Rear Shock Replacement recommendations?

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Rear Shock Replacement recommendations?

Post by jjwithers » Mon Sep 22, 2014 2:15 am

The rear shocks are pretty worn down on my /2.

It looks like i can buy the replacement parts from BMW (i'm assuming the shock absorbers and springs).

Are there any other options out there? Perhaps aftermarket?
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Re: Rear Shock Replacement recommendations?

Post by Kurt in S.A. » Mon Sep 22, 2014 7:09 am

Mobile Tradition (aka Mark Huggett and probably Vech) have a replace Boge shock. Looks like it's running 115 Swiss Francs. Konis were a decent choice, but maybe Ikon has a replacement that would work well.

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Re: Rear Shock Replacement recommendations?

Post by Major Softie » Mon Sep 22, 2014 12:56 pm

I had Works Performance on the front of my /2. A slightly firmer ride and a definite improvement in handling.
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Re: Rear Shock Replacement recommendations?

Post by Kurt in S.A. » Mon Sep 22, 2014 1:37 pm

Does Works make a rear shock replacement? The question was about rear shocks. I'd read where the Works were stiffer and might not be as comfortable on the non-sporty /2s, but somewhat OK for the R69S.

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Re: Rear Shock Replacement recommendations?

Post by jjwithers » Mon Sep 22, 2014 2:47 pm

Yes, I am definitely referring to the rear shocks. The fronts will need some loving someday but the rear, solo, or with my 90lb daughter on the back, are much too soft. I have changed the pre-load setting lever but I think they are just old and tired.
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Re: Rear Shock Replacement recommendations?

Post by Major Softie » Mon Sep 22, 2014 11:32 pm

Vech shows an aftermarket alternative for both ends, but they're a bit more expensive than the BMW Traditions units. They are probably the Works units (if they're still making them).
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Re: Rear Shock Replacement recommendations?

Post by Duane Ausherman » Sun Dec 14, 2014 12:33 pm

The original Boge in decent shape are quite capable of doing the job for your light load. I would use them and save the money. The usually lasted at least 20 years, on average.

Test yours out, do they allow bouncing, or do they dampen out after the first bounce? Are they leaking oil? Or, show signs of an old leak? They are easy to remove and take apart for accurate testing. My site has the info.
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Re: Rear Shock Replacement recommendations?

Post by jjwithers » Wed Dec 23, 2015 2:39 am

It seems that ikon makes replacement dampeners. Has anybody tried them over the stock Boge?

Do the springs wear out? I am trying to not spend money unless necessary and wondering if they need to be replaced.

As of now, I think the issues is too much bound/rebound which seems more like a dampener vs a spring.
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