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post #1 of 18 Old May 27th, 2015, 8:57 pm Thread Starter
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Adjusting Rear Shock

I'm new to this and am wondering about adjusting the rear shock. Bike has 45000 on it. Looking at the adjuster under the seat. It is currently set where I can see 2 of the lower marks. I ride solo and am not sure where this should be. I'm guessing the tighter its cranked the stiffer the ride. Also I've read that these should be rebuilt every 25-30K. Pretty sure these haven't but they seem to be fine. I'm not sure what the normal ride height is supposed to be.

It's very difficult to put on center stand. Thats why I'm wondering if shock is adjusted correctly or needs to be rebuilding.

Not sure if this all makes sense but an input is appreciated.

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Re: Adjusting Rear Shock

original shocks can not be rebuilt period. Wind the adjuster all the way off, then wind back up you should feel pressure almost instantly, if the adjuster freely turns and turns then you can top up the oil (where does the oil go stuffed if I know) .
The fact you are having trouble getting it on to centre stand could be your technique or the adjuster is not lifting the bike, there is a red line in the middle which is the suggested adjusted mark for solo. Some folk reverse the bike onto a block of wood then deploy the centre stand if it is too low
here you go how to do it

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Re: Adjusting Rear Shock

the stock springs are soft and sag with age, you can replace the springs with Hyperpro springs on the stock shocks, your adjuster may be low on fluid as well
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Mine got much easier to get on the center stand after refilling the pre-load adjuster with jack oil. You can find the info on that here: http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/k1200lt/...ear-shock.html

I think the Illinois BMW YouTube might even have a video on it too. I seem to recall watching one before undertaking it myself.
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OOh.. here's one with pictures: http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/k1200lt/...tml#post204247
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Just added oil. Will see on next ride. It was really low, now I have pressure at the top. Set it at the two red dots for 1 up riding.

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Any easier to get up on the center stand? After doing mine it went from "are you kidding me" to "ain't no thang"

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Just added oil. Will see on next ride. It was really low, now I have pressure at the top. Set it at the two red dots for 1 up riding.
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Any easier to get up on the center stand? After doing mine it went from "are you kidding me" to "ain't no thang"
I've had my 1999 for a week now, and every day I attempt to get it up on the center stand, and I say the same thing, "Are you kidding me?" I will definitely check the oil. For my own sanity, please let that be the solution! Thanks!
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Re: Adjusting Rear Shock

as mentioned, springs are another problem when the bike gets on a bit, When I fitted the hyper pro rear and front springs it made a world of difference, I don't scrape the foot boards at all any more, the bike no longer squats going into corners stays bolt upright, and I can get it onto the c/stand

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Will try center stand tomorrow.
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as mentioned, springs are another problem when the bike gets on a bit, When I fitted the hyper pro rear and front springs it made a world of difference, I don't scrape the foot boards at all any more, the bike no longer squats going into corners stays bolt upright, and I can get it onto the c/stand
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All the places I see to order hyperpro pro springs are in Europe. Any place in the US carry them? Just thinking of shipping time
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All the places I see to order hyperpro pro springs are in Europe. Any place in the US carry them? Just thinking of shipping time
Try this:

High performance motorcycle suspension sales and service from EPM Performance Imports

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Re: Adjusting Rear Shock

Just go buy a Wilber or Yuagar Shock from Ted Porter I just bought a rear Shock for 03 a year ago and a made a huge differs the ride and getting it up on the center stand

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Would love to buy a Wilber, but need to save some cash. Filling the reservoir seems to have made it easier to put up on would love to buy them over, but need to save some cash. Filling the reservoir seems to have cstand.
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Re: Adjusting Rear Shock

EPM is located in New Jersey... If you send them your old shock, they will flush/replace oil and seals, as well as mount the new springs for you. I had it done a couple of years ago with a quick turnaround, so I didn't miss out on much riding time.

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EPM is located in New Jersey... If you send them your old shock, they will flush/replace oil and seals, as well as mount the new springs for you. I had it done a couple of years ago with a quick turnaround, so I didn't miss out on much riding time.
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Thanks for the tip.
Just to confirm: are you saying that EPM will rebuild the original shock of the K1200lT (made by SHOWA) ?

Are they located in "Manalapan, NJ" ?
This is the web site I found: High performance motorcycle suspension sales and service from EPM Performance Imports

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John,

Yes they will. I sent my rear shock to them and they did an overhaul on the shock and installed the Hyperpro spring.

That is the correct website. Ask for Klaus.

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