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When new shocks?


RT_Jim

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I've seen all the posts about which shock is best, etc. but my question is: When do you replace your shocks?

 

2000 1100RT with 31000 miles on it.

 

It feels fine to me but I've been reading about how the new shocks make the bike feel brand new again, etc. etc.

 

(and since the weather is beginning to turn cool again, I'm planning for my winter projects on the bike)

 

Jim

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The rear is likely to go first on your bike. Signs to look for:

 

1) Leaks.

 

2) Hard to hold a line when leaned over deeply.

 

3) Preload adjustment doesn't work.

 

4) Damping is weak.*

 

*This last one is worth testing. Have the shock adjusted properly and put a rider on the bike, or weight equal to a rider. Have someone hold it upright. Push rear far down and release. It should not move above the starting position and then settle back to the starting position, but go right to it and stay there.

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I've seen all the posts about which shock is best, etc. but my question is: When do you replace your shocks?

 

New bike - Install Ohlins before leaving the dealership.

 

Used bike - Install Ohlins upon purchase, if not already installed.

 

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31,000 at 7 years old, you've gotten the best it had to give and that was not much to begin with. treat yourself to a good aftermarket system and see what the bike was supposed to feel like.

 

tom collins

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