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Old 05-29-2009, 10:45 PM   #1
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Anyone have an Ohlins on their Monolever RS/RT?

I just got a new Ohlins for my 86 R80RT, and the remote reservoir mount is questionable. I'm almost thinking that it is only designed for use with the K bike saddlebags and brackets, but of course I have the older Touring cases.

If anyone else has this set-up, can you send me a picture so I can compare? Thanks in advance.
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Old 05-30-2009, 02:48 AM   #2
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I just got a new Ohlins for my 86 R80RT, and the remote reservoir mount is questionable. I'm almost thinking that it is only designed for use with the K bike saddlebags and brackets, but of course I have the older Touring cases.

If anyone else has this set-up, can you send me a picture so I can compare? Thanks in advance.
Can take pics of the Ohlins on my K75S if that will help. Let me know.

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Old 05-30-2009, 08:01 AM   #3
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Thanks Bikecat. This is more of an odd late-model Airhead thing.

So the reservoir comes with this small bracket to line up with some mounting holes on the frame rail, but as you can see, I had to move it down to make it all work. Luckily I had some metal plates to help out.



The problem is that the saddlebag tab is going to hook around the front edge of the saddlebag bracket, right between the two hose clamps.



I can't believe they intended it this way.....normally Ohlins fitment is about as idiot-proof as it gets.

The pisser in all this is that I have a set of Integral cases coming any day now, and am not interested in changing back to the K-bike bags.

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Old 05-30-2009, 08:31 AM   #4
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You gat a short hose

I've got one on the PD Jon and the back end is not that much different. First thing I noticed about yours was the length of your hose.....errrr, the shocks' hose I mean. Much shorter than mine . My adjuster is all the way to the rear of the rear fender. I wonder if yours is designed to mount on a vertical frame member ?
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Old 05-30-2009, 08:36 AM   #5
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My adjuster is all the way to the rear of the rear fender. I wonder if yours is designed to mount on a vertical frame member ?
Thanks Mike, I thought about reversing it, but that braided hose is so stiff that bending more than a couple degrees it is just about impossible. That hose has to be 2x the diameter of any other shock I've ever had.
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Old 06-04-2009, 11:45 PM   #6
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What about turning the shock 180 degrees horizontally, putting the rez in front of the shock, by the batter box or off the vertical frame member?? Not sure if that'll obstruct any adjustments or if it's even possible, but it's thought..
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Old 06-05-2009, 05:24 AM   #7
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What about turning the shock 180 degrees horizontally, putting the rez in front of the shock, by the batter box or off the vertical frame member?? Not sure if that'll obstruct any adjustments or if it's even possible, but it's thought..
I'm actually thinking about rotating the reservoir 90 degrees down, and having it attach to the front of the saddlebag bracket. Since the saddlebag tabs in from the rear, this might work. But then I have to get the shock depressurized, rotate the reservoir, and recharged with nitrogen.

Its always something, isn't it?
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Old 06-05-2009, 06:20 AM   #8
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Well, if you're going to that amount of work, why not just go with a short hose and piggyback it on the shock with the stand offs?

I know you'll lose some performance due to shock heat during aggressive track days on your R80RT but you'll solve the mounting problem.
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Well, if you're going to that amount of work, why not just go with a short hose and piggyback it on the shock with the stand offs?

I know you'll lose some performance due to shock heat during aggressive track days on your R80RT but you'll solve the mounting problem.

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Old 06-05-2009, 02:27 PM   #10
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Uh, Jon?

ask Ohlins. Send pics.
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Old 06-05-2009, 04:35 PM   #11
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Uh, Jon?

ask Ohlins. Send pics.
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Old 04-05-2011, 01:26 AM   #12
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Ohlins Installation - Monolever R100RT

Old thread, but I though I'd add some details of how I mounted an Ohlins shock on my 1994 BMW R100RT. After trying a lot of options I chose to mount to the rear fender. Because there's some flex in the fender and mounting I wanted to get as much clearance as I could between the reservoir and the rear wheel. I ended up with 20mm or so gap between the reservoir and the rear tire on one side and 2mm between the reservoir and the back of the right side case when fitted on the other. I glued a 40mm by 80mm 2mm thick soft-ish neoprene strip to the back of the case where, with the neoprene in place, it just kissed the reservoir. I've turned a couple of hundred miles on the bike since the mod and everything works just fine. Turns out to be a great solution! Mark
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Old 04-05-2011, 12:05 PM   #13
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I have got my reservoir hose routed around my fender and under my tool tray and the reservoir itself strapped on to subframe's down tube. Easy to get to and it stays out of the road wash.
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Old 04-05-2011, 01:59 PM   #14
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any chance you can mount the res on the back side of your pannier racks?
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Old 04-06-2011, 04:32 PM   #15
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any chance you can mount the res on the back side of your pannier racks?
This is my plan at some point. But as you can see from Mark's pic, the new braided hose that Ohlins is using is about 2x the diameter of the old stuff.
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