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    Shock Sticker Shock

    I had a flat Friday afternnon and pulled the wheel; while I was at it I noticed that all the rubber bushings (silent blocks) on the shock eyelets are weathered and split.

    Replacement bushings for the shocks are available so I tore down the shocks to check the "rebound" and found that while the struts (both) are not "easily" pulled out it isn't "hard" to either. I pressed out the bushings, but maybe it's just time to replace the OEM Boges on my LWB/5.

    $400 per side, for an equivalent, seems to be the going rate... and a bit of a surprise. What else is out there, for less? Are Hagons it?

    Wilbers, Ikon, etc. would be nice but the budget right now is kind of stretched, it's supporting two motorcycles, and the other one needs five new shocks too.
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    Lew -

    If/when I get around to replacing the shocks on my /7, I'll either go with Tom Cutter or Ted Porter. I'm leaning towards Tom. I think they both will customize the settings for you particular weight, carriage, and riding style.
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    I tore down the shocks to check the "rebound" and found that while the struts (both) are not "easily" pulled out it isn't "hard" to either.
    The strut compresses quite easily. Pulling the strut back out isn't too hard, but how "hard" should it be?

    Is there a "definitive" way to measure this? Maybe hang the compressed shock with a weight on the end of it, and clock the time it takes for the strut to reach the end of its stroke?

    I'm riding about sixty miles round trip to work every day, and the sidecar's occupying the weekends so straightening out twisties on the /5 doesn't happen too much anymore. $400 a pop isn't too attractive right now. The "performance" of these old Boges isn't really that bad, which is totally subjective, right?

    Thinkin' maybe just press in new bushings and be done with it.

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    Motorcycles ain't designed for economy, and that includes the Poverty Riders. I know, it's a depressing hard lesson to learn. Good luck with your economy rebuild. Been there, done that.

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    fwiw, shocks have a useful life of about 30-50K miles, max. At that point, either rebuild or replace. With top line shocks, they should probably get rebuilt every 20-35K miles.
    Which is to say, if you're running original stock shocks on a /7, you've probably already sucked every bit of life out of them that was ever there. It's time for their funeral.
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    $hocked?

    So was I!
    I spent $500.00 on Works shocks for my '76R90/6 and was so happy with the result I spent another $500.00 on a RaceTech GoldValve upgrade fork rebuild. OUCH!
    That was about 40,000 miles ago. I am about to send them in for a service/rebuild.
    In hindsight, I would put the next step up on the shocks, (fully adjustable, piggyback reservoir) about $700.00 at that time.
    There's little noticable difference in handling on the freeways, but a huge improvement in the mountain/hilly coastal range twisties where I ride the most.
    Having said that, I know better riders, more knowledgeable than I in all things Airhead, that are Hagon/Ikon disciples.
    The replacement shocks I would get if on a tight budget would still be from a shop like Ted or Toms.
    Today very good shocks can be had for a reasonable price, the "set-up" is the key.
    Someone posted in another thread they got some Hagons for $200.00 a pair, with the proper spring set-up.
    A 2x4 wood be more better than those Bogesinkers / Bogestinkers? you have now.
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    For an airhead Hagon shocks are a great value. Contact Dave Quinn and he'll take the time to quiz you on weight, riding style, equipment, etc. I have bought a couple of sets of Hagons and have no hesitation endorsing the quality of the build or service.

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    Ted Porter's Beemershop had the best price for Ikon's when I replaced my 44 year old rusty beasts last year. Added a bit for the covers, but they look and perform well. Wish I would have sprayed the inside of the covers with some trunk paint or something though, they 'ring' at certain RPM's against the springs when stopped. Not really a big deal, but hindsight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gromulin View Post
    Ted Porter's Beemershop had the best price for Ikon's when I replace my 44 year old rusty beasts last year. Added a bit for the covers, but they look and perform well. Wish I would have sprayed the inside of the covers with some trunk paint or something though, they 'ring' at certain RPM's against the springs when stopped. Not really a big deal, but hindsight.

    My Hagons ring too at certain times along the road....
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    Well, soon enough I'll finally replace the shocks on my '75 R60 (bought it new) - let's see, how many years has it been?
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    From what I can ascertain about your situation, the high end shocks are out of your price point at the moment. Your best bet is a set of Ikons or Progressive Suspension shocks. This brand may even have several different styles of shocks that fit your bike. Time to web search more info on them.

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    I thought the Ikons were quite good on my R90S and I also Raceteched the front.
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    Ordered a pair of Ikons from Ted Porter this morning, no covers (although I really like the appearance of the OEM parts, but $200...).

    Now all I need is five shocks for the Dnepr and I'll be set.

    Thanks for the feedback Meine Herren!
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    Ikons went right on. I did have to turn a couple of 3/8" spacers to jack the lower Krauser legs outboard; just a tad too snug between the spring coils and the mounting tubes. Other than that, love'em
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