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Old 05-13-2013, 08:12 AM   #1
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Blown rear suspension, KLR650, Florianopolis, Brazil

Hey Folks, I hate to only write when I am in a pickle, but here goes. I blew the damping in my rear suspension on my 2001 KLR 650 yesterday. I had it rebuilt in Ushuiaia the last time this happened. It is a stock suspension. Anyone have any advice or local help in Florianopolis, Brazil?

Any and all advice would be much appreciated.

Thanks!!!
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Old 05-13-2013, 05:15 PM   #2
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I had the problem in Peru and a similar failed rebuild attempt of my Moab shock due to a damaged shaft. I ended up getting a new shock from Rick at Cogent brought in by a friend. And sending the old shock back to Rick for overhaul.
Definitely not a cheap alternative but having a good shock is worth it to me.

Local overhaul of your current shock may fail again because of possibly damaged parts.
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Old 05-13-2013, 05:49 PM   #3
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Original shock is not supposed to be rebuildable, although people sometimes say they've had it done. It's possible that what you're experiencing is the outcome of rebuilding a non-rebuildable shock.

I've got a contact in Curitiba, a half-day's ride from you. He's taken in overlanders from time to time, and has a mechanic/friend who is honest and does excellent work. PM me here if interested.

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Old 05-13-2013, 06:57 PM   #4
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Thank you both, Mark and Bush. I agree with you guys. I think rebuilding it may last me for a little while, but will fail again, and probably with less miles each time. I'm looking into getting a rebuildable, aftermarket solution sent down to me. If that plan falls to pieces, I'll reach out to you Mark, for your contact.

Thanks again!
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Old 05-13-2013, 09:03 PM   #5
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Not sure if it would help ( with customs). We have a totally reworked Moab that looks quite used. It is available at a good price. Shiny new ones ready to ship (Adventure vs ) also.

We have shipped all over south America but I don't know about the tariffs on your end.
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Old 05-15-2013, 12:39 PM   #6
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are you living in florianopolis or just passing by?

In Sao Paulo and Curitiba i know some places. I'll try to find one for you.
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Old 05-15-2013, 01:57 PM   #7
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Found this two guys:

Maninho 48 9608-9557

and

Johnny 48 8846-8864

Both are in florianopolis, I don't know if they speak english.
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Old 05-22-2013, 10:02 AM   #8
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Floripa's not a bad place to be holed up.
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Old 05-22-2013, 05:42 PM   #9
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Sorry I can't offer a quick solution for your current problem.

But if you can locate a shock (for any application - car, etc) that has acceptable body dimensions with enough rod length, most any mounting eye or bracket can be fixed to it....even the current ones.

One day or month when I'm motivated, I may look into cross referencing automotive shocks to some moto shock dimensions.

You don't need a rear shock to travel, but having one is certainly nice...
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Old 05-24-2013, 05:28 PM   #10
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If your going to be stuck around there try Retro House Hostal, it's out on the island about a 6 minute walk from a great beach. It's kind of laid back and a little dingy but I stayed there 3 nights and really enjoyed the place.

Av antonio Borges dos Santos, Florianopolis, State of Santa Catarina 88066-400, Brazi
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