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    The recommended rebuild interval may be 20K miles. Unless you blow a seal or loose gas pressure I think you can go longer. Front Ohlins for my '05 GS came off the bike after 44K miles because I had a second rebuilt shock sitting in the garage. It could have gone longer. The rear Ohlins, on the other hand, needed a re-build after 34K miles. It was still working, but not as good as when new and I found myself tweaking the damping more than should have been necessary.

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    Maybe it's all in my head

    But I'm of the opinion that ever since Ohlin's was bought out, that the quality has decreased. I read much more often about people who have their shocks leak for one reason or another.

    Like Don, I too have gone to HyperPro for my shock of choice.

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    Ohlins does recommend rebuild every 20k. Original BMW shocks are intended to last 35K and are not rebuildable. Look at other shocks such as HyperPro, Penske, Wilburs too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sdpc2 View Post
    But I'm of the opinion that ever since Ohlin's was bought out, that the quality has decreased. I read much more often about people who have their shocks leak for one reason or another.

    Like Don, I too have gone to HyperPro for my shock of choice.

    sdc
    Didn't know this. Who bought Ohlins?

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    Quote Originally Posted by billy walker View Post
    Didn't know this. Who bought Ohlins?
    I was wondering the same thing? According the their website they were bought out by Yamaha in 1987. Then founder, Kenth Ohlin repurchased a 95% stake of the company in 2007. So, they were better in the Yamaha years?

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    Hmmm. I've thought about switching to some aftermarket shocks, but this makes me happy I've just stuck with the stock suspension. I push my track bike pretty hard and have a good suspension tech for that, but my GS just doesn't see that kind of hard usage. I think you've got to really punish a GS to get to the point of actually needing aftermarket shocks. As for them "looking good"...I'm past that. I wish you all the best with your shock shock. Thanks for reaffirming my decision!

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