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    08 GS ESA suspension options

    As my 08 GS ages i was wondering if there are options to strengthen the springs/ shocks and retain the ESA feature? One guy told me to replace the shocks basically eliminated the ESA? I ride two up / loaded a lot...heavier spring in the back would be a plus...valving is fine.
    Last edited by deilenberger; 08-03-2013 at 02:31 AM. Reason: Added year to title

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    Registered User natrab's Avatar
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    Works Performance does it.

    They will rebuild your shock to your weight/style and retain the ESA mechanism. I've been torn between doing that or just going full aftermarket as that way I don't have to take my bike out of service for however long while they get rebuilt. I don't use ESA too much and probably wouldn't buy it on a new bike. I'd be fine with just a manual preload adjustment so I can firm it up if I'm riding with a pillion or lots of weight.
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    P Monk
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    Orange, Texas

    want to watch how to install esa shocks?

    P. Monk
    74 R90/6 (also know by bride as the Black Hole). 09 R1200 GS. My wife, 1953 model who has survived aplastic anemia and a bone marrow transplant.

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