How often should you really service your suspension?
August 16 2016, 1 Comment
Suspension servicing is one of the most under rated "services" on a motorcycle and one that riders neglect - You will all give the engine fresh oil and filter, flush the brake fluid... but not many people think about the front forks or rear shock.
Some Racers will service their forks after every round, some every six months. For the "average Joe" using the machine frequently on track we recommend Yearly services of the Front and Rear. If the bike is being used most weekends Racing or Trackdays we recommend every six months.
For Road riders the suggestion is every two years. Too soon I hear you day? Have a look at a video further down of a "new" bike shock..... you be shocked as what you see!
Suspension servicing is one of the most under rated services a rider considers being done.
Our workshop boasts no fewer than 3 service technicians to look after your exact needs. Each technician is trained on many varieties of suspension units and has undertake many training courses and work related training – all over seen by our in house senior technician who has been trained to Diploma level by Ohlins.
We are one of very few Ohlins Sales and Service Centres.
We also service OE suspension units as well as many other of the Major Brands such as K-Tech, Nitron & Bitubu.
Our basic service costs are as follows:
Front Fork Service £112 inc VAT
A front fork service covers a full strip and clean. The Guide bushes and dust seals are inspected for wear, the stantions are checked for wear and run out, the compression and rebound valves are stripped and cleaned and all shim stacks dismantled and cleaned (where applicable). The forks are then rebuilt using OE quality NOK oil seals. If any wear is evident, we report to you before under taking any additional work so you do not have any suprises.
Front Fork Service (OHLINS) £142 inc VAT
As above but we refill with Ohlins 1309 Oil in accordance with the manufacturers recommendation.
Rear Shock Service £135 inc VAT
Our rear shock service is similar to that of our fork service. It covers a full strip, Clean and Inspection of all parts. Rebuilt using high quality seals and Ohlins Oil.
We can service most makes of Shock – Please contact us for details.
Servicing your OE fitment shock can real huge benefits as the OE Oil is poor quality and over time can become aerated and create substantial cavitation – which creates poor damping. Most OE shock Oil, when drained, is almost like foam!
VIDEO OF SHOCK OIL
Kawasaki OE fit Ohlins Steering Damper Race Conversion / Upgrade £85 inc VAT
Kawasaki OE fitted Ohlins steering dampers are built to a specification laid down by Kawasaki and as such do not have the damping quality required for use on the track. We offer a rebuild/service and upgrade for them which changes the damping characteristics more akin to an aftermarket Ohlin unit at a fraction of the price. This conversion is strictly NOT FOR HIGHWAY USE.
Ohlins Steering Damper Service £65 inc VAT
Fully rebuilt used new OHLINS parts where required. Brings the Damper back to an AS-NEW quality.
We also offer a full upgrade service for your OE forks using parts from manufactures such as K-Tech, Bitubo, RaceTech, Andreani and of course Ohlins
In general prices are as follows (This are purely and estimate and customers are advised to obtain a full quote before proceeding with any works)
Springs £85 - £117
Piston Kits £270
Flow Valves (Compression Adjusters) £75
Cartridge Kits £750 - £2500
Complete replacement forks
Replacement Rear Shock Units
Re-Valved Rear Shock Units
For ANY of your suspension needs please contact us for a competitive quote and a friendly chat.
If we service both your Front and Rear units then you will also receive a FREE suspension set-up at our workshop or a trackday we are attending.