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Old 01-11-2013, 08:13 AM   #1
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Shock rebuild in Edmonton

I'm looking to have the rear shock on my 08 Varadero rebuilt. It's up to 34,000k in 2 seasons and wallows pretty bad. The local honda dealer sounds like they can do the work but I wouldn't mind finding an inmate familiar with suspension rebuilds who doesn't mind teaching me how to do it. Anyone out there with the skills and time to teach?

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Seems in their wisdom Honda made this shock non-serviceable. I know sasquatch used to service the strom ones, anyone out there doing the same kind of work, or know of someone, sasquatch suspensions is no longer
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Old 01-11-2013, 08:58 AM   #2
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Hey Rob
Maybe talk to the guys at Triple M on Argyle. I've not had any work done there but in exploring some issues they seemed pretty knowledgable.
Or you could bring it down here where I'm still waiting after a week for the locals to finish my 990's shock. :-(
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Old 01-11-2013, 09:24 AM   #3
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Thanks for the tip. I've spent the morning exploring options.
Ohlins, either $650 or $1200, for me the $1200 is the best choice, then I'd have to do the front end. That's a fair amount of coin for a bike I'm not in love with. Might explore trading it in..... The bike show is this weekend....
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Old 01-11-2013, 12:44 PM   #4
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I got a rebuild kit for my KLR shock from a place in California...I'll see if I can find it in my archives.

EDIT: Found it, took a minute...

Race Tech (www.race-tech.com) 1501 Pomona Road, Corona, CA 92880-6959, USA, Telephone (909) 279-6655, Fax (909) 284-0417
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Old 01-11-2013, 01:39 PM   #5
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Steen Hansens is an authorized Ohlins repair shop, did an OK job on mine and have a good reputation.
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Old 01-11-2013, 03:05 PM   #6
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There are people here in Alberta who can put in a valve to your non servicable shock maybe you will see one at the show.
Here in Calgary out in Chestermere is Dave Clarke at Ride Concepts 403 999 4286
I had mine originally done at Sasquatch but the nitrogen bleed away after my trip to Inuvik so Dave re charged it for me. He took the valve out and repaired it as the job was not done correct by sasquatch He put in new seals and the price was reasonable.
There was a suspension company at the Calgary show, I can't remember the name.
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Old 01-11-2013, 07:26 PM   #7
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Cal,

That's the info I've been looking for. Thanks, I'll give your guy a call next week and see what he can do for me. I appreciate the tip.
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Old 01-13-2013, 07:38 PM   #8
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There is a shop called RT Suspension around Edmonton. He did a clinic at Riverside last year. I'm trying to find a contact for you.
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Old 01-13-2013, 07:44 PM   #9
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Rob...it's a double edged sword for you...your front shock never needs rebuilding due to the amount of time the front tire is pointed towards the sky...subsequently putting more weight on the rear shock
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Old 01-13-2013, 07:48 PM   #10
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Rob I just sent you a PM
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Old 01-15-2013, 07:42 PM   #11
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Here is the facebook link for RT Suspension in Stony.

Give Chris a call and see if he can help you out.

http://www.facebook.com/RTSuspension
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:10 PM   #12
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This guy

Really good.

http://stsracing.ca/

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Old 01-16-2013, 07:02 AM   #13
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Thanks for all the tips guys. I'm talking to a couple suspension shops now abotu my best path the get this bike improved.
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