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Author Topic: Rear shock options  (Read 2762 times)

SussexCol

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Rear shock options
« on: May 17, 2017, 09:41:07 AM »
Hi to All,
greetings from a wet south coast🎡
VUK is new to me so still finding my way around the site; looks good though☺
I have to replace the rear shock due to corrosion (over wintered it in a damp garage!) and I wonder if there are options out there? It's a 2005 XL1000 and is usually loaded with pillion and panniers.
Any advice gratefully received... thanks.

yen_powell

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Re: Rear shock options
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2017, 11:57:29 AM »
I fitted a Nitron to mine, I paid extra for the remote preload adjuster as getting anywhere near the adjuster on a Varadero is not going to happen.

I had to fill out a form before they built it with weights of me, usual pillion, luggage etc.

I liked it a lot.

varonda

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Re: Rear shock options
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2017, 12:45:33 PM »
 Fit a Wilbers unit -- it's set up at the factory for what you need , just tell 'em what you're going to carry -- last one I had was on the bike 6 years and after a wipe down with an oily rag it looked as though I'd just pulled it out of the box -- and they can be rebuilt if needed-- not cheap but these days you only get what you pay for . Replaced Dero with an AT and sold unit to a contributor to this site. :) :) :)
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SussexCol

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Re: Rear shock options
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2017, 03:30:15 PM »
Thanks to you both - will look at Wilburs and Nitron options for starters and see how far I get; anyone have a further suggestion (keep it clean) or feedback that would be grand 
Still raining, ho hum...

Snurrepus

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Re: Rear shock options
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2017, 09:34:11 AM »
I fully agree with Varonda.
Last September I had my "new" 2008 fitted with Wilber's rear shock, Wilber's progressive fork springs and Wilber's fork oil.
I visited Rev's racing in Halesowen.
http://wilberssuspension.co.uk/index.php

I did the same with my old 2008, and it was good as new when I crashed it last June after 130000 km.

SussexCol

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Re: Rear shock options
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2017, 06:12:11 PM »
Thanks Snurrepus - really helpful feedback; just worried now that if I go Wilbers then a crash will become compulsory :)
« Last Edit: May 18, 2017, 06:16:00 PM by SussexCol »

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Re: Rear shock options
« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2017, 08:57:25 PM »
Thanks Snurrepus - really helpful feedback; just worried now that if I go Wilbers then a crash will become compulsory :)
You are not Scandinavian and not called Erik. You will not crash providing you do not become distracted watching a bike wheelying the other way and run into the back of the bike of your biking buddy.
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Bønne

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Re: Rear shock options
« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2017, 09:04:58 PM »
Two years ago I mounted ?hlins in both ends (of the bike ;)). Expensive, yes, but I haven?t regret it one single moment!
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Snurrepus

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Re: Rear shock options
« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2017, 12:46:25 AM »
Thanks Snurrepus - really helpful feedback; just worried now that if I go Wilbers then a crash will become compulsory :)
You are not Scandinavian and not called Erik. You will not crash providing you do not become distracted watching a bike wheelying the other way and run into the back of the bike of your biking buddy.
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HEDLEY326

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Re: Rear shock options
« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2017, 03:22:31 PM »
 I stuck a hagon with preload adjuster on mine. Piece of piss to fit and mounted the adjuster with a Z bracket to the rear brake mechanism mount. Bike feels more solid. It's a bit stiffer than the origional but feels great.

BigYin

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Re: Rear shock options
« Reply #10 on: October 05, 2017, 09:52:39 PM »
I've fitted a Hyperpro to mine - I got it with the remote adjuster at extra cost and then had to fabricate a bracket to mount it on.

Anyway, 18 months after fitting it it's back off and away for a service after the damping started to fade  :(

Original shock back on at the moment and preload wound up to the max to reduce the sagging - which was why I got the new shock - hopefully have the Hyperpro back soon....

will6576

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Re: Rear shock options
« Reply #11 on: February 24, 2022, 08:11:32 PM »
Sorry to add to an old thread but Just fitted a near new rear shock from a firestorm and works a treat, sits a little higher with a stronger spring with the addition of Rebound adjustment too.
Paid £65 on ebay, easy to adjust the preload too.

Toomanytoys

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Re: Rear shock options
« Reply #12 on: May 30, 2022, 11:33:55 PM »
Looking at all options on this myself now..
Not prepared to spend £500+ i am afraid...
Must be some good used options out there..

Toomanytoys

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Re: Rear shock options
« Reply #13 on: July 13, 2022, 08:33:34 PM »
So.. picked up a VFR shock for cheap.. chucked it in... back wheel is touching the ground when on the centre stand...feels very stiff on softest preload.. damping adjuster seized.. haven't ridden it, will do just for comparison.

Sent the stock shock off to MCT in Suffolk.. to see if it was rebuildable..
Posted Thurs Eve, phone call Tues afternoon saying it was..
Spring ok, damping shot (not that they were great new apparently), low on gas..  small investigation into the spring preload and apparently it was only at base setting even when preload adjuster as wound fully in, so it's been shimmed to factory preload, damping sorted and rebuilt, in the post today for £225 ish.. I am pretty happy with the cost.. forks will need doing something with tho..
Will Bob out on the bike with the vtr shock, then swap to the rebuilt unit and report back..
Trouble is.. I have seen a V-Strom 1000 I fancy now.. ha ha ha..

 


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