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Ohlins Service/Rebuild

I have a set of Ohlins that are, AFAIK, two or three years old. I have no doubt that the prior owner really enjoyed them and put them through their paces.

Before I install them on my '05, I thought I'd have them serviced/rebuilt as needed. The Ohlins site lists several service centers, and the price seems to be about the same to have them done at a service center or at Ohlins USA facility.

Since price is not differential, any input on experiences with "factory" service versus "authorized" service on these would be appreciated.

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I have a set of Ohlins that are, AFAIK, two or three years old. I have no doubt that the prior owner really enjoyed them and put them through their paces.

Before I install them on my '05, I thought I'd have them serviced/rebuilt as needed. The Ohlins site lists several service centers, and the price seems to be about the same to have them done at a service center or at Ohlins USA facility.

Since price is not differential, any input on experiences with "factory" service versus "authorized" service on these would be appreciated.
I can highly recommend Andy Kettle at Onlineparts.com

He has set up my last two sets of Ohlins. Since you're going to the trouble of having them rebuilt, make sure you get the proper springs for your weight and riding style...

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I have a set of Ohlins that are, AFAIK, two or three years old. I have no doubt that the prior owner really enjoyed them and put them through their paces.

Before I install them on my '05, I thought I'd have them serviced/rebuilt as needed. The Ohlins site lists several service centers, and the price seems to be about the same to have them done at a service center or at Ohlins USA facility.

Since price is not differential, any input on experiences with "factory" service versus "authorized" service on these would be appreciated.
Kyle Racing in California. The service in the states are from factory authorized dealer's.Factory service is in sweden. BTW the 2005 front shock has a different part number compared to pre 05 bikes.

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The service in the states are from factory authorized dealer's.Factory service is in sweden.
By "factory," I was referring to Ohlins USA. Does this change anything?

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BTW the 2005 front shock has a different part number compared to pre 05 bikes.
I spoke with one of the folks at Ohlins USA and he mentioned this. He said the size, stroke, etc were identical between the units. Does anyone know what the difference is?

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By "factory," I was referring to Ohlins USA. Does this change anything?


I spoke with one of the folks at Ohlins USA and he mentioned this. He said the size, stroke, etc were identical between the units. Does anyone know what the difference is?
The front end geometry was changed in the '05 (decreased rake I believe). This change could have changed the shock as well.

My understanding is that the factory authorizes facilities in the USA to do their repairs. The link to GP Performance is one of these outlets. In fact these guys make parts of Ohlins and ship them overseas for assembly. Great guys to deal with.

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I spoke with one of the folks at Ohlins USA and he mentioned this. He said the size, stroke, etc were identical between the units. Does anyone know what the difference is?
Hi Tony, first question no . Second question , if the shock is the same then only dampening and spring rates may be different. Do yourself a favor and call Dan Kyle of Kyle Racing he will be able to tell you the difference between the shocks.

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I already gave you my answer to this question in a different thread on Ohlins shocks.

Since you never responded, I guess you never saw it.

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Thanks, Joel. Just saw that. . .

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Thanks, Joel. Just saw that. . .
Yer welcome. Just to recap, I've used 3 different rebuilders now, two of which were top-rated California suspension shops. For my third rebuild, I used an Ohlins Service Center recommended on the Ohlins website. They did a noticeably better job. Of course, they were more expensive as well. The shocks ran as good as new, which I couldn't say for the other two places. You're lucky to have two of the service centers so close by.

BTW, I try not to exceed 25K miles between rebuilds.

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