NEW REAR SHOCKS?

Discussion in 'Touring Models' started by Dean2009, Apr 23, 2016.

  1. Dean2009

    Dean2009 Member

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    98 ROAD KING NEED recommendations for new shocks where to buy? And how much as money is tight right now?Does not have to be air shocks .200 # rider
     
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  2. dolt

    dolt Senior Member Contributor

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    If money is tight, drain the oil from the OEM shocks and replace with a good 10W like Belray or Spectro. Save $$ until you have about $800-$1000 and get a good pair of rebuildable rear shocks. Midrange Ohlins will run about $1000 and then you step down to Pro Action and Legend in the $700-$800 range and then down to Progresive in the $600 range. Don't quote me on prices, just throwing out round numbers so you get the idea of what your options are.
     
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  3. TQuentin1

    TQuentin1 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

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    Dean,

    If when you do as Dolt suggested above and drain the fluid out of your old shocks, there may be a bunch of particulate material in the fluid. This is likely bits of elastomer from the internals of the shock coming apart. Replacing the fluid if the internals of the shocks are worn out will not get your ride back.

    If money is tight, replacing the OEMs with new OEM will be about $300 or so. Easy job to do yourself. Just remember to replace one side and then the other.

    Here is some discussion on the topic:

    http://www.hdtalking.com/threads/rear-shock-replacement.59050/

    Cheers,

    TQ
     
  4. dolt

    dolt Senior Member Contributor

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    To TQ's point, I have seen low mileage "upgraded" later touring OEM shocks on Ebay go for less than $300; just have to look and be patient. Last set I saw went for $265.
     
  5. joel

    joel Junior Member

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    Another option is to find a used set from ebay or motorcycle wrecking yard.
     
  6. dbmg

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    If your interested in stock air shocks, I have a set off my 2016 RGU with only 200 miles on them.
    I went with the lowering kit for my short legs. pm me if interested.
     

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  8. Mongo1958

    Mongo1958 Junior Member

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    rebuildable rear shocks?? Like what as an example?
     
  9. dolt

    dolt Senior Member Contributor

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    Ohlins, Pro Action, Works are all rebuildable, not sure about Legends but I think they are rebuildable as well. For instance, if you gte an Ohlins shock, install it and find the valving wrong, you can send them back, talk to the tech and they will revalve. If you wear out a set of Ohlins, you can send them back to the service center for disassembly, inspection, replacementt of worn parts, new oil and gas recharge for about $200.
     
  10. Mongo1958

    Mongo1958 Junior Member

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    So these shocks replace the Air Shock? They look adjustable? My OEM Rear Air Shocks have 50 K on them and are starting to feel mushy. I'd like to get something that has a firm ride. One of our members has offered his OEM shocks for a good price. I just don't know the direction I want to go yet.
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