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post #1 of 19 Old 05-08-2014, 01:54 PM Thread Starter
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Rear Shock Failure

Yesterday with 8K on my 2013 the rear shock failed. I returned from a shopping errand and was unloading when I noticed what looked like water under the bike. It hadn't rained so I stuck my finger in it. It was oily but didn't look or smell like engine oil. It was still dripping so I looked underneath and noted that clear oil was dripping off of the shock piston rod or whatever it's called. I put cardboard under it and by the looks of the cardboard, overnight it pretty much emptied. Fortunately it's under warranty so I just got back from dropping it off at the dealer. The shop guy said he's never seen that happen before. The shock hasn't been abused and the bike hasn't really ever been off road other than some decent dirt roads. Unfortunately the dealer is backlogged until next Wed. Anybody else experience this?

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I believe there was a post on here yesterday concerning the very same thing........shock leaking.

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It was hydraulic fluid from the adjuster?

Good reason to get a progressive shock instead. But I'm sure they are not cheap.

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Most likely it is the hydraulic preload adjuster o-ring, and most likely the dealer will order and put on a new shock. Ask him how long it takes to get one from the warehouse. Abuse isn't a concern. If ridden too hard, the parts would be expected to bend or break before they'd leak.

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Blown seal

It sounds like a blown seal in the shock. It can happen at any time, but usually after grit has damaged the seal, or if the chrome shaft is damaged. In a shock that is rebuildable, it is a good idea to have them re-gassed and fresh oil annually.
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I can't imagine a well ridden shock would leak clear oil- higher probability on preload hydraulics

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I noticed my 2012 rear shock start to drip when my wife would go for a ride last year. It now leaves a drip or two when I go over bumps or have a passenger.

I've ridden my KTM with leaky shocks but when it comes time to fix it the $$$$ fly away. Anyone have experience on the cost and preventative measures that can be taken to make sure it doesn't happen?

How dangerous is it to leave it as a drip drip problem? I have the dial turned up to the highest setting all the time. Could that be a possible reason why it leaked?

Any insight would be appreciated.
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I noticed my 2012 rear shock start to drip when my wife would go for a ride last year. It now leaves a drip or two when I go over bumps or have a passenger.

I've ridden my KTM with leaky shocks but when it comes time to fix it the $$$$ fly away. Anyone have experience on the cost and preventative measures that can be taken to make sure it doesn't happen?

How dangerous is it to leave it as a drip drip problem? I have the dial turned up to the highest setting all the time. Could that be a possible reason why it leaked?

Any insight would be appreciated.
That makes me wonder how many of these fail and how many are leaking that haven't been noticed. Mine wasn't the occasional drip. When it decided to go it pretty much drained out in a relatively short time. Well, I suppose there might have been that occasional drip before it let go that I didn't notice. I didn't keep my preload at max but at least 34 max.

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with over 15k on mine, i'm worried. mainly because i'm just out of warranty.

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weird..., my '09 has never leaked or given me any problems, the wife rides with me most of the time...:beatnik:

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