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Shock absorbers
« on: October 07, 2019, 04:47:13 PM »
Just before we came away to rainy N Wales I took the 400 super four for test and as I wheeled it in one of the rear Showa shocks decided to drop all its oil on the floor. Now these don’t crop up second hand very often, new ones are about £600 each so that left having a rebuild or buying something different. Time seen a factor I plumped for buying others, and took a risk on a pair of cheap Chinese shock off EBay . I have now done about 200mls on them around wet Wales and both of us think they ride nicer than the original Showas with these been a bit stiffer which is what we wanted. If they were to only last 12 months I would be quite happy with them. Cost a ridiculous £55 a pair. Hopefully the weather will be better over the next few days .
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Re: Shock absorbers
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2019, 04:50:48 PM »
TEC do an acceptable set of rear shocks for the sohc 4's

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Re: Shock absorbers
« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2019, 05:10:54 PM »
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/340mm-13-Motorcycle-Shock-Absorber-Rear-Spring-Damper-For-Yamaha-XJR1200-Honda/383177623912?fits=UKM_Make%3AHonda&hash=item59372a8968:g:CH8AAOSwRdFdjcqu

Fail to see how they could fit the CB500 although it's listed as fitting, those are eye to eye shocks and the 500 along with many others of that era require eye to claw fittings.
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Re: Shock absorbers
« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2019, 05:42:22 PM »
If you use his compatibility checker, it will actually tell you it will NOT fit your machine
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« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2019, 07:08:00 PM »
Yeah but it does say this fits 997 versions of the Honda. Misleading to say the least.
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Re: Shock absorbers
« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2019, 07:55:39 PM »
I've just bought these for the k6 Cafe Racer project - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/TEC-All-Alloy-Gas-Shocks-Shock-Absorbers-Honda-CB750-K0-7-SOHC-Models-21fxm4/272336717682?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649
The bottom 'eye' fitting screws off and the 'u' fitting (provided  with the shock) that fits the swing arm screws into the shock.
Haven't used them yet but visual quality looks good
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Re: Shock absorbers
« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2019, 08:24:05 PM »
If you use his compatibility checker, it will actually tell you it will NOT fit your machine

That's right because they are 10mm longer than standard but I was ok with that. The main purpose of the post is to show that even though they are very cheap they seem at this time to be of a decent standard. Anyone wanting new shocks should look through the specs of different ads and they will more than likely find some that has suitable specs to their requirements at what I consider to be a very low cost for a pair of brand new shocks. I wouldn't be surprised if the TEC ones were  made  in  the same factory.

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Re: Shock absorbers
« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2019, 05:42:55 PM »
All you need is a pair of Ohlins stickers and jobs a good un!
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Re: Shock absorbers
« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2019, 06:15:21 PM »
All you need is a pair of Ohlins stickers and jobs a good un!

They will nearly cost as much as the shocks .  ;D

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« Reply #10 on: October 08, 2019, 07:15:37 PM »
I bought a set of dampers for my CB1300. They came with a pair of Ohlin stickers and they look exactly the same as the genuine Ohlins, no one has ever spotted they weren't the genuine ones. Fitted them in 2014 and they are still going strong, no leaks, no pitting, no flaking of paint. Cost about £200 and they perform really well, far better than the standard Shows shocks. Unfortunately the seller can't get anymore as everyone wanted a set when they found out the cost.
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Re: Shock absorbers
« Reply #11 on: October 08, 2019, 07:33:42 PM »
I have it on good authority RFY shocks are the way to go. Apparently Ohlins are so yesterday.   I read it on internet so it must be true.  ;D