YSS SHOCKS 12mm vs 16mm...

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by frichtie, Feb 2, 2012.

  1. frichtie

    frichtie Been here awhile

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    The people from YSS usa are telling me they do not have a shock for my R80G/S in stock right now....unless I buy a 12mm shaft shock. Well, I" prefer a 16mm shaft. That's 1/2" instead of 5/8". Told me the ride would only be a little softer. And the 12mm shaft would be as tough as a 16mm....hmmm hard to believe for a machinist.

    Any opinion?

    Eric
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  2. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Long timer

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    Well having bent rear shocks in half before (not my YSS), I'm firmly of the belief that you should get the strongest rear shock possible. I'd hold out for the bigger one.
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  3. frichtie

    frichtie Been here awhile

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    Never broke a shock before, but I agree with you. Why install a 12mm when a 16mm is available? (sometime later)
    And I got plenty of time. This is Quebec here. Spring won't be here before...long!
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  4. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    Might as well wait for the 16mm shaft. I believe the YSS shaft is larger than the Ohlin's.
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  5. Rucksta

    Rucksta SS Blowhard

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    I'm yet to bend a shaft but I've broken mounting points
    Every shock I've killed has failed at the seal.
    Biigger shaft = larger sealing surface = longer life between rebuilds for just a tiny bit more stiction.
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    davorallyfan Commonist

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    I have some pix for you of my YSS experience

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    #1 blown shock first ride out

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    #2 blown shock after a "fix"

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    I have had another fix done and it has not blown or leaked (1 year has passed). Would I recommend them to others - no. Would I buy them again - no. Does the current 3rd time lucky fixed YSS shock work OK? - yes.

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  7. TwoTrackMind

    TwoTrackMind Long Way Round Here

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    Buy Wilbers, not some crap made in Thailand.
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  8. frichtie

    frichtie Been here awhile

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    Well.....since they do not have the 16mm in stock now....they suggest they build one for me. BUT....after what I just saw, I think I will to find a Wilbers. I think they have them in New-Jersey.

    To be continued...
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  9. England-Kev

    England-Kev Long timer

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    I have a YSS on my ST, 16mm shaft, and it is great, would I buy another, yes. Before you buy a Wilbers, why not ask what people have to say about them, I did, and that is why I bought a YSS:deal

    It is not a piece of crap as someone stated.:huh
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  10. frichtie

    frichtie Been here awhile

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    Just to make things more complicated, I found out Hagon shocks are available locally.
    They are made in England, aren't they?
    About the same price as a YSS....but how good is a Hagon?....

    Eric
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  11. Airhead Wrangler

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    buy anything else.
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  12. England-Kev

    England-Kev Long timer

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    even the original is better than a Hagon!:eek1
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    England-Kev Long timer

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  14. frichtie

    frichtie Been here awhile

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    I like the internet! For a moment, I tought a Hagon was o.k...
    Looks like the people from YSS will be asked to built me a 16mm shock.
    Unless I finally decide to put more money on a Wilbers.
    Thank you all. Since this is my first time buying a shock, you were very helpful!

    Eric
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  15. supershaft

    supershaft because I can

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    A friend of mine had the same first time out experience with his Wilbers! I have seen Ohlins do the same thing many times over! Not on the very first ride but blowing seals in general.
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  16. Arkwright

    Arkwright Grumpy ole Git

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    That is possibly a little unfair to Hagon, I wouldn't use one for hard work off-road, but for road only they're fine, it's a little bit of you get what you pay for, I have a Hagon on my Mono and it's excellent, it's set up right but I don't ride it off road. It's certainly better than the White Power on my GSPD IMHO!
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  17. Phreaky Phil

    Phreaky Phil Long timer

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    On some brand of shocks the 16 mm shock body uses a larger diameter spring which can run into clearance issues with the tire
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  18. johnwesley

    johnwesley wanta be Supporter

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    He was correct on the ride being a little softer as the 12mm displaces less oil than the 16mm. Which allows the shim stack and valve have more control over the ride. The strength side is to the 16mm shaft, if there is a strength issue with shocks on the g/s
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  19. BicyclebBob

    BicyclebBob Been here awhile

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    Tfx or hyperpro
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  20. Adrian V

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    I have a YSS on my bike now (lots of off road) and to press it has proved reliable, BUT I don't really like it, as it's initially harsh, but then still wants to bottom out...… I asked Paul Rooney and he just said to get an Ohlin's…. Hyper Pro and TFX have my attention though, so I'm hoping Prutser will chime in.
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