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Discussion in 'UK Motorcycles' started by Eddie, Jul 11, 2008.

  1. Eddie

    Eddie Guest

    Öhlins rear shocks: if I were to buy a used one, of unknown history,
    looking reasonably clean but slightly tatty, how much would it cost me
    to get it serviced?

    In other words: how much is it worth me paying for one on eBay?
     
    Eddie, Jul 11, 2008
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  2. Eddie

    antonye Guest

    It'll probably cost you £50 to get it serviced and then another
    £20-25 for a spring if you need a different one. I can recommend
    Racing Lines of Derby [1] who do all my stuff; just tell them
    what it's for, how much you weigh and how it's being used and
    they'll sort it for you.

    As an aside, my new Ohlins rear cost £329 off ebay (from France)
    so there are some bargains about if you look. I wouldn't pay more
    than £200 for a second hand one though.

    [1] http://www.racinglines.co.uk/
     
    antonye, Jul 11, 2008
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  3. Eddie

    Eddie Guest

    Cool, not as expensive as I thought.
    Well, the one I'm looking at is up for a Buy It Now of £50, or a Best
    Offer... I might try a cheeky offer and see if I get lucky.
     
    Eddie, Jul 11, 2008
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  4. Eddie

    Eddie Guest

    I just noticed somebody had already made an offer... so I panicked, and
    bought it:
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=120281847043

    Now somebody's going to tell me that it's way too fucked to be serviced,
    or it's not a genuine Ohlins, aren't they?
     
    Eddie, Jul 11, 2008
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    antonye Guest

    Well, it looks about £50 worth tbh.

    The good thing about Ohlins is that they do a lot of spare parts for
    them, so you might be able to replace the body quite cheaply and make
    it "like new". With a new spring it'll look fine anyway.

    The main thing is to ensure that the insides are working right, so
    if it was me I'd give it a damn good clean on the outside first before
    sending it away to be sorted internally.
     
    antonye, Jul 11, 2008
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  6. Eddie

    Eddie Guest

    That's good enough for me.
    Sure. With any luck, my friendly local mechanic will be able to
    negotiate a discount on getting it serviced.
     
    Eddie, Jul 11, 2008
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    CT Guest

    "Trigger's Ohlins"?
     
    CT, Jul 11, 2008
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    antonye Guest

    Obviously there comes a point, but anything that has the main body
    in one piece is still worth having, especially at £50.

    FWIW, I know of someone who broke the bottom half of the shock (it
    sheared in half, she dropped the bike) and it was still economic
    to repair rather than replace.
     
    antonye, Jul 11, 2008
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  9. Eddie

    Eddie Guest

    If nothing else, I can give it a good clean and polish then punt it back
    out again for more money.
    Hang on: did she drop the bike as a result of it shearing, or did it
    shear because she dropped the bike?
     
    Eddie, Jul 11, 2008
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  10. Just about. There are a very few OE Jap shocks that are totally sealed
    and non-rebuildable. I think the original R1 shock is one such, but
    ICBW.
     
    [email protected], Jul 11, 2008
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    antonye Guest

    She was turning the bike (a 996S) in the road when she dropped it.
    We went and picked her up in the van as we were on the way home
    from Oulton Park, and it was only when we got the bike back and
    unloaded that we noticed that the lower mount had shearing in
    half. So we're unsure if it happened because of the drop (unlikely)
    or it had happened but then dropped as she turned the bike, causing
    her to drop it.

    It was a clean break, no external marks, so nobody had a clue what
    happened. Such a low speed drop was unlikely to have caused such
    major damage. She had also been using the bike upto this point on
    the motorway as well, so she's very lucky.

    As it turned out, the shock had been serviced not long before, so
    the bike was returned to the mechanic who stripped out the shock
    and sent it back to the suspension place. Our friendly mechanic
    argued that the suspension place either missed such a massive problem,
    or contributed to it during the servicing, and were thus responsible.
    They agreed to pay for the subsequent replacement parts and rebuild
    along with the odd broken bits - brake lever, indicator, etc.
     
    antonye, Jul 11, 2008
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  12. Eddie

    Eddie Guest

    I know, but he also mentioned the possibility of couriering it.
    That would be a great help, *if* you lived anywhere near me.
     
    Eddie, Jul 11, 2008
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    Colin Irvine Guest

    Pat'll be in Leeds a couple of times over the next few weeks, but that
    still leaves a gap.
     
    Colin Irvine, Jul 11, 2008
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    CT Guest

    FFS! Will everyone just stop adding bloody question marks to every
    fucking statement!

    <fx:deep breaths, calms down>
     
    CT, Jul 11, 2008
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    Champ Guest

    I'm sensing issues here?
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    Champ

    ZX10R | GPz750turbo | GSX-R 600 racer
    My advice as your attorney is to buy a motorcycle
    To email me, neal at my domain should work.
     
    Champ, Jul 11, 2008
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    CT Guest

    *sobs*
     
    CT, Jul 11, 2008
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    The Older Gentleman, Jul 11, 2008
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    Eiron Guest

    Is it any worse than putting an exclamation mark at the end of a question?
    And what about starting a sentence with a conjunction?
     
    Eiron, Jul 11, 2008
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    crn Guest

    Stoppit.
    Up with that I will not put.
     
    crn, Jul 11, 2008
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  20. Eddie

    Eddie Guest

    True, but that depends on the state of the original. That's not an
    option in this case.
     
    Eddie, Jul 12, 2008
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