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#111280 - 02/22/08 05:43 AM Re: Ohlins Installation R1200RT Part 2 [Re: Limecreek]  
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thanks Gregory am getting ready to install the Ohlins on my R12ST and this will help immensely dont have the esa so maybe it will go a little easier. Again thanks for the rumnning commentary and pictures


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#377017 - 08/15/08 10:17 PM Re: Ohlins Installation R1200RT Part 2 - Rebuild [Re: Limecreek]  
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Kyle Racing recieved my Ohlins today for rebuild and I expect them back in a week or so. The suggested rebuild interval is 25K miles. My set started showing signs of fatigue around 23K miles, so off they went.

I replaced my ESA shocks with Ohlins two years ago. At that time I suggested the use of a proper lift to remove and install the front shock versus the sissor lift method I documented. I took my own advice and purchaed a used lift for $100. Using the lift in conjunction with a sissor lift under the front axle is absolutely the way to go. I had complete control of the bike as I lowered the Telelever far enough to extact the strut.



Use the lift and the sissor jack to extract the strut from the bike with complete control.




I decided to install the front and rear ESA shocks temporarily as a precaution while I wait for the Ohlins to return. Without a front shock the front end of the bike does not have anything to hold it up.

#377095 - 08/16/08 12:25 AM Re: Ohlins Installation R1200RT Part 2 - Rebuild [Re: Limecreek]  
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Greg, was it necessary to remove the front wheel? I installed Ohlins on my R12RT some months back and I thought I left the wheel installed...? Or maybe my memory is worse than I think!
Also, is the center stand touching the floor at all--can't really tell from the pic? (whats the going rate for a rebuild these days?)

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#377114 - 08/16/08 01:23 AM Re: Ohlins Installation R1200RT Part 2 - Rebuild [Re: bobbybob]  
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 Originally Posted By: bobbybob
Greg, was it necessary to remove the front wheel? I installed Ohlins on my R12RT some months back and I thought I left the wheel installed...?


I didn't take the front wheel off when I installed Ohlins on my old 11RT or on my 12RT.


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#377121 - 08/16/08 01:45 AM Re: Ohlins Installation R1200RT Part 2 - Rebuild [Re: bobbybob]  
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This time around I removed the front wheel. With the front wheel off I didn't need to lift the bike off the center stand--using the lift to hold up the front of the bike and letting the telelever down with the sissor jack.

#377363 - 08/16/08 10:30 PM Re: Ohlins Installation R1200RT Part 2 - Rebuild [Re: Limecreek]  
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Gregory,
This is probably pretty obvious, but how did you know it was time for a rebuild? Did you just "run out of clicks" or what? I now have 8K miles on my new Ohlins and today I had to add a click to front and rear to get it back to where it was a few months ago--starting to get a little "springy".


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#386036 - 09/04/08 03:53 AM Re: Ohlins Installation R1200RT Part 2 - Rebuild [Re: bobbybob]  
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I finished installing the front Ohlins on my RT today (did rear yesterday) and got to go out for my first ride. WOW! What a difference. I know I'm cornering faster and more confident than before with the stock shocks.

When folks said shocks were the best bang for the buck on the RT, I had my doubts. But I doubt no longer. I'm in love with the RT all over again. It's the bike I had hoped for when I shelled out my hard earned dough a year ago.


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#386130 - 09/04/08 02:10 PM Re: Ohlins Installation R1200RT Part 2 - Rebuild [Re: Ray R]  
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 Originally Posted By: Ray R
WOW! What a difference. I know I'm cornering faster and more confident than before with the stock shocks.


With good shocks, tires actually stay on the pavement and the ride is vastly improved. BMW should be ashamed of resorting to gimmicky ESA to cover up their stock shocks. They don't do that for their cars.


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#387153 - 09/06/08 08:23 PM Re: Ohlins Installation R1200RT Part 2 - Rebuild [Re: JohnH VA]  
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Not that it really matters, but I didn't have the ESA. At least I saved a few bucks there when I originally bought the bike. After reading all the crap about BMW stock shocks, I knew I was going to change them anyway. And not having the ESA made removing the stock shocks easier too.


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#446938 - 02/20/09 02:00 AM Re: Ohlins Installation R1200RT Part 2 [Re: Limecreek]  
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Greg,
I have an '07 R12RT with ESA and can't thank you enough for your terrific tutorial on the installation of Ohlins shocks, especially the front one!

I discovered a great time-saving tip that I believe future installers (of aftermarket shocks) should consider.

Last night, after successfully completing the installation of the rear Ohlins shock, I re-read the posts following your great tutorial and hitch-hiked on some ideas presented by previous posters. I really didn't want to take the alternator cover off in order to replace the front shock, and since I had recently replaced the rear wheel and mounted the hydraulic pre-load adjuster I really didn't want to halve to remove the rear wheel either.

Bottom line: After securing the center stand to the front crossover exhaust pipe with a suitable tie down strap, with the assistance of a fellow enthusiast, we rocked the bike to one side and placed a small 2x4 under one center stand foot, then did the same procedure to the other center stand foot, so that both feet were supported by a 2x4. By so doing, we were able to remove the front ESA shock and replace it with the Ohlins, after merely jacking up the front portion of the engine! In fact, we kissed the rear tire from the rear with another 2x4, just for additional stability.

Again, Greg, your initial post provided the enabler for me to even contemplate this on my own. Thanx so very much!


Bob

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