vml" /><v:shapetype id=_x0000_t75 stroked="f" filled="f" path="m@4@5l@4@11@9@11@9@5xe" o:preferrelative="t" o:spt="75" coordsize="21600,21600"> <v:stroke joinstyle="miter"></v:stroke><v:formulas><v:f eqn="if lineDrawn pixelLineWidth 0"></v:f><v:f eqn="sum @0 1 0"></v:f><v:f eqn="sum 0 0 @1"></v:f><v:f eqn="prod @2 1 2"></v:f><v:f eqn="prod @3 21600 pixelWidth"></v:f><v:f eqn="prod @3 21600 pixelHeight"></v:f><v:f eqn="sum @0 0 1"></v:f><v:f eqn="prod @6 1 2"></v:f><v:f eqn="prod @7 21600 pixelWidth"></v:f><v:f eqn="sum @8 21600 0"></v:f><v:f eqn="prod @7 21600 pixelHeight"></v:f><v:f eqn="sum @10 21600 0"></v:f></v:formulas><v:path o:connecttype="rect" gradientshapeok="t" o:extrusionok="f"></v:path><o:lock aspectratio="t" v:ext="edit"></o:lock></v:shapetype><v:shape style="WIDTH: 18.75pt; HEIGHT: 15pt; VISIBILITY: visible; mso-wrap-style: square" id=Picture_x0020_1 alt="Description: 0" type="#_x0000_t75" o:spid="_x0000_i1026"><v:imagedata o:title="0" src="file:///C:\Users\PAXH13~1\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image001.gif"></v:imagedata></v:shape> So I called Dan at Kyle and he promptly had Ohlin’s send out a replacement stud at NO charge. Thanks Dan and Ohlin’s. I was wondering why an aftermarket company would not stay with the standard pitch thread. Oh well.<o:p></o:p>
    So I got my new stub and replace it very carefully. Had to heat up the stud and upper mount and use jam nuts to remove because of thread locker. Another setback was the lower Torx 10MM x 50mm. Again the previous owner reassembled using a complete tube of RED Loctite. It was on the entire 50mm length. So by the time I got the bolt out it was time to replace. Thanks BMW $11.50 each but it comes with the Loctite already applied. So all is back together and on to the rear.:clap
    Remove the seats, the muffler, pannier rack, aftermarket mud sling if you have one. After that is was pretty quick, except for the cleaning of all the parts before reassemble. Tonight I am planning on doing all the measurements and adjustments. If the freezing fog let up I will do a shakedown ride.:p3rry<o:p></o:p>
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  4. longtallsally

    longtallsally Yeah I'm a chick

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    Got them installed and went for a ride on Sunday. WOW! It's a new motorcycle. :happay

    I've not touched the settings, but it was like the bike was all new again. I can still drag stuff, but I gotta try REALLY hard and I suspect even in that case, if I bump up the preload in the rear it would make it harder still. I jumped a few curbs and it felt the same but better and not like I was going to bash stuff all the time.

    Oh yeah, this was on a set of 4 year old worn out K60s too. :huh

    I also hit a bit when I was on a favorite road where apex was a dip in the road as you power out, but to keep that from happening would be too much of a compromise for all other aspects of riding.

    I probably need to adjust the damping a bit here and there, but overall worth every penny and I'm mad I didn't do it sooner.

    The bottom line is that it's now back to me being able to ride the bike to my skill level and it reacts how I want it to as opposed to having to compensate for a poorly set up machine.
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  5. Tbone

    Tbone off-ramp slayer

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    It's nice when you spend the $ and it's worth it.100k on my ohlins with no issue (just service every 40-50K) I put a shock sock on my front and it still looks like new!
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  6. justinallen03

    justinallen03 Been here awhile

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    Ordered them from Dave at fast bike industries...will be here tomorrow! Looking forward, but it's gonna be another week or so to get them on while I have to wait for my GSA sidestand and centerstand to arrive (thats right, I went to GSA spec boingers for my GS :evil).

    Can't wait to feel what this machine can do then!
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  7. justinallen03

    justinallen03 Been here awhile

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    If you don't mind, could you post pics of the preload adjuster on the bike? I'm trying to figure out how I want to orient it and looking for ideas. I wish they would have just mounted it to the shock.
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