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#111075 - 08/21/06 05:30 PM Re: R1200RT Ohlins Installation Part 1 [Re: Fran]  
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Does the installtion of front and rear Ohlins raise the ride height? I am considering them but don't want the bike any taller than it already is.

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Fran




Ohlins do not alter the ride height.
It is possible to get shorter shocks for the 1100 and 1150 from Hagon and Works (or is it Wilburs?), they may well do so for the 1200 as well.

Andy


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#111076 - 08/21/06 11:28 PM Re: R1200RT Ohlins Installation Part 1 [Re: Fran]  
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Good install. I relocated the preload to under the seat for a clean look.
My front was a real bitch to install. Not much room up there. I had the rear wheel off and with the centerstand strapped was able to jack the front of the bike up enough to just get the shock in. The old one almost fell out.
I also didn't have the ESA so there might be some diff.
What ever it is a great improvement to make.
Maybe Ohlins will make a plug and play ESA replacement for the RT . Now that would be the best for those who have it.
Good luck on the front.
Oh, by the way looking at the rug, are you doing this in the dining room? Does the SO know.? The rug really adds some class


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#111077 - 08/22/06 08:05 AM Re: R1200RT Ohlins Installation Part 1 [Re: Limecreek]  
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The rear ESA shock weighs 12 pounds—sheesh.





Out of curiousity, how much does the Ohlins one weigh??

On a general note, on a per-capita basis for bikes, sold, BMW owners must buy more shocks than anyone else, esp Ohlins.......must cheer up Yamaha no end ( the owners of Ohlins........)

John M


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#111078 - 08/22/06 02:33 PM Re: R1200RT Ohlins Installation Part 1 [Re: John Moylan]  
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I don't know about that. When I had a VFR Ohlins shocks where a pretty common addition along with new springs and valves for the forks. The problem is that OEM suspension on all brands just doesn't last as long as its should. One of my VFR's started to get saggy and loose with a little over 20,000kms (about 12,000 miles). I was not too impressed.

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On a general note, on a per-capita basis for bikes, sold, BMW owners must buy more shocks than anyone else, esp Ohlins.......must cheer up Yamaha no end ( the owners of Ohlins........)

John M





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#111079 - 09/01/06 09:51 PM Re: R1200RT Ohlins Installation Part 1 [Re: Limecreek]  
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I purchased a set of ohlins for my bike, but my dealer refused to install them. The BMW rep told the dealer that disconnecting the ESA sensors does affect the ECU and that if I installed the Ohlins they would not honor my warranty. According to the dealer, BMW has a program to "disarm" the ESA system, but are refusing to release it. Has anybody had any experience with any of this? Are you still not showing any faults or anything? I would like to install the shocks, but am not excited about voiding my warranty. Pretty pissed at BMW about this.

Mike

#111080 - 09/01/06 10:40 PM Re: R1200RT Ohlins Installation Part 1 [Re: mbresnan]  
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I purchased a set of ohlins for my bike, but my dealer refused to install them. The BMW rep told the dealer that disconnecting the ESA sensors does affect the ECU and that if I installed the Ohlins they would not honor my warranty. According to the dealer, BMW has a program to "disarm" the ESA system, but are refusing to release it. Has anybody had any experience with any of this? Are you still not showing any faults or anything? I would like to install the shocks, but am not excited about voiding my warranty. Pretty pissed at BMW about this.

Mike


Void your warranty of what? The ESA you just took off? Well, uh, okay... do your worst mister dealer.

Void your warranty of the whole bike? No way would that ever stand up if challenged.

I'd say your dealer is smoking something, then blowing it.


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#111081 - 09/01/06 10:51 PM Re: R1200RT Ohlins Installation Part 1 [Re: mbresnan]  
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How will it affect the ECU? I'm coming up on my 12,000 mile service, most of it is done by yours truly, but I always have my dealer perform a leak down test (brakes system) and run codes. I'll let you know what they say at the end of Sept.

I wouldn't out right dismiss what your dealer is telling you, but I would challenge him. Ask the why, how, when, where questions...he'll cave.

Install the shocks--the world will keep turning.

#111082 - 09/01/06 11:31 PM Re: R1200RT Ohlins Installation Part 1 [Re: Limecreek]  
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The BMW rep told the dealer that they can't be sure how the ECU will react to not having the ESA inputs and, because the ECU is involved in almost every aspect of the bike, the warranty on the whole bike would be voided. I know - I was incredulous when I heard that. You've done 12,000 on the Ohlins? Did you ever put the front one on?

Mike

#111083 - 09/02/06 12:54 AM Re: R1200RT Ohlins Installation Part 1 [Re: mbresnan]  
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I have 2500 miles since the install without any issues.

Front Shock install: Part 2

#111084 - 09/02/06 01:04 AM Re: R1200RT Ohlins Installation Part 1 [Re: Limecreek]  
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Thanks for posting all this!

Mike

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