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post #2 of 28 Old Jan 14th, 2006, 4:29 pm
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ohlins what? Tires?

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disregard...now I know they are shocks..

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They are not only "just shocks". They are the finest shocks one can mount to a motorcycle. Wilburs are a close second...at least for the LT anyway.
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Group Buy??

Just wondering if there would be enough interested riders out there to qualify for a group buy. Currently front/rear cost about $1250.

I had Ohlin's on my GT and it was a totally different animal compared to the stock shocks.


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They are not only "just shocks". They are the finest shocks one can mount to a motorcycle. Wilburs are a close second...at least for the LT anyway.
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I believe there has been successful group purchases in the past. Perhaps you should start a new thread throwing out the question. I would LOVE a set of Ohlins...or Wilburs. But the finances just ain't going to let this happen at the moment. That can change with one phone call though.
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I would be interested in a group buy!!!

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I would be intrested in group buy also.

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I've had Ohlins on my 05 since about 3 weeks after I got it. The ones from my 02 LT went on it.

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I've had Ohlins on my 05 since about 3 weeks after I got it. The ones from my 02 LT went on it.
Did the exact same thing on my 05 before I picked it up. Had the Ohlins taken off my old 03. Put the original OEM shocks, with less than 3000 miles on them, back on the 03. While they were off the dealer even offered to run them over to an Ohlins approved site to be rebuilt: inspected, new seals, tested and recharged. Even provided me with the readout documentation for the before and after comparison. The Ohlins from my 03 were a perfect match for the 05. It would have been hard to go back to stock. I have the 05 OEM shocks packed up and will do the same thing, if possible, on my next LT. If it's not possible I will pull the Ohlins anyway and put the 05 OEM shocks, with 18 miles on them, back on. I could easily rebuild and sell them. It will help to lower the Ohlins cost on my next ride. It's just another way to justify the expense of Ohlins.

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Joe,
Why do you consider Wilbers to be a close second and not as good as, or better than, Ohlins ?.
Just interested.
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Just wondering if there would be enough interested riders out there to qualify for a group buy. Currently front/rear cost about $1250.

I had Ohlin's on my GT and it was a totally different animal compared to the stock shocks.
I'd be interested in getting in on the group buy--contact me at [email protected] with Ohlins in the message and I'll be in touch/give a real person my cell.
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Group Ohlins buy

I'd be interested in a group buy too...


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Why do you consider Wilbers to be a close second and not as good as, or better than, Ohlins?
Mainly because I'm an idiot. I have fallen prey to public perception, I suppose. I have seen and heard of Íhlins shocks for so long, and on so many race bikes, that I perceive Íhlins to be the "better" choice. A lot of people on this forum have installed the Wilburs and really like them. The Wilburs do give you more control than the Íhlins do, and for a leetle less money, IIRC.
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If there is enough interest in a group buy I can contact Andy at Onlineparts and see what kind of price that can be worked out.
Info: Andy did a group buy a few years ago, he is an ex-racer, motorcyclist and currently builds custom shocks - authorized Ohlins dealer and service center. Andy now carries multiple lines of springs, so he does not have to wait for Ohlins to spring your shocks for your weight and riding style.
Let me know........

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Joe,
OK understand.
I think I will go for Wilbers this time (put Ohlins on my other bike) as the feedback from the company here in Europe has been excellent, answering my questions and doubts etc, instantaneously.
Group buyers: don't forget that ideally, each set of shocks should be set up for each individual bike, taking into account drivers and passengers weights and driving style etc, something that can't be done if buying several at the same time.
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Group buyers: don't forget that ideally, each set of shocks should be set up for each individual bike, taking into account drivers and passengers weights and driving style etc, something that can't be done if buying several at the same time.
Yes It can, we did this on our last group buy.

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Group Buy on Wilbers

There's currently a group buy on Wilber's going on at Advrider (http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=113848). Non-GS BMW's are covered as well (the LT is listed in the followup email). It looks to be very decent pricing. I was going to get Ohlins for my GS some time this spring, but I may go for these.

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I would be interested in a group purchase of these shocks for my 05 LT.

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John, you mean they will set up each individual set to each individual buyer ?.
If so, that is great service.
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John, you mean they will set up each individual set to each individual buyer ?.
If so, that is great service.
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is it worth it?

Is it worth it to upgrade to these type of shocks for a not real aggessive rider? Say on a scale of 1-10, 1 being a Gold Wing Grandpa and 10 being Valentino Rossi, where do you notice/appreciate a $1200 difference? I'm about a 6.
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I'm with DaveD....everytime I try to do something when down south I just scrape the centerstand anyhow, and in Michigan theres nothing to do but hit potholes or go in a straight line hoping you don't hit a deer anyhow. Would new shocks on the flying brick make enough difference to be worth the big bucks for a cruising type rider?

Additionally...how much work is it to change them yourself, or how much does a dealer charge to switch them? I'd hate to put this much money into a farkle....please enlighten my dumb a##......

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I'm interested in a group buy also.
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With Wilburs I can take the front tire all the way to the edge and grind off the little dimples there. Not as comfortable to do on regular shocks.

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Changing the shocks is not that technical but it does take a lot of work and a few friends to help out. It's best to change the shocks out when doing a 12k service, since you'll need to remove the fuel tank.
Most shops will charge about 2 extra hours labor if you have it done with a 12k service.

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I will post a note into the other bike areas to see if they too would be interested in buying for their RT, GT, or whatever.

At this point there appears to be around 6 or so for the potential group buy.

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Changing the shocks is not that technical but it does take a lot of work and a few friends to help out. It's best to change the shocks out when doing a 12k service, since you'll need to remove the fuel tank.
Most shops will charge about 2 extra hours labor if you have it done with a 12k service.
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Changing the shocks is not that technical but it does take a lot of work and a few friends to help out. It's best to change the shocks out when doing a 12k service, since you'll need to remove the fuel tank.
Most shops will charge about 2 extra hours labor if you have it done with a 12k service.
Sorry John, It is not necessary to remove the Fuel Tank. I changed my front shock many a time with the fuel tank in place.

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