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Anyone else notice that the shock has movement at the top mounting point?
It's a 10mm bolt that should fit snug in the shock bushing eylet.
Checked it 12 months ago, no movement.
Checked today, not so good...
Bolt was tourqued up fine, slop is in the eyelet.
I'm used to changing out all of the shock bushings on other bikes, but there doesn't seem to be an option to get the parts for this bike...
40,000Ks, New Shock?????
 

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Seems youse 'Down Under' folk have some stuff that's endemic to Oz. No suspension guru's there?
I think ebay is my nearest suspension Guru for the strom...
Even then it will be used stuff locally, or new stuff from Europe, or the United States.
Plenty of dirtbike, enduro suspension specialists.
I guess it's not a big enough market here yet for the V Stroms.
 

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Looks like I might have to get a solid shock mount machined up to fit..
Standard one has rubber, but I have noticed that the after market shocks have solid metal top mounts...
Such a simple job, normally..........😡
 

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There are a couple of motorcycle shock specialists in Brisbane. Rod from RAD Motorcycle Shock Repairs is brilliant and very approachable. He is a one man outfit and has just rebuilt my DL650 shock.
He even went to the trouble of re chroming the shaft. Nice guy.
Address: Unit 103c/49 Station Rd, Yeerongpilly QLD 4105
Phone: (07) 3892 6493

Strange that should happen as the movement should be in the spherical bearing, and not between the bearing and its mounting bolt. Did the bearing seize?
 

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There are a couple of motorcycle shock specialists in Brisbane. Rod from RAD Motorcycle Shock Repairs is brilliant and very approachable. He is a one man outfit and has just rebuilt my DL650 shock.
He even went to the trouble of re chroming the shaft. Nice guy.
Address: Unit 103c/49 Station Rd, Yeerongpilly QLD 4105
Phone: (07) 3892 6493

Strange that should happen as the movement should be in the spherical bearing, and not between the bearing and its mounting bolt. Did the bearing seize?
Thanks for that. Will give him a call...
It's just a simple rubber cushioned eyelet bushing. 10mm bolt going thru. Not seized. Not rusted.
The bushing is supposed to be 10mm but is now slightly oval..
The bolt measures 9.84mm thick and is undamaged.
 

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Resolved this issue by using a solid bushing in the top shock mount... Made from "Delrin"...
I decided to have the bolt hole 2mm off centre, effectively making the shock length 2mm longer..
Seemed to stiffen the spring rate quite a bit, as well as raising the rear of the bike, which made it nescessary to add a 6mm alloy plate to the bottom of the side stand, need something a little thicker....

Pros- A lot less wallowing on rough uneven tar backroads.
Way better feel on choppy fire trails.
better ground clearance

Cons- None that I can tell, so far..

In Hindsight, that rubber bush on the standard shock seems to allow a lot of movement at the swingarm before the shock spring takes over, this would surely affect the static sag measurement...
Probably why after market shocks have solid metal bushings...
 

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Just think if you were running $2,500 USD Ohlins they are supposed to be serviced way less than 40,000KM intervals.
 
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