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Offline Westoneboy

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Rear shock spacer
« on: 14 August, 2018, 10:13:33 AM »
Hi I am just back from a 4 day trip in the highlands with friends . This is my fist trip on the biffer with my wife and full luggage.Before leaving I maxed the rear spring setting but it was not enough, so I reckon the rear shock has seen better days. I am 12.5 stone and my wife about 11 stone  so we are  not exactly over weight and averageng luggage such as topbox ,honda panniers and bagsrer tankbag , not overpacked. With my wife on the back I cant get the side stand down and need about another 50mm  ground clearance to do that, and tipping the bike to flick it up or down with that weight is dodgy. I am on a very tight budget so can't afford a new  shock at the moment. Has anyone tried fitting a spacer to the shock to give more spring compression? Just wondered as I saw a video of a guy doing it on a quad.

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Re: Rear shock spacer
« Reply #1 on: 14 August, 2018, 11:00:47 AM »
I wonder if someone has fitted a lowering kit or shorter spring at sometime?

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Re: Rear shock spacer
« Reply #2 on: 14 August, 2018, 04:31:27 PM »
I am pretty sure it is standard but just tired as the bike has done 75,000 miles.

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Re: Rear shock spacer
« Reply #3 on: 14 August, 2018, 04:35:12 PM »
 I have a 30000 mile one in my cupboard going spare if you want, how about £30 posted?

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Re: Rear shock spacer
« Reply #4 on: 14 August, 2018, 04:41:49 PM »
Sounds good.Did you upgrade yours? Is it for the mk1 as my bike is 2007 ?

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Re: Rear shock spacer
« Reply #5 on: 14 August, 2018, 04:58:53 PM »
I replaced it for a new one , yes it's a MK 1 , of a 2007 model.

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Re: Rear shock spacer
« Reply #6 on: 14 August, 2018, 05:01:25 PM »
How can I PM you? To arrange payment and postage.

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Re: Rear shock spacer
« Reply #7 on: 14 August, 2018, 09:41:58 PM »
Noooo.   :110:

A standard fit (Honda budget dept.) rear shock is likely to be toast at 30,000 miles - even if if you're a lightweight.
The 75,000 mile shock is almost certainly the OP's problem.
Even a new, replacement (looka like) Honda shock from Italy (see ebee) will be better - that's your starting point.  Everything after that will be better still.
Only do it right - no bodging please.   Keeper of the failed stator list.   John.

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Re: Rear shock spacer
« Reply #8 on: 14 August, 2018, 11:42:08 PM »
Can the shock be rebuilt,?? The bird one can, and is a lot cheaper than a new one, second hand you may just be buying someone else's problem. Just saying  :015:
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Re: Rear shock spacer
« Reply #9 on: 15 August, 2018, 10:57:23 AM »
I had the same problem. From new my bike has always had to have the rear shock on maximum, 2 up and loaded. It has now done 12,000 miles, and has bottomed out on a number of occasions, especially in Ireland, even marking the hugger! Front end is fine, Seems the standard rear shock is not that good. I don't know if it is lack of suspension travel or just the shock absorber. I suppose there are people on here that have changed them, but I don't fancy paying a load more money, paid enough for the bike! Anybody any realistically priced suggestions? I don't think rebuilding mine is going to help as it has been like this since new.