There have been several topics recently discussed about failing rear shockers. The original Showa parts fitted to our beloved aNTys are not user repairable and require specialist tools and knowledge to overhaul. I finally found the source that can do this and spoke with them today.
Clarke's Motorcycles in Eaglescliffe (near Stockton on Tees) can arrange this with an Ohlins trained technician. I called them on 01642 784595
They asked me to remove the shocker and take it in to them. They pass it on to the Tech who strips (the shocker you perv ;D) and gives a report on condition, work required and likely cost. After agreeing with the cost, he cracks on and does the work and returns in exchange for payment.
Typical costs are £80 for a straightforward strip, reseal, re oil and gas, reassemble.
If a new gas rod is required, the bill could be in the region of £120
Typical turnaround is 4-5 working days, which I thought was pretty quick.
I wish I had asked about mail order, and didn't ask if there was a cost involved in preparing the report and price.
Clarkes were very helpful, so if anyone has any questions, give them a call.
Grateful for news if anyone has alternative sources, or experience of getting this work done.
When I bought N (my N reg NTV), It felt like it had a rod instead of a shock, really hard on the rear compared to P (my P reg NTV). Turned out the prelaod was turned up high, I reset it to standard and left it at that because it felt the same as P.
I’ve never really played around with shock/fork setups on my previous bikes but my route to my new place of work has been doing my back in, how do the councils get away with such nuts roads.
Due to this I turned the preload up one and a half turns which was a lot better but a little firm. Decided to turn it back down half a turn which was OK but now a little soft so thought if I turn the damping up it may be just right. Before I got the chance to do it I took my brother (who is not, lets say a skinny person) home on the back and going round a corner the shock bottomed quite hard in a dip in the road. On checking it found there is evidence of oil leaking and checking the damping adjuster found it was screwed right in. BUGGER!
Looks like I need to get it fixed or replaced? Just looked on David Silver spares, 52400MZ6731, £583+VAT, 3 week delivery and in short supply for a new one.
Thank you people for already finding places to get them fixed, will have to get in contact.
I took my brother (who is not, lets say a skinny person)
Salad dodger and fan of the pie?
That's shocking news about your shocker. A good refurbishment isn't going to be cheap, but 100 beer vouchers is a lot better than 670 of them (inc VAT) for a new one.
Will you be able to cope with aNTy off the road while the shocker is away?
Please do keep us notified of your news, especially if you use one of the above, or indeed, someone different. There are a lot of forum members who are probably thinking they need to get their shocker sorted, so some personal recommendation is going to be very useful.
i do have a ntv 650 shocker in the shed that i inteded to keep for myself just in case but as thats a minor possibility if you want make me an offer for it as its no use to me at this moment in time. there isnt any signs of oil leakages or damage and if you want i can get a few piccies of it