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Rebuilding the stock rear shock?

Well, my rear shock is blown. I ordered another one from rc51parts and I'm trying to figure out what I should do with the blown one. How hard is it to rebuild the stock rear shock? I guess I could always make some kinda desk ornament out of it.
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Well, my rear shock is blown. I ordered another one from rc51parts and I'm trying to figure out what I should do with the blown one. How hard is it to rebuild the stock rear shock? I guess I could always make some kinda desk ornament out of it.
Contact Race-Tech. They can rebuild some OEM shocks.
However, it would be a good time to stay on the look-out for a used Ohlins HO-204 that may popup. Ditto for Penske shocks as well (8981, 8983, or 8987).
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yeah dude they are kind of a pain. not as easy as forks or anything like that. it might just need some nitrogen and thats pretty easy to do. i would just get another one, probably be cheaper than rebuilding anyway. thats just me though

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Yeah, I got a used one from rc51parts. I wanted to just make a project of the blown one. It's leaking oil and the oil's all over the piston. The price from racetech is $250 give or take for a rebuild. I guess I'll just empty it and make some kinda ornament out of it. Maybe I could make some kinda funky coffee table out of it or something.

I have yet to outgrow the stock suspension so I don't feel the need to upgrade to some pricey unit, although it would be nice. I know everyone complains about the stock suspension, but if you ever road the '01 R1 I was riding previous to this bike you'd realize that whatever's on the RC51 right now is light years ahead. Once I get that feeling that my suspension is a weak link in my ability to carve I'll upgrade.
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I agree with you on that, i dont race anymore so stock is good enough for me too haha. That would be an awesome christmas tree if you saw a rear shock hanging off of it hahaha
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I have done a few (maybe 10) shocks. The majority of the Japanese OEM shock, which can be, rebuild are not hard to do.

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I have done a few (maybe 10) shocks. The majority of the Japanese OEM shock, which can be, rebuild are not hard to do.
That's pretty cool. You're the first person that I've heard of that does repuild them. I didn't realize they were servicable. The people I asked just told me there's not much you can do with them.

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I have not done an RC shock but it looks like a normal shock.

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I have done a few (maybe 10) shocks. The majority of the Japanese OEM shock, which can be, rebuild are not hard to do.

The rear Air shock of my Yamaha Midnight Venture that also contains oil is bad...I found yesterday A little oil on the ground that came from the shock...and this morning on my way to work...I could feel the rear end of the bike bouncing.

do you know if you can fix these shocks.
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I would give RT a call and ask them. There is alot more involved than just spring preload and hydraulic dampning. What year and model number?

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