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Old 10-07-2012, 04:35 AM   #16
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I would not buy wilbers again..
Less than a year on the bike, and the rear is leaking.. Ted was great to work with. (When I bought them)
I've been without my bike for three weeks. The hose running to the preload adjuster leaks, they need to get one from Germany. No idea if it's warranty or not. No idea when they will receive a replacement..
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Old 10-08-2012, 06:48 AM   #17
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I would not buy wilbers again..
Less than a year on the bike, and the rear is leaking.. Ted was great to work with. (When I bought them)
I've been without my bike for three weeks. The hose running to the preload adjuster leaks, they need to get one from Germany. No idea if it's warranty or not. No idea when they will receive a replacement..
Is it just the hose that is leaking or the shock seals too? Curious because I am considering a Wilbers purchase and this is the first I have read of a failure. Why wouldn't it be a warranty repair?
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:36 AM   #18
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It apparently was both. The seal and the hose to the preload adjuster.
According to Wilbers, they don't think the hose should be damaged during normal wear and tear, so it must have been done during the install. I don't think so, and it was fine for the first 2,000 miles. They still haven't decided.
All I know is the day mine arrived in CA for service they said they received 7 for rebuild. That number seems high to me.
But maybe they have a lot of them in moto-cross bikes etc. and that is a logical number.
They are going to send it to me without the preload adjuster working, so I can at least ride some this fall. But then, I'm going to have to remove it and send it in again this winter for the hose to the preload adjuster re-connect. That's another job to remove it, and another $40 to ship it..
Just bad luck. I guess..


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Old 10-09-2012, 04:28 AM   #19
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It apparently was both. The seal and the hose to the preload adjuster.
According to Wilbers, they don't think the hose should be damaged during normal wear and tear, so it must have been done during the install. I don't think so, and it was fine for the first 2,000 miles. They still haven't decided.
All I know is the day mine arrived in CA for service they said they received 7 for rebuild. That number seems high to me.
But maybe they have a lot of them in moto-cross bikes etc. and that is a logical number.
They are going to send it to me without the preload adjuster working, so I can at least ride some this fall. But then, I'm going to have to remove it and send it in again this winter for the hose to the preload adjuster re-connect. That's another job to remove it, and another $40 to ship it..
Just bad luck. I guess..


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Thanks for the info. My 2009 GSA stock ESA rear seal took a dump at 32K miles, but was heavily overloaded with gear and bad paved roads.

I'm still debating which ESA compatible to replace it with, will not go with the $2000 plus BMW ESA rear though, so Wilbers, Hyperpro or Olins or still to be determined.

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Old 10-09-2012, 07:22 AM   #20
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I will be purchasing some Yacugars from Ted Porter by the end of the year for my GS1150. Ted and I had a great conversation about setup and I'm really looking forward to getting the order placed.

One thing of note which swayed my decision was the fact that the Yacugars have a steel body. Typically I'm all about saving weight but in this instance I feel that steel is the proper material for this application, given the hard use shocks see on these bikes. Just something to consider when one considers what your intended use is.

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Old 10-10-2012, 04:55 AM   #21
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This is what I'm going to do next...

http://twalcomusa.com/ohlins-esa-rep...adventure.html

Looks hard to beat. Anyone have any experience?
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:33 PM   #22
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These aftermarket shocks, do the manufacturers hard plate the bores of the cylinders (shock tube)?
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Old 10-11-2012, 01:05 AM   #23
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This is what I'm going to do next...

http://twalcomusa.com/ohlins-esa-rep...adventure.html

Looks hard to beat. Anyone have any experience?
Nice. Do they use the ESA parts from the stock BMW shocks to attach to the new Olins dampers?
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Old 10-11-2012, 04:04 AM   #24
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Watch the video. You get ohlins springs and the inner resivoir. You then bolt up your ESA components off the BMW shock and they become ohlins. I've also called and talked to them. Pretty tempting.
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Old 10-11-2012, 05:26 AM   #25
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Watch the video. You get ohlins springs and the inner resivoir. You then bolt up your ESA components off the BMW shock and they become ohlins. I've also called and talked to them. Pretty tempting.
Looks great to me too. I like that the base shock can then be rebuilt like any Ohlins. I would go this way. AC/DC soundtrack was pretty good too.
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Old 03-26-2013, 03:43 PM   #26
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Older thread ...any info

Has anyone went this route? Any other new direction one should look at?
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Old 03-26-2013, 03:59 PM   #27
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So Klaus will answer your emails with direct answers.
He didn't offer any insight and pretty much regurgitated what his website says.

Ted Porter, responded to my email... the email said "call me"
I did and we talked for over an hour.
Then a few more times.

I called him yesterday about shocks for my airhead... he said it was his day off and he was doing yard work but... it was just shoveling dirt, so we could still talk. Wouldn't take "i'll call you later for an answer". We talked for 30m easy.

I bought Yacugars from him with all the extras. I wasn't terribly happy with the setup, so he fixed em up while I waited. I've bought other stuff from him as well and am looking at a few options he threw out for the airhead. I have no reason to look elsewhere. You can't get this kind of service anymore at any price.
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:17 AM   #28
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So Klaus will answer your emails with direct answers.
He didn't offer any insight and pretty much regurgitated what his website says.

Ted Porter, responded to my email... the email said "call me"
I did and we talked for over an hour.
Then a few more times.

I called him yesterday about shocks for my airhead... he said it was his day off and he was doing yard work but... it was just shoveling dirt, so we could still talk. Wouldn't take "i'll call you later for an answer". We talked for 30m easy.

I bought Yacugars from him with all the extras. I wasn't terribly happy with the setup, so he fixed em up while I waited. I've bought other stuff from him as well and am looking at a few options he threw out for the airhead. I have no reason to look elsewhere. You can't get this kind of service anymore at any price.
+100. Ted is an amazing resource.
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Old 03-27-2013, 09:04 AM   #29
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I had a great experience working w Ted to get my shocks squared away. Very thorough and made sure it all worked out.
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Old 03-27-2013, 09:25 AM   #30
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Thumb leaking Wilbers? Nope!

My 1150GS has had Wilbers on it for over 30,000 miles and no leaks or other problems at all. About 1/2 has been 2-up and heavily loaded, 1/2 solo and heavily loaded all over the US while avoiding the slab.

Now we're off to Baja 2-up and loaded -- without worries about shocks or handling. I hope your mileage doesn't vary.....
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