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Old 06-12-2015, 07:18 AM   #1
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BMW 1150GS w/Sidecar Shocks & Questions

Hello All, I bought a 2003 BMW 1150GS and plan on putting a DMC "Expedition" Sidecar on it to travel to other countries with my dog, including off-road travel.

My big question is, anyone familiar with the Telelever Front End on the GS's and if a leading link front end is necessary or a ball joint modification to extend the front end out is good enough ?

DMC sidecars says the balljoint mod they do is good enough for the Telelever front end. I just want to get opinions from those who may have experience with the Telelever and sidecar over a period of months to years.

Also, anyone have recommendations for a heavier body, heavier piston shock for the rear of the GS, and also what to do with the front shock. Any recommendations on manufacturer's for these shocks ?

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Old 06-12-2015, 08:45 AM   #2
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The last two DMC's I've had in my shop I have had the customers deal with Ted Porter at The Beemer Shop before I would work on them and they have all turned out great.
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Old 06-14-2015, 06:30 PM   #5
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A little depends on what the plan is if you want to run a motorcycle tire front end or change up to automotive tires, all the shock builders can help your in Calif. so is Ted Porter and Works and I've had good luck with them both. I see Ron sent you to the Dedome style mod thread mine's got over 40k miles on it no issues. The extending the fork works best for the sidecar sales guys it's easy reduces trail, lengthens wheelbase changes fork angle reduces clearance but it gets you out the door.
I have the dedome style mods and I do them and they work well but I'm waiting for a leading link fork from Europe but they cost allot more.DB
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Suggestions on leading link front end manufacturer's please ?
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Old 06-14-2015, 07:13 PM   #7
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DMC modified my R1150RS front end when they put on the sidecar and it handles pretty well so far.

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Suggestions on leading link front end manufacturer's please ?
http://www.lbszijspantechniek.nl/
http://www.eurowingusa.com/sidecar.html
http://www.freedomsidecars.com/contact_information.html
http://boxermetal.com/sidecars-parts/
I'm not a DMC fan but you should ask them also, I'd talk to the EML Euro wing guy in FL about an entire chair and fork kit as well as Chris at Boxermetal sidecars . BMW GS's sidecars are a big undertaking get lots of opinions due diligence ! Big front tire or motorcycle front tire ?
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