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    Rear Shocks-Recomendations?

    Lads&Ladies,
    Looking to replace my rear shocks,my current aftermarket chrome items looked great for a few years but now starting to go a bit 'soggy' and the chrome is getting rust spots, in short...tired and knackered. Anybody out there point me towards a quality value for money replacement ? I'm not gonna spend stupid money,budget is £150 GBP and quite frankly I'll get emotional and cry if I have to spend that much

    Andy

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    Good points you make Andy. I had some similar concerns myself, I understand there are really great shocks for a big price, but I doubt my riding style would take full advantage of those. I rode quite awhile with a set of second hand shocks from a Yamaha Radian and did well with those, but they ran out of damping action finally. Last year I put on a pair of shocks from JBS, and I have read they are Chinese knock-offs of real shocks a their worst. Other opinions were that they were OK if you replaced the oil in them with better oil, and some advocated replacing the o-rings as well. I have run them this year only 600 miles and need to get a softer spring rate before I can really comment on damping, so the jury is still out as far as I go.

    The price was in your ball park, they look fine, it looks dead easy to change springs. I think the outfit that sells them is up on the Gold Coast somewhere in Australia, so it would be interesting to hear from anybody there with experience with these. Most of what I read as comments came from the owners of big multi's.
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    You need to get lucky, Andy, and have someone post up some good shocks that they are replacing with better ones. You must have some buy/sell rags or equiv. of Craigslist online on your side.
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    I put Hagon adjustables on mine (about £200 a pair). They are a bit firm, but I only weigh 145lbs - softening the damping has helped. You can get a non adjustable version within your budget. I believe if you give them a call, they will adjust the spring rate for your weight and riding style.

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    Your money is going to get you Hagons (fine if a little harsh on my XS) or YSS, Steve Cooper who writes for CMM magazine rates the YSS shocks pretty high, he runs a pair on his RD350B.

    Whatever you choose, stay away from those chrome/gloss black jobs with the bell shaped top shroud, absolute shite....... If I were going budget price (<£100) I'd consider ye olde Girling replicas made by NJB?

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    I'd suggest Ikons or Gazis...but both are over your price range...

    I think Gazi had a cheaper shock as well last time I looked...not sure of the pricing on those.

    The last Ikons I bought were the alloy body ones...great shocks and light...

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    I have the fully adjustable Gazzis with remote reservoirs on the SR and YSS with adjustable spring preload, rebound damping and length adjustment on the old Daytona.
    They are both superb.
    With rear suspension units you get what you pay for.

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    My Gazi Hyper X are superb, expensive, and well beyond my ability any more.....trick stuff, though and I bragg on 'em.
    Basic Hagons with springs for my weight and to the softer, gentlemanly riding style would have been fine. I tend to want softer/compliant now that Im an adult.
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    Nothing flash on my SR, installed a pair of progressive suspension series 12s a long time ago and they are still working just fine.
    I think with springs they run about $275.

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    Hi Andy

    I went for Forsa MDI which are Taiwanese items and for my 10 stone they are great. They were £50.
    Been on the bike three years of admittedly dry riding and still fine.
    They have retained their damping & have usual 5 position spring pre load.
    They get copied a lot and I'm hoping it's the copies Max refers to as being absolute sh1te. (I may be wrong.)
    Steve

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