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    R1100RT Shock Choices

    I am posting this on behalf of a friend at work who just purchased a 2000 R1100RT with 49k on the clock. He attempted to adjust the rear shock and discovered it is worn out. The bike was a big investment so he is looking for a replacement that is not most of a paycheck.

    Just are there any alternatives to replacements rear shocks other than OEM, or a high end $800+ shock for a 2000 r1100rt?

    Phil

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilScrivano View Post
    Just are there any alternatives to replacements rear shocks other than OEM, or a high end $800+ shock for a 2000 r1100rt?
    Not that I know of, although some people have had the stock shocks rebuilt. I personally bought a used set of Wilbers then turned around and had them serviced before installing them. Bad move really as I wound up paying almost the same price as new shocks by the time I was finished.

    I'd just recommend biting the bullet and buying a good set of aftermarket shocks in the first place.

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    Yep. It sucks, but I would just pony up the dough and do it. Even stockers aren't worth the price for a few hundred more you can get a good rebuildable set. I bought the hyperpros for my bike. Total out the door was about 1500 bucks. Klaus is a great guy and can really help you out. Here is the website.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilScrivano View Post
    I am posting this on behalf of a friend at work who just purchased a 2000 R1100RT with 49k on the clock. He attempted to adjust the rear shock and discovered it is worn out. The bike was a big investment so he is looking for a replacement that is not most of a paycheck.

    Just are there any alternatives to replacements rear shocks other than OEM, or a high end $800+ shock for a 2000 r1100rt?

    Phil
    Might try Beemerboneyard for a replacement

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    Thanks for these responses. He was a day late on the Beemerboneyard for a used set. He then called A&S in Sacramento. This led him to Works shock. In the end he will save about $150 on on a custom set. I will report back what he ends up getting.

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    Try Ted Porters Beemer Shop in CA. He sells
    Wilbers custom built to your special needs. Great guy to deal with too!
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    Hagon or YSS

    Hagon makes a quality shock at a reasonable price. I'd have him talk to Dave Quinn who is the USA importer for Hagon: http://www.davequinnmotorcycles.com/. Another option would be the YSS shocks. Talk to Klaus at www.wilbersusa.com.

    I've use both brands on a couple of K-bikes and have been very impressed with the performance, especially for the price.
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    I've put about 25.000 miles on a set of Hagons on my 2000 RT. They have been decent shocks for the money - definitely a step up from the stock ones (though the stockers did have about 40K on then when I finally installed the Hagons).
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    I am posting this on behalf of a friend at work who just purchased a 2000 R1100RT with 49k on the clock. He attempted to adjust the rear shock and discovered it is worn out.
    I realize this is a pretty late reply... but if he has found the PRELOAD adjuster no longer has any adjustment left, that reservoir can be refilled with oil and restore the preload adjustment. This would return the ability to set the preload on the rear shock from low to high. Doesn't change the overall quality of the stock shock compared to the upgrades.

    Michael Stock

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    Quote Originally Posted by m_stock10506 View Post
    Doesn't change the overall quality of the stock shock compared to the upgrades.
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    That's very true, and with 49k on the stockers, they're pretty well shot.
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    Any stock shocks are crapped out by 20,000 miles at most, and the y are not rebuildable, and have limited adjustability. I finally spent the bucks to put a set of Wilbers on my 94 R1100RS, and the value is worth every penny spent.

    I now have high quality shocks I can adjust, and get rebuilt when needed. The ride quality difference and accuarcy of control difference is outstanding. Personally, I will no longer waste any money on stock shocks.

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    I'd look for a slightly used rear shock. Lots of folks have them laying around the garage.

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    I put Wilbers on a 98 RT with 100+K. I bit that bullet to lower the bike, which was much cheaper than replacing it. The better shocks made a huge difference in ride quality. As customs, they were built to match my weight and "style".
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    Rear suspension 1100rt

    I have run across refernces to reworkng / refilling oil to stokh struts to add life to them . Anyone know how to do this to stock showa shocks? I need to get a few more miles out of mine as I save up for some aftermarket ones.

    However I can not find exact info to rebuild. Any detailed information apprciated

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    Wow guess I lucked out. The one I bought has 83k on the clock and the suspension is nice. I don't weigh a lot either though. now when I change the front one is it the big shock plus fork springs? Still have not found the knob to adjust the back shock either. But It rides good and corners good so I'm gonna leave it alone.

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