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Old 09-24-2013, 10:50 AM   #1
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R 1100GS Shocks reaching limit

I have this 1998 R1100GS loaded with 2 Jesse begs, top bag, my wife and I.
The total weight is about 380pounds
What happens is that in dirty roads the rear shock bottoms in many pumps, much more then my 2003 GS and way more then my 2004 Adventure.

Is there any way to make the rear shock harder or even higher? The knob that regulates the pressure is already on max.
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Old 09-24-2013, 11:58 AM   #2
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The rear OE Showa shock absorber can be rebuilt by Brunos in Iron Bridge, ON, Canada. There may be others who rebuild it as well.

http://www.brunos.us/shocks.html
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Old 09-24-2013, 06:59 PM   #3
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throw out those showa shock since they have been worn out since 2000


Buy any ones aftermarket shock and be amazed.


# 1 aftermarket item all BMW owners should purchase is PROPER shocks
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Old 09-24-2013, 07:12 PM   #4
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throw out those showa shock since they have been worn out since 2000


Buy any ones aftermarket shock and be amazed.


# 1 aftermarket item all BMW owners should purchase is PROPER shocks
I have read reports of Showa OE shocks being rebuilt to better than new performance for a few hundred dollars. The top gets cut off and threaded, new internals are installed, the shocks are filled and gassed and a new spring installed. The Showa shock is then rebuildable as needed after that.

My 2001 GS OE shocks still work like new...no leaks, no sag and no high dollar aftermarket shocks.
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Old 09-24-2013, 07:38 PM   #5
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My 2001 GS OE shocks still work like new...no leaks, no sag and no high dollar aftermarket shocks.
Mine too. I did put a 20% heavier spring on the rear. That cost a little over $100 and made a world of difference.
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Old 09-24-2013, 09:16 PM   #6
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I bought a 98 GS1100 in Jan w 6700 miles. Rear shock was toast. On the other hand my 99 GS1100, ( sold w100k) the rear shock still functioned.
Go figure?
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