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post #1 of 19 Old 12-05-2010, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
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Rear Shock Leaking - Question?

I have a 2003 - 1000 with 20,000 miles on it and I have a leaking rear shock. I don't know where exactly its leaking on the shock, I haven't taken it off yet, that will be next.

My question is, can the seal be replaced (I assume there is a seal)? Or do I need to buy a new shock?

I am selling the bike so I want to do what makes the most $$ sense, but I'm in The Dominican Republic so I don't have a Suzuki shop close by and I need to balance $$ and practicality.

My wrenching skills are about a 5 of 10.

How hard is it to replace the shock out of 10?


Another thing I need to replace (2) are the rear turn signals. The stem(s) both snapped and I haven't pulled them apart. How difficult is that? Suggestions are appreciated.

Lastly, I expect I'll buy parts on line, what is a good on line site?


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How hard is it to replace the shock out of 10?
Depends. You will have to get the rear wheel off the ground without using the rear wheel or swingarm as a lift point. That can be complicated if you aren't equipped for it.
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And it depends on what kind of centerstand you have if one is present. The lower arm can be rotated out of the way with the Suzuki stand but the SW-Motech gets in the way. The lower arm, or the wheel on non ABS bikes, must be removed in the latter case.

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Take a look...

...at the "mongrel" thread. Glitch-Oz has a great thing going with the jack for the shock removal!

Then search "Sasquatch" on this forum.

The guy is in Idaho, and can rebuild your shock for you.

Many say this shock cannot be rebuilt, but this guy can and will for a reasonable price!


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Are there any suspension or hydraulics repair shops in the region that might be able to replace the seal and recharge the gas charge? Or, buy a good used shock.

Anybody--the 1000 shock is longer than the 650 shock, isn't it??? Can the 650 shock be made to work?

Removing the shock is easy but somewhat tedious, at least it was on my 650. It slides out the bottom on the right side.

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The 1000 shock is 3 or 4mm longer and has a piston separating the oil from the gas. The 650 has an emulsion shock. People have swapped them.

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Thanks....

to all the replies so far.

It doesn't have a stand, but I have an area I can rig a chain hoist to get the rear end up.

Shipping out of here to the (USA) is costly, so depending on the price of a cheap after market, cheap is best, cause its up for sale, and it won't look like the same bike in 2 years Still looking into aftermarket suppliers.

Any suggestions on the turn signals? No one has broken theirs?

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Really - how bad is the leak? There could be a little sliver of something caught on the lip of the seal, causing a leak, or the shock shaft could have a nick on it, and using a piece of fine emery cloth, you could smooth the nick down, and the oil seal might not have any issues anymore....I'd pull the shock for an examination. Or, you could just tell whomever is buying it, that it has a slight leak on the shock.....and be done with it.

Also, by the time you tear the shock out, send it off to get repaired, and get it back, you'd probably be dangerously close dollar-wise to the price of a new aftermarket one - progressive suspension's 465 shock can be had online for about $380 usd.

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Good info

Thanks for those suggestions, wow - thats a lot of pesos for a shock.

Any sites around for used?

I'll pull the shock first and have a look, but its out of oil, its really spongy now. I live on the ocean and don't ride often, so its probably the salt air thats been at it.

Sorry,, I know nothing about this shock, but if I can clean the shaft up with emery, how difficult is it to re-prime with oil?

Thanks again guys, very much appreciated

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Really - how bad is the leak? There could be a little sliver of something caught on the lip of the seal, causing a leak, or the shock shaft could have a nick on it, and using a piece of fine emery cloth, you could smooth the nick down, and the oil seal might not have any issues anymore....I'd pull the shock for an examination. Or, you could just tell whomever is buying it, that it has a slight leak on the shock.....and be done with it.

Also, by the time you tear the shock out, send it off to get repaired, and get it back, you'd probably be dangerously close dollar-wise to the price of a new aftermarket one - progressive suspension's 465 shock can be had online for about $380 usd.
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The shock in its stock form is NON-SERVICEABLE.




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