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PostSubject: Bad Shock on rear   Bad Shock on rear I_icon_minitimeTue Sep 20, 2011 6:37 pm

My right rear shock seems to be bad and I have been searching for a new one. I used the search feature on this site and all the links I come up with are a couple years old and most of the links are bad or don't work.

I found some here:
http://www.cheapcycleparts.com/model_years/1067-honda-2002-silver-wing-fsc600/assemblies/15374
But I was wondering if there were better ones or if the stock ones were adequate? There seems to have been a discussion long ago about shocks but nothing recent that looks relevant.

Hints or tips?
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PostSubject: Re: Bad Shock on rear   Bad Shock on rear I_icon_minitimeTue Sep 20, 2011 6:49 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Bad Shock on rear   Bad Shock on rear I_icon_minitimeWed Sep 21, 2011 2:02 am

There is Hagon in the UK. They do a small range, Some are cheap and some are rather fancy nitro ones.

bits4motorbikes in the uk stocks them. I tried to post a link, but got an error because I'm a new member.
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PostSubject: Re: Bad Shock on rear   Bad Shock on rear I_icon_minitimeWed Sep 21, 2011 5:07 am

I've got Ohlins on mine - well worth the expense but standard ones are probably only available from Honda stealers.

Cheers,
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PostSubject: Re: Bad Shock on rear   Bad Shock on rear I_icon_minitimeWed Sep 21, 2011 7:24 am

I believe honda-silver also mentioned these folks and they are less expensive than Ohlins while still providing excellent performance.

http://www.wilbers.de/en/scooterpirate.php

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PostSubject: Re: Bad Shock on rear   Bad Shock on rear I_icon_minitimeWed Sep 21, 2011 7:34 am

Vealie wrote:
There is Hagon in the UK. They do a small range, Some are cheap and some are rather fancy nitro ones.

bits4motorbikes in the uk stocks them. I tried to post a link, but got an error because I'm a new member.

Following on from Vealies post, here is the link to the shocks from "bits4motorbikes";

http://www.bits4motorbikes.co.uk/GroupMShocks.html?ID=134

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PostSubject: Re: Bad Shock on rear   Bad Shock on rear I_icon_minitimeWed Sep 21, 2011 8:45 am

Good shock absorbers are very expensive judging by other forums (fora?). I suspect that the 'Wing ones are made to a price like most everyday bikes and that up-grading will be a pricey thing, also choice will be limited due to low numbers of Swings out there.
Has the OP thought about having the shock re-built by a specialist, if it's possible ??
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PostSubject: Re: Bad Shock on rear   Bad Shock on rear I_icon_minitimeWed Sep 21, 2011 9:58 am

bikerboy wrote:
Has the OP thought about having the shock re-built by a specialist, if it's possible ??

The OEM shocks are not rebuildable. Someone even investigated a custom rebuild and found they could not be rebult ... they are throw away.

When buying new shocks, it is always good to know if the shocks are rebuildable or throw-away ... if you plan for high mileage.
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PostSubject: Re: Bad Shock on rear   Bad Shock on rear I_icon_minitimeWed Sep 21, 2011 10:58 am

I got a spare used rear shock $30 plus shipping if intersted
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PostSubject: Re: Bad Shock on rear   Bad Shock on rear I_icon_minitimeWed Sep 21, 2011 8:38 pm

Tankyuong: Thanks for the offer. I'd like to take you up on that. I sent you a PM.
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PostSubject: Re: Bad Shock on rear   Bad Shock on rear I_icon_minitimeThu Sep 22, 2011 9:31 am

I have an "I am curious" question.

How did you know (what symptoms) that one shock was "bad"? What does the bike exhibit that shows you this? Thanks...billc.
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PostSubject: Re: Bad Shock on rear   Bad Shock on rear I_icon_minitimeThu Sep 22, 2011 5:06 pm

Bill:

I was at a rally last week and it rained on the final day. While loading up my bike in the back of the truck using my metal ramps I laid it over in the back of the truck and the weight of the bike fell against the muffler which in turn ever so slightly bent the shock. It was so slight that I didn't even notice the damage at the time. When I rode it to work on Tuesday it felt a lot bumpier. Every little bump in the road jostled me around a lot more than usual. It was after this that I inspected the shocks and discovered that it was sticking in the down position and when I raised it I was able to see that it was bent.

Hope that explains it well enough.
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PostSubject: Re: Bad Shock on rear   Bad Shock on rear I_icon_minitimeThu Sep 22, 2011 6:55 pm

I have actually straightened out slightly bent shocks. Many moons ago I had a CB550, and someone knocked it over in a parking lot. When I rode it later, I had the exact same symptoms... felt like there were no springs on the back. I took a shock off the bike, and rolled it on a table. it was pretty easy to see the bend doing that. Mark the 'high spot' with something, and then place the shock with the high side up, supported at both ends but not in the middle. Give the high spot a rap with something relatively soft (like a wood block), lightly at first. Roll the shock and inspect. If no change, use more force. Repeat until it is straight. It really did not take much force to get it straight, and I rode the bike for many more miles with no problems. Since the shock is already damaged, you really don't have anything to lose. Good luck if you decide to try it. small moped
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PostSubject: Re: Bad Shock on rear   Bad Shock on rear I_icon_minitimeThu Sep 22, 2011 8:44 pm

That was a great explanation of the damaged shock. I just couldn't imagine what it "felt" like when riding or pushing down on the back of the bike that would have indicated damage...but you have explained it and I thank you for that. I will keep that in mind if I ever feel excessive bumpiness in mine. billc.
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PostSubject: Re: Bad Shock on rear   Bad Shock on rear I_icon_minitimeThu Sep 22, 2011 10:43 pm

Thanks Gary, I'll look into that.
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PostSubject: Re: Bad Shock on rear   Bad Shock on rear I_icon_minitimeFri Sep 23, 2011 11:22 am

Gary,

THANKS a bunch. That worked like a charm. Took me an hour to get into the thing to get the shock off, but once I did it came off and straightened up enough to work properly. I really appreciate the idea.

Tankyuong:

I still want that shock for backup purposes, but I don't think I'm gonna come pick it up this weekend. Thanks for your consideration.
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