Wilbers vs Ohlin?

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by The Jinx, Feb 17, 2011.

  1. GB

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    You send Wilbers (and HyperPro too) your stock shocks, they remove the esa servo motor and mount it on their shock and send it back.
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  2. tagesk

    tagesk Tuscan rider

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    If you like, you can have my Wilbers-enabled 1150 and I'll make do with your ESA-enabled plastic thing.
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  3. bigdave-gs

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    Jinks, it all comes down to how close the service center is to where you live as to whether you get Ohlins or Wilbers. I ride with Ghostrider1964 and he has both, Wilbers on one GSA and Ohlins on the other GSA, I have Ohlins on my GSA and they were built for me, longer because I'm 6'8" with a 40" inseam and a heavier spring and valving because I'm 325lbs. So it all come down to the service for the shock, what's closer?
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  4. rallen

    rallen "Lost with a Purpose"

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    Don't know when they will be out, but Race Tech (United States) is working on shocks for the BMW bikes.

    I was planning on upgrading shocks next winter, so hopefully they will have them out by then for GS.
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  5. Schlug

    Schlug JockeyfullofBourbon

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    put something on and stay in that position.
    I don't know what you mean by 'factory option'? You can't buy Ohlins from the Ohlins USA website, it's dealers.

    The quality Ohlins vendors, like Pro-pilot in New Jersey or the inmates vendors who sell Ohlins talk to you and sell you a shock based on riding style, weight, and whatever else you care to tell them.

    I suppose you could just order from touratech and adjust your spring rate but why? So, yes, go with a quality vendor. Pro-Pilot will also rebuild your shock for about 90 dollars plus any parts in about 2 days.

    But, like I said, if you're in Oregon or South Carolina there's an Ohlin dealer ready to help should you have issues.
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  6. DiamondLie

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    Did you mean DEAN at www.Burke-Motorsports.Com? That is the only vendor I currently see that is selling Ohlins at a discount for ADV members. ???
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  7. ghostryder

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  8. DiamondLie

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    Much obliged Ghostryder!

    I'm hoping to find a good outfit that could sell and then install them for me at the BMW MOA Rally in Salem, OR coming up next week.
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  9. Joeboxer82is

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    I believe most aftermarket shocks comes with a standard shim stack. In most cases,only e springs are tailored to your weight. Over in Singapore, most Ohlins shock comes with e 140 rear spring by factory unless u request for a different one. Whatever aftermarket shocks we have or own, it will only behave like one when u have it dialled in or set up correctly. Most riders only know how to ride and say it feels good cos of e branding when it's actually not set up properly. I was also told that Ohlins required shorter service intervals compared to the other brands. Wonder how true is that? I'm riding an 01 R1150GS with both Ohlins level 2 shocks front & rear. Just had it rebuilt last week and it feels uber plush now. I had it set up myself and so far, it has performed way better than I expected. Hope that helps...
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  10. staikosn1

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    I got hyperpro shocks andIm very glad with my decision....
    Search about them and compare...
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  11. JustKip

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    That don't seem likely unless you've already made arrangements. There's a limited time for them to install and they often book up in advance. But more importantly, you normally need to order your shocks a few days...up to a few weeks in advance. My Yacugar took 5 or 6 weeks, but they're not as common as Ohlins.


    Correct. The "standard" spring (rear) is 140 lbs, and if you're over about 190 lbs it will be sprung too soft. You will need to use much of your preload for your own weight and start with more limited travel and capacity.

    Other aluminum body shocks have similar service intervals. That's part of why I went with Yacugar...steel construction and 16 mm shaft vs the 14mm of Ohlins. But if you're only riding streets and occasional short trips on dirt roads ANY aftermarket shock will be a big improvement and durable enough. Most people couldn't tell the difference in ride from one aftermarket shock to the next. As long as you're getting a shock that's built for your weight and use you will be very pleased for a very long time.
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  12. Joeboxer82is

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    Very true. Like myself,i do 90% street riding so any other aftermarket shocks which is properly set up will do e job very well. I'm interested to know more about e Yacugar now cos i've never come across that unique name before :)
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  13. DiamondLie

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    Yacugar don't make an ESA compatible set though. :deal
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  14. justinallen03

    justinallen03 Been here awhile

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    the TTX Ohlins are 16mm shafts on rear (14 on front) and I believe steel-bodied.
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  15. turnerm

    turnerm Been here awhile

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    I've had Wilber's, Ohlins and Hyper Pro.
    I can't compare as they were on 3 different types of bikes and had different levels of service.
    I had Ohlins on a Duc 996 and R1100s. I noticed no difference on the 996 between stock and the Ohlins, but there was very little service from the seller. It may have been the wrong spring, etc. plus wheel travel is low on that bike so not as easy to tell. On the r1100s the difference between stock and Ohlins was huge. It also added some height and wheel travel. Loved it.
    The Wilber's and Hyper Pro were purchased from Klaus in NJ. Can't say enough about Kaus and the service he provides.
    I put the Wilber's on a R1150rs and the Hyper Pro on my current GS.
    Both feel great.
    On my GS, I may have ordered the Huper Pro with a weight too high because they are stiff. When I had the bike weighted down on my trip the bike felt amazing. So maybe they were set up a little stuff.

    I will say that the build quality, fit and finish is outstanding on the Hyper Pro. I can't say which of the three is better though. Way too many variables.
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