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#1001617 - 11/28/17 03:38 PM Re: Spring swap for 2017 RT?? [Re: bobbybob]  
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Bob,

Like folks that are height challenged custom shock are their answer. I don't know your weight nor the range of the OEM shock but I'd still checking with the dealer. When my shocks went out on my Oilhead, Ted Porter set me up a nice set of Wilbers a world of difference from stock but I don't expect the degree of improvement when the time comes to replace.

Jay

#1001969 - 12/05/17 01:12 AM Re: Spring swap for 2017 RT?? [Re: bobbybob]  
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FYI, I did hear back from Ted Porter re. a solution. He told me the OEM shock was way more complex that I had ever imagined, involving a 2nd internal elastomer shock and a scheme where the 1-rider and rider+luggage settings are using that elastomer in conjunction with the "main" spring. But when you switch to the 2-rider setting you jump completely to that main spring which can handle 450 or so lbs, so with only 1 rider its rather harsh, which is what I was feeling. So a spring swap is not the answer or even viable--but some spacer/shims can be added to increase the "initial preload" and raise the overall height in every setting. That is the route I will be taking when the weather becomes nasty in a few weeks. Right now we're still enjoying upper-40's to mid-50's in the daytime in sunny NC!

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Bob
2017 R1200RT-LC
2015 R1200GS
2010 R12000GS (gone)
2007 R1200RT (gone)
2008 KLR650 (gone)
2007 F650GS (gone)
2006 FJR1300 (gone)
2005 V-Strom (gone)
2005 E-Glide Classic (gone)
#1001975 - 12/05/17 05:17 AM Re: Spring swap for 2017 RT?? [Re: bobbybob]  
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Wonder why Ohlins haven't offered a front and rear spring/shock for the water boxer RT's. I have had Ohlins on the last 4 BMW's and are allways the first modification I make. I would replace the ESA shocks with manually adjustable Ohlins, if they were available. I think the stock shocks do a good job for a rider of my weight and honestly I was surprised how good they are, so I'm not desperate to get it done.


Larry
2016 BMW R1200RT
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