YSS shocks - Any comments???

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by slashfive, Jul 22, 2010.

  1. slashfive

    slashfive moto celeritas

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    Just got off the phone with Tom Cutter discussing a YSS shock to replace the original on my 89 r100gs.

    Looking for some input/comments to go with the research I have done on these. Am considering the wilbur's also but I can have these for my trip next week and they save the wallet a bit also.

    Thanks.
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  2. Rob Farmer

    Rob Farmer Long timer

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    I bought a Wilbers for my g/s and to be honest it was a little disappointing. I heard that YSS have the development guys from the old WP shocks working for them.
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  3. Solo Lobo

    Solo Lobo airhead or nothing

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    I think Airhead Wrangler toasted a new custom built one on a ride from Seattle to TDF...
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  4. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Adios Mexico

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    Yep, I blew one on the way south, but to be fair it was kind of a fluke. A rock got inside the coil somehow and chipped the chrome off the shaft. That ate the seal pretty quickly. One of the other guys I was travelling with also had a YSS on his GSPD. It did fine for the whole trip. I'd say for the money they're pretty good. The story I heard was the engineer who designed all the wilbers shocks got fed up with working for Wilbers and left. He's now the president of YSS or something like that. Also, Klaus at EPM performance is really good to deal with. He actually sent a replacement shock to me at cost when my original blew a couple years after he sold it to me. He was really helpful.
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  5. elmontanero

    elmontanero Practicing...

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    I've got one on my g/s... Like it enormously, but I'm not hardcore offroad like Wrangler.
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  6. slashfive

    slashfive moto celeritas

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    Thanks for the replies from the esteemed members.

    Got one on order and can now contribute when the next question of "does anyone use YSS shocks?" comes up.
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  7. brentde3

    brentde3 Should be outside

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    I have a pair on my r90/6. I love 'em.
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  8. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    There's Ohlins and there's everything else.

    The Ohlins is rebuildable, sprung to your weight, and you can literally adjust compression and rebound damping while you're riding. Just reach down and turn the knob. It's a long reach for the rebound, DAMHIK
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  9. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    YSS are rebuildable, set up for your weight, adjustable compression, not sure about rebound or is it adjustable for rebound and not compression???. You can get an optional oil reservoir. I got mine from EPM, Klaus, very knowledgeable.

    I can't say how good it is as I was running the stocker. It seems fine to me. Mostly on road, some off road (not enough but always looking!!)
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  10. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Adios Mexico

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    On the basic ones you can adjust the rebound, but not the compression. The ones with attached or remote reservoir have compression and rebound adjustment.
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  11. BOOTLACE

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    Just talking to me mate Chris on Skype. He's in Khasakstan, and there is a thread here on his Rooney framed bike. His YSS shock has sagged big time in the spring, and is starting to leak it's goods. He's NOT happy.
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  12. ChromeSux

    ChromeSux Plated and screwed

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    It damn near broke my heart and bilfold to spend the bucks but i bought the Ohlins for my 89 GS, WOW what a difference, Ohlins is worth the bucks, do it you wont regret it.
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  13. Solo Lobo

    Solo Lobo airhead or nothing

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    And advice for anyone who buys an aftermarket shock... spend the $25 or whatever for a neoprene shock cover... cheap insurance.
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  14. trustme

    trustme Been here awhile

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    I'm aware of a test being carried out on their emulator springs, they also sacked out quite quickly.
    If the bike is a keeper , dig deeper , spend the money.
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  15. davef

    davef I'm outta order

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    I went with YSS for my current /5S project (R90s 1040cc motor in my /5)

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    They look great, but I don't have any feedback for you on how they ride yet. I'm still putting everything back together.

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    I figure you can't go too wrong. They're way cheaper than wilburs, and offer nearly identical performance. Surely, they'll be a step up from the old Konis that were on the bike. I would have gone with ohlins, but I couldn't see spending more on shocks than I did for the whole bike. :lol3
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  16. boxerboy81

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    Any further experience of the YSS twin shocks?









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  17. Tripletreat

    Tripletreat Been here awhile

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    I put a YSS on my 1988 R100GS. After about 3K highway miles, it began to leak oil. I never tried to get the distributor to make it good. I sold the bike.
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  18. Scrivens

    Scrivens Been here awhile

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    I've got the basic YSS twins on my W800. The springs are pretty stiff, but the damping is OK. The shocks that came with the bike were on full preload and still bottomed out with a light pillion; the YSS run fine on 2nd preload out of 4 with the same pillion. I've put about 10,000 boy-racer kilometres on mine and so far haven't had any problems. The more adjustable (and expensive) gas ones are probably better than the straight oil-damped.

    YSS are based just outside Adelaide so I rode up and had a chat with Walter Presig and we fitted the shocks to the bike while I was there. Nice bloke and very helpful - and he won the 2010 MX vintage sidecar championship so he knows his stuff. An email to him via their webpage might be worth a go. IKON are the other ones that have generally good reports.
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  19. davorallyfan

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    I blew up mine 2 times almost straight away - R80G/S

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    Sent it back to SA suspension shop to be fixed.

    Once fixed it is great - I've been to the Cape York on the corrogations hour after hour fully loaded and beyond on it - now all good.

    I have twin YSS shocks on my Triumph Scramber I can't fault.
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  20. boxerboy81

    boxerboy81 Stay Horizontal

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    Thanks all.
    I bought the basic set for my R100RS and they sure showed me the Koni's were due for some work.
    The reported leaks are a concern so I'll watch that closely. The assembly date written on the package was 2007 and I'm unsure what to make of that, whether seals might be at risk or not?
    So far they feel pretty good, but I'll watch for that leak.
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