Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Maryville, TN, US
Re: rebuilding and original BMW rear shock
Went back and found my post from a few days ago. Maybe this is the one you were looking for?
I, like you, balked at the cost of good aftermarket shocks especially for my secondary bike. After doing some shopping around and then browsing deep, deep in the internet I found that our stock shocks can be rebuilt. At first, I sent my RT shocks off to Lindemann's in California. I could not be any happier with the performance of these shocks. The only problem was the turn around time. Apparently, Lindemann's is very busy, or very slow. What was promised in three weeks took three months and that was unacceptable.
Digging even further, I found a place much closer to me in Jasper, GA. GMD CompuTrac took the stock shock of the rear of my LT and rebuilt, revalved and resprung the shock to my specifications. Going on a trip to Death Valley with the wife and severely loaded I asked Kent (the owner) to up the spring on the rear. I regretted that decision as the spring was too much and the LT really did ride like a 1 ton pickup. Please remember that Kent did exactly as I asked, so the problem was one of my own doing. Upon returning from DV, I called Kent and he gladly replaced the spring with the OEM specs. The shock had to be revalved again due to the decrease in spring tension. All this work was done, in a very quick fashion and completely to my satisfaction. The cost for the rear shock to be rebuilt, resprung, and revalved was $350. Completely within my miserly budget.
Kent thinks he has stumbled on a way to rebuild the front shock now too. He asked, and I donated my old front shock for him to experiment with. I did have to replace the front shock with an Ohlins I bought off this site. I am happy with the Ohlins, but equally happy with the OEM shock rebuilt for my size and riding style. It is worth a look in my opinion, especially if you're not of the mind set that megabucks is the only way to get good performance.
(DISCLAIMER) I in no way receive any benefit or remuneration from mentioning GMD CompuTrac or it's services. Merely, I am a happy customer trying to share the wealth.
PM me if you need any more information.