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Old 02-09-2015, 07:48 AM   #1
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faux-lins/chohlins vs. BM 141's

Heyyo ADV,

Jim K had peaked my interest in these Chinese knock-off ohlins. I really want the Ohlins BM 141..but you know how it goes.. champagne taste with beer pockets..

which would you suggest as shock that would be closest to the BM 141's.

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Im leaning towards these ones:

for 02-06 gsx1400

http://www.ebay.com/itm/331414326070


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the other ones are these:

for 99-11 cb400
http://www.ebay.com/itm/300848292063

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any suggestions?
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Old 02-09-2015, 08:28 AM   #2
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Thumb You tell us --

They are pretty much the same shock 330 and 328 overall length same piston size travel 91mm and 88mm. Spring weights??

This is for your 1984 R80?? I assume

What is the stock shock length??

The set for the 02-06 gxs1400 should have heavier springs by the model / weight of the bike they are listed to fit - maybe

2nd set show for a CB400 - lighter bike but these are educated guesses kind of like assumptions.

But you could buy both sets for the price of a set of Ohlin's and then tell us which are better
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Old 02-09-2015, 08:38 AM   #3
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haha looks like im gonna be the guinea pig.

yes they are for my r80:


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bm141:

shock abs. length: 338mm
stroke: 103mm
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cb400: (438lbs dry)

Shocks eye to eye length 330mm
Shocks stroke travel 88mm

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gsx1400: (502lbs dry)

Shocks eye to eye length 328mm
Shocks stroke travel 91mm
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im leaning towards the gsx1400.. i think id rather have a lil heavier spring and that extra whopping 3mm of travel
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Old 02-09-2015, 09:37 AM   #4
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Made in China....kind of a crapshoot regarding quality. What happens if they leak a week from installation?
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Old 02-09-2015, 09:38 AM   #5
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I put some Ohlins 36s non piggy back monotube emulsion shocks on my race bike set to my weight and its great to ride compared to the Ikon/Konis that were on it.
What ever you get, you want the right springs for you weight.
I have a set of Ikons on my R90 and they are too firm...improves when my wife rides pillion, still on the lowest setting.
With Icon springs about $150 a time getting it right first time is best.
The 36s's are generally used for Harleys.
There is nothing worse than oversprung rear shocks.
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Old 02-09-2015, 09:56 AM   #6
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Made in China....kind of a crapshoot regarding quality. What happens if they leak a week from installation?
yeah.. i know

sometimes i like to live dangerously.

jim k- had some great things to say.. then again who knows what will happen 2 years from now.
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Old 02-09-2015, 10:02 AM   #7
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from other forums word is they are rebuildable etc. but $350 is just a little more than i like to gamble with.
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Old 02-09-2015, 01:21 PM   #8
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What about the YSS shocks if you paying that much? Good reviews on the quality, rebuildable. Looking at them for my old Triumph.
Google YSS- fleabay bad for what you're looking for.
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Old 02-09-2015, 02:52 PM   #9
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Check out this thread and photo album:

http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=11736.260

http://s91.photobucket.com/user/1cra...N3900.jpg.html

He seems to like them, but only after what amounts to a full rebuild in effort.

Still, if you have more time than money, it is an attractive option.
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Old 02-09-2015, 02:59 PM   #10
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Old 02-09-2015, 05:06 PM   #11
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I recommend the mill/lathe myself
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Old 02-09-2015, 05:46 PM   #12
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yeah.. i know

sometimes i like to live dangerously.

jim k- had some great things to say.. then again who knows what will happen 2 years from now.
I have yet to put a load on these Chohlins, but should be able to do so soon. My review of them so far is 100% visual, so please don't infer more than what is stated. Beauty is only skin deep!

If the interior/build quality is equivalent to the exterior machine and finish work, these cheapie shocks should hold up for a couple of years. Long enough for me to decide if I want to keep the setup or change to something new. I will certainly post up any failures I may encounter.

I have to get the bike back down on it's wheels so I can take some measurements for shortening the forks. It will be another couple of months before it gets ridden.

BTW - the shocks linked to above are completely different assemblies from the Chohlins.



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Old 02-09-2015, 06:48 PM   #13
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You need to settle on a sub-frame anyways. You shouldn't lock yourself in to some shocks before you do that. Sounds like you might have to be patient on this one.

And impatient on the lathe or a dirtbike
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Old 02-09-2015, 10:50 PM   #14
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I'm scared about Chinese shocks ... a friend had an accident due to them :
broken shock rod

PS : nice off road bemer, i'd like to see more pics
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Old 02-09-2015, 11:14 PM   #15
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For that price you could get a M-Unit and a can of gold paint
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