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post #1 of 10 Old Mar 24th, 2017, 1:42 am Thread Starter
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Anyone rebuild the stock shocks?

I'm looking to make my bike like new. While I have it all apart I want to refresh everything but I'm on a budget.

Is there a company that rebuilds the factory shocks so that I can put a set of springs on them?

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post #2 of 10 Old Mar 25th, 2017, 12:03 am
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Re: Anyone rebuild the stock shocks?

Generally the stock shocks are not rebuildable.
But call EMP in New Jersey and see what they have to say. You know that the successful short way is generally the long way. I suggest you invest in your very valuable machine ( compared to a new one) and enjoy it. A set of new shocks from Wilber will make a big improvement. Call Ted Porter at
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and enjoy your bike. He will talk with you and give you all the information you need.
I put a set of other brand (Ohlin) shocks on my 2000 GS and it was night and day better, almost as good as when I bought an aerostich riding suit. Wilbers are better and a little cheaper. Plus they are made in Germany for German bikes.
Motorcycles are a luxury item. You want to go cheap buy a 20 year old honda. Want a safe comfortable ride a few dollars counts.

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I replaced my stockers with Yacugars at 30,870 miles through Ted's Beemer Shop. Like beech says, Ted is very helpful and will walk you through your options and make a recommendation. At that time (June 2014), Ted recommended Yacugars and I spent about $1,600 for the front & rear shocks and a HDRO preload adjust (excludes installation). A friend of mine on this forum (zippy_gg) had his stock shocks rebuilt by a guy in the Southern California area and was happy with the outcome, and saved quite a bit. You should be able to find the thread on this forum where Gilles talked about his experience with this vendor. I think he paid $300-$400 for the rebuild plus shipping. If you're interested in just getting a set of competent used shocks to replace your worn out stockers, my set is available for $100 plus shipping. The reason I changed them out was my '07 LT tended to bottom out when hitting speed bumps and I thought it was time for a new set. After installation of the Yacugars, it still bottomed out on the same speed bumps. Oh well...

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I replaced my stockers with Yacugars at 30,870 miles through Ted's Beemer Shop. Like beech says, Ted is very helpful and will walk you through your options and make a recommendation. At that time (June 2014), Ted recommended Yacugars and I spent about $1,600 for the front & rear shocks and a HDRO preload adjust (excludes installation). A friend of mine on this forum (zippy_gg) had his stock shocks rebuilt by a guy in the Southern California area and was happy with the outcome, and saved quite a bit. You should be able to find the thread on this forum where Gilles talked about his experience with this vendor. I think he paid $300-$400 for the rebuild plus shipping. If you're interested in just getting a set of competent used shocks to replace your worn out stockers, my set is available for $100 plus shipping. The reason I changed them out was my '07 LT tended to bottom out when hitting speed bumps and I thought it was time for a new set. After installation of the Yacugars, it still bottomed out on the same speed bumps. Oh well...
The idea with speed bumps is to go over them slowly.

You must be hitting them really fast to bottom the LT suspension as you should have close to 3" of compression travel left if your static ride height is adjusted properly. Most speed bumps aren't much higher than 3" or some low riding cars would drag on them.

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The idea with speed bumps is to go over them slowly.
I been doing it wrong all this time
They should call em slow bumps
But serious, Speed bumps usually have a small area near the curb that has no bump, that's where I try to go.
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I been doing it wrong all this time
They should call em slow bumps
But serious, Speed bumps usually have a small area near the curb that has no bump, that's where I try to go.
Another quirk of the English language. Like driveway and parkway...

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Re: Anyone rebuild the stock shocks?

Here is a shop in Southern California:
Motorcycle Race Suspension - Lindemann Engineering

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Re: Anyone rebuild the stock shocks?

Lindemann Engineering did the suspension on my zx-11 some years ago.
It was a very responsive balanced bike after they did their magic.
I'll have to give them a call.
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Cannot overrate Wilburs front shock. Better than Olins for this bike -- more robust. They'll custom-build it for your weight and riding style, and it's adjustable. Made a world of difference on my '05 LT. About $900.
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I went with Hyperpro from EMP in New Jersey, got both front and rear springs for about $290, haven't ridden the bike yet, but from what I understand one of the best upgrades you can do
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