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Old 08-03-2013, 01:11 PM   #1
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Rear Shock Knock

Did a search but I keep getting server error.

So I have two questions, first does anyone else get the server error message on a search? (maybe I should have paid my bill) ...I get it 90% of the time.

Secondly and more important to me, the rear shock in Maya is knocking, I thought it was the top bush so I have a spare on board but.....

It does it more cold than hot, it still does when the shock is warm but not as bad.

So my thinking is low fluid level?, so will low fluid damage any valving until we can get it refilled?

There are no leaks or anything so I don't think we are losing anything.

Any experts in this area welcome to chime in, we are currently in Costa Rica , Panama next week and over the Darien to Colombia 12th August.

Anyone know of shocking experts preferable in Colombia or south of there.

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Old 08-04-2013, 07:20 AM   #2
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Bump ..... no one on here knows anything about shock valving and fluid levels???
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Old 08-04-2013, 08:15 AM   #3
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I'm not an expert Andi, but I think shocks are totally filled with oil and pressurized. If you hold Maya from behind and move her posterior up and down what do you feel happening?
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Old 08-04-2013, 08:29 AM   #4
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I'm not an expert Andi, but I think shocks are totally filled with oil and pressurized. If you hold Maya from behind and move her posterior up and down what do you feel happening?
On the centre stand it is an absolute struggle to get any clunk or movement, but once moving over say rocky stuff when the oil is cooler/stiffer it clatters/chatters.

There is no fretting at either bush or bolt, no dampness on the shaft hence I suspect the fluid level.

Just wanting to make sure that we are not going to damage anything, I wouldn't think so but I am no expert either.
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Old 08-04-2013, 10:37 AM   #5
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Try to move her while she is off the centre stand and yourself off the bike standing behind. This way you will be able to isolate perhaps where exactly the noise comes from and what it is.
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Old 08-04-2013, 10:44 AM   #6
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I doubt that it could be a shock oil level if you haven't seen any leakage or just had your shock rebuilt. If all your mounts (subframe, luggage, exhaust) and swingarm shaft are tight I'd be looking at my drivetrain. My SE seems pretty fussy when it comes to chain tension. Could be that your hearing chain slap because you're less likely to be on the gas with a cold bike/start of a ride. Check rear sprocket bolts, I have seen some that were just loose enough that the sprocket wouldn't move unless the brake or throttle was applied which then produced a clunk.

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