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Difference between rears shocks

Hi I wonder if some one could tell me the difference between the two rear shocks listed on the Ohlins site.
I have a 2004 registered and manufactured LT and have been offered one from a 2006 rear shock. Mine has lost it's damping and gives a very slow bouncy ride.
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Re: Difference between rears shocks

I maybe wrong, but I think the rear shocks (Ohlin, as well as the stock) on all of the LT's are the same. The front shocks are the ones that are slightly different. They changed the front end slightly on the 05 and newer bikes, and thus the front shocks are slightly different too.
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Hi I wonder if some one could tell me the difference between the two rear shocks listed on the Ohlins site.
I have a 2004 registered and manufactured LT and have been offered one from a 2006 rear shock. Mine has lost it's damping and gives a very slow bouncy ride.
Thanks
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Yes I believe all years rear shocks are the same. Ohlins may have one with and with out external reservoir?

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Re: Difference between rears shocks

Having owned a 2000 and now a 2005, I believe the rear shocks have different item numbers. I bought Ohlins for the 2000, put them on and about 10,000 miles later took them off and swapped them to the 2005. The mount for the adjuster is slightly different on the 2005 (and maybe newer) and the Ohlins adjuster on the shock that fit the 2000 will not fit between the frame rails on the 2005. It is wrapped in a towel and zip-tied in place. I haven't called Dan Kyle Racing, where I bought them, to ask about the differences in the shocks, but it should be the length of the adjuster.

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Having owned a 2000 and now a 2005, I believe the rear shocks have different item numbers. I bought Ohlins for the 2000, put them on and about 10,000 miles later took them off and swapped them to the 2005. The mount for the adjuster is slightly different on the 2005 (and maybe newer) and the Ohlins adjuster on the shock that fit the 2000 will not fit between the frame rails on the 2005. It is wrapped in a towel and zip-tied in place. I haven't called Dan Kyle Racing, where I bought them, to ask about the differences in the shocks, but it should be the length of the adjuster.
Dam it Lee...! You did the same thing I'm doing this weekend... Barbara's Ohlins are going to Gretchen. Any problems with the swap? (Besides the reservoir)

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Re: Difference between rears shocks

Hoss,
The rear shock fit perfectly. Here's pic of the solution to the adjuster mount. You can see the spring and mount the adjuster usually mounts on in the lower right corner. The hose to the adjuster loops around from the shock side to the mount side and you can see the bottom of the adjuster under the towel. We covered the adjuster up to prevent it contacting the battery, power blocks, etc. Probably would be bad.

Hope this helps. Good luck with your installation and the new 2005. I found I had quite an attachment to my 2000. Took some getting used to, but my '05 is rapidly becoming my favorite bike.
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Thanks for the visual and the info... Alas, your photo has brought another one... Noise filter? You have a slight whine in the audio as well? if so, where did you make the connections?

As for the difference in Barbara and Gretchen. Barbara was like the wife.. Nice, predictable, fun to ride... Gretchen is a younger version...

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Re: Difference between rears shocks

Thanks for the replies, l'll take up the offer of the newer rear shock
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Noise filter? You have a slight whine in the audio as well? if so, where did you make the connections?

As for the difference in Barbara and Gretchen. Barbara was like the wife.. Nice, predictable, fun to ride... Gretchen is a younger version...

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The noise filter is inline with the electrical connections for the J&M CB. The extra electronics on the 2005 mean I have to turn the squelch up higher when the engine is running or the brakes are applied. This didn't happen on the 2000. Receive range is not as good with squelch so high, so when I need to make sure I hear someone far away, I lower it and listen to the static.

You are right about the differences in the two bikes. I'm glad my friend Dave has the 2000 and has her turning miles again. I still have visitation rights! I don't compare either with my wife. Maybe when she was my girlfriend! Or before motherhood ground everything to a halt.

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I mounted my preload unit with only one of the two bolts and angled it to clear the frame.

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Re: Difference between rears shocks

Here's an off the wall question. Why could I not use the OEM adjuster with the Ohlins? looking at it they appear to be the same at the connection point....

Anyone give it a go? I know you would have to bleed it once done, but it would solve the issue and still retain the same usability I assume...

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I mounted my preload unit with only one of the two bolts and angled it to clear the frame.
I'm going to do that this weekend. Thanks for the pointer, John!

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Here's an off the wall question. Why could I not use the OEM adjuster with the Ohlins? looking at it they appear to be the same at the connection point....

Anyone give it a go? I know you would have to bleed it once done, but it would solve the issue and still retain the same usability I assume...
I haven't seen this, but you're right. It might work. I haven't studied the connections. Ohlins might even swap the adjuster for you if you ask them nice.

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