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post #1 of 10 Old Apr 18th, 2014, 8:25 pm Thread Starter
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Just replacing the Rear Shock

Would replacing just the rear shock be a little out line I do not feel like spending the big buck for both right now and wait with the front until a nother time or would I make a worse ride that way ;;well you know its a 03 and it seems like a lot of money to spend on that old of bike at the moment

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Re: Just replacing the Rear Shock

Here is set of Wilbers on ebay, you need to send him your old ones and 750.00.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Wilbers-shoc...aaa2dd&vxp=mtr


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Does anybody out there got their old shocks they could send to this guy on ebay until I GET a chance to get mine off I will pay for you ship them and more
I just will not get a chance until June explain some other time or better yet send your shocks to me I will take care of it

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Re: Just replacing the Rear Shock

I changed only the rear shock on my '99 and found the ride and handling much improved. The front shock is definitely getting tired and longs to be renewed again but I've suffered no ill-effects for the last 20K miles from replacing only the rear first. I ride the LT almost exclusively two-up and if I'd known what a vast improvement the new rear shock would make I'd have done it sooner without regard for the front that was still functional but showing some age. I was also saving up to do them both at once.

Say, not to hijack, but when did '03 become and old bike? It does seem that BMW is headed down the road of making obsolescence based on age rather than remaining life. I consider my '62, my '66' and my '77 BMWs to be timeless and with minimum labor and expense they are still reliable enough today to ride x-country. However, I too consider my '99LT to be old and on the way out: just too complex and aggravating to restore back to immortality as its time comes. Odd that I never perceive my older BMWs that way and wouldn't hesitate to drop $750 to replace the shocks but with my beloved LT I wonder if it's rational to spend it on an "old bike" that has so many other aging and pricey components. I guess it's the price we pay to ride the best.
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Does anybody out there got their old shocks they could send to this guy on ebay until I GET a chance to get mine off I will pay for you ship them and more
I just will not get a chance until June explain some other time or better yet send your shocks to me I will take care of it
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I have a spare rear. Email me <at> aol <dot> com and I can send it your way.

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I have a spare rear. Email me <at> aol <dot> com and I can send it your way.
Thanks for the offer but I had somebody on forum offer me both but I can not make up mind what to do because I don't know how many miles and for sure shape the ones on ebay or just take a chance

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Re: Just replacing the Rear Shock

I too, toyed with the idea of only upgrading the rear, but went with the purchase of both Wilbers in the end. Best thing I could have done. Once set-up they are excellent. Plenty of others are excellent as well, the Wilbers were less expensive than the Ohlins, but not by much. Benefits - increased ride height, so improved lean angle, more direct cornering (less wallowing) and fully loaded 2-up the bike has plenty of travel left rather than bottoming out. Better/safer all round. You get what you pay for IMHO.

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+1 on the Wilbers, I also purchased mine used from a member here. They are rebuildable as well.
You should be able to get the seller to tell you the mileage on them. Supposed the rebuild at roughly 35K I'm told. Would also guess this depends on type of riding ?

Klaus at EPM will rebuild them at a reasonable cost.

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I think I am going to go wiith just getting a new Wilber rear shock but once you get the Tupperware off the right side their is nothing to hard about it or tricky to putting the rear shock on is there

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I think I am going to go wiith just getting a new Wilber rear shock but once you get the Tupperware off the right side their is nothing to hard about it or tricky to putting the rear shock on is there
No not hard at all, Remember there is a plastic cover over the top shock mounting nut. When only replacing the rear shock your stock front will feel much softer.

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