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post #1 of 13 Old 01-22-2014, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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650 Shock rebuild

Hello All, I just picked up a 06 Wee. Being a big boy 275lbs I was going to respring the stock shock, took it to several suspension shops here in the San Diego area and no one can or will rebuild it. No port to recharge the Nitrogen. I have done all the searches and see where Sasquatch was rebuilding them a few years ago. Does any one know how he was getting the new gas in the shock? Or better yet is anyone rebuilding them these days?

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I think someone on here had Cogent rebuild theirs?

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How many miles on the bike? Does he shock need a rebuild of the hydraulics or just a new spring?

I think RaceTech and Cogent Dynamics do rebuilds as well as spring changes, along with a few other shops. Sasquatch is making license plates.

Aftermarket shocks that do a great job include Elka (svracingparts.com), Ohlins, Hyperpro, Ricor. These will damp better than a rebuilt stock shock.

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It is a 06 with 50k miles. i got it for $3000. I could just put a spring on but I thought I would freshen it up while I was at it The rebound adjustment dosent seem to do anything. The shock packs up on any series of small shutter bumps, washboard and the like. Lots of oil on the shock body, looks like the seal leaked. Most likely will be contacting SV about an Elka, just a little more $$ than I wanted to put out for a shock, but of the shocks I found so far I like the Elka and it's adjust ability the best.
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The most common source for the oil leak is the hydraulic preload adjuster, an easy fix. That said, the stock shock even when new sure isn't a great damper.

You can save some money on a new shock by omitting the remote preload adjuster. If you don't carry a passenger, consider this (adjusting the preload with adjusting rings at the spring is tedious and probably not something anyone wants to do if the load on the bike changes frequently due to a passenger.)

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Racetech can modify your shock into a rebuildable unit, spring it and valve it to your needs. I had mine done last year, forget the exact cost but less than a new one of any quality.

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Bret Leef who lives in the Lake Elsinore area is the only person that would touch mine. 1 (951) 678-6350

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Has anyone gone the Daugherty Motorsports route? Seems like a great deal but is it to good to be true?


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Has anyone gone the Daugherty Motorsports route? Seems like a great deal but is it to good to be true?

I know some people here have gone this route and been happy with the results, and for $235 (plus shipping) I almost did it too. I ended up spending $800 on a yet to be installed Elka to get all the bells and whistles.

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