Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: New Berlin, WI, USA
Rear Shock Questions
I'm prepping for the DIY part of maintenance on my 2005 LT. I think my suspension may need to be replaced (45,000 miles) and was looking at the Clymer manual to work out how much of the work I can do myself, and how much I should have the local BMW shop undertake. I'm pretty good with tools - I've got a chainsaw, a broom and a hammer.
Anyhow, the bike does not ride at all well. It's either too soft and bottoms when my wife and I are aboard, or is too hard and bounces over every pebble. Can't get the thing adjusted right.
The photos of the rear shock in Clymer show two adjustment points: The remote adjuster knob that I am continuously fiddling with, and a ring-type rebound adjuster on the bottom of the shock. I did not know that the LT had a rebound adjuster on the rear shock. I even took a look at a used one on the Beemer Boneyard website and it didn't appear to have a rebound adjuster.
What am I overlooking here? Is there an adjuster or not?
I'm not keen on spending $2K on new suspenders (plus installation, probably) so if there is something I'm overlooking that might be a big help budget-wise.
Inside my 60 year old body is a 35 year old brain wondering what the hell happened.
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