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Old 09-29-2013, 09:53 AM   #1
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R80G/S rear shock

I'm looking to replace my stock rear shock and although there are options out there, what are people using for replacements that are black spring/stock looking shocks? I know it's an aesthetic thing but that's what I'm lookin for. Saw Wilbers econoline but doesn't seem very easy to get in the US.

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Old 09-29-2013, 10:27 AM   #2
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YSS Shock: Looks like this. I've had good luck with mine... If you hammer them, like other shocks - they will fail. They are a price point purchase... some folks claim that they're based on the Wilber's design. Factory Bilstein on top.

The ruler is there as a note to myself. Klaus was able to increase the length a tiny bit for my long legs with NO problem interfering with the driveline etc. You could remove the YSS sticker if you wish.
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Old 09-29-2013, 10:28 AM   #3
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I'm looking to replace my stock rear shock and although there are options out there, what are people using for replacements that are black spring/stock looking shocks? I know it's an aesthetic thing but that's what I'm lookin for. Saw Wilbers econoline but doesn't seem very easy to get in the US.

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You can get any shock with a black spring. If not, just paint it black. Suspension is important enough that you don't want to choose it based on spring color.
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Old 09-29-2013, 10:32 AM   #4
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I agree with Elmontanero

Ohlins,
yellow,
Great shock.
yellow.
expensive
yellow.

You can always get the yellow plugwires to match. See how the one dude with the black sleeves doen't match the rest of the band? You want that?

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Old 09-29-2013, 10:35 AM   #5
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or black AND yellow

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Old 09-29-2013, 10:38 AM   #6
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Old 09-29-2013, 10:42 AM   #7
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YSS Shock: Looks like this. I've had good luck with mine... If you hammer them, like other shocks - they will fail. They are a price point purchase... some folks claim that they're based on the Wilber's design. Factory Bilstein on top.

The ruler is there as a note to myself. Klaus was able to increase the length a tiny bit for my long legs with NO problem interfering with the driveline etc. You could remove the YSS sticker if you wish.
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You can get any shock with a black spring. If not, just paint it black. Suspension is important enough that you don't want to choose it based on spring color.
Copy that, was considering ohlins and painting the spring but don't know how it'll hold up being a moving part.
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Old 09-29-2013, 10:45 AM   #8
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Copy that, was considering ohlins and painting the spring but don't know how it'll hold up being a moving part.
The springs are powdercoated from the factory. You can do the same to it, but you SHOULD be able to order a black spring with just about any shock.
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Old 09-29-2013, 11:26 AM   #9
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I painted my OEM spring

...many years ago on my bumblebee only because it was developing some rust spots. After a lot of work the paint held for about a year and rust spots started again so I would suggest against.

Never know, Ohlin may have something already per request. I dealt with them directly I think in North Carolina. The guy was fantastic on the phone, took the time to really listen and offered some suggestions so maybe give them a call...

Here is their info;
http://www.ohlinsusa.com
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Old 09-29-2013, 05:17 PM   #10
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maybe an ohlins with a black spring or have the spring powder coated black. You guys think the powder coating will hold up to the constant moving of the spring? wondering if it'll crack...
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Old 09-29-2013, 05:23 PM   #11
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You guys think the powder coating will hold up to the constant moving of the spring? wondering if it'll crack...
If you use the right stuff, it should be fine. Springs are all powder coated from the factory.
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Old 09-29-2013, 05:40 PM   #12
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Like I said.. YMMV.. and many do. I'm a lightweight at 175lbs and gear for the trips I've been on and I've been fine with the YSS. Others have blown theirs out, but they admitted to running straight into the trouble spots, I'm a leisurely guy that likes taking it easy....

That was the easy part where I was willing to snap a pic instead of holding on for dear life...
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Old 09-29-2013, 05:43 PM   #13
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I've been fine with the YSS. Others have blown theirs out, but they admitted to running straight into the trouble spots,
I blew mine out after about 20,000 miles, but it got abused pretty badly. YSSs are a pretty good value for their price.
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Old 09-29-2013, 05:51 PM   #14
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I had a YSS for a few years, moderate off road use it did fine..sold it and got an Ohlins. Was happy with the YSS, but more happy with the Ohlins.
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Old 11-08-2013, 04:05 AM   #15
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If I go with an ohlins shock (a basic one) how bad is the front suspension gonna feel. I'm using stock springs and 5 weight fork oil presently. Thnx
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