RKC Rear shocks

Discussion in 'Touring Models' started by Duffer, Apr 5, 2010.

  1. Duffer

    Duffer Active Member

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    I've got fluid leaking from the left rear shock.
    Do I need to replace in pairs or can I just change out the bad one?
    Also is there any advantage to changing over to a non air type shock. If so what recomendations (experiences) do you all have?
    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. rancid

    rancid Active Member

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    you can replace just 1 shock, or spend lots more on a great pair of shocks like fournales
     
  3. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    I would always replace shocks as a pair
    after use for a few years the shocks do wear the springs do become weaker etc but the pair wear together as a pair
    if you put 1 new shock on then the back end would be out of balance as 1 shock would be taking more of the load

    Brian
     
  4. Bud White

    Bud White Well-Known Member Retired Moderators

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    as said i would do it as a pair
     
  5. sharpscuba

    sharpscuba Banned

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    Very kind of you Hobbit. Makes me proud that there are good people on this site and that my son is fighting for them.
     
  6. Duffer

    Duffer Active Member

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    Hobbit, you are the man:worthy
    The people on this forum are definitely a cut above. I am honored to be a member of this "family".
    Hopefully I can pay it back (or forward) some day.
    Thank you
     
  7. Thorns

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    Make sure you plug the shock, and then when you get the shock let them sit upright extended for a while before taking the plug out. if you lose oil, there is no way of telling how much oil you lost.

    Thorns
     
  8. rancid

    rancid Active Member

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    i think you will find that air springs are not going to wear, the only difference will be a small break in period. i have replace stock shocks individually on tourers many times without any problems. the best thing to do is replace with a better pair but to save time and money 1 shock is quite ok
     
  9. Wayne R

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    I just had my wifes 06 ultra in for tires and was advised that the left air shock was leaking and needed replacement I said I would replace it myself and the dealer never even mentioned a need to change both at the same time, and actually I never even considered it anyway changed the left side pretty easy and everything seems fine now.