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Sorry to have cross posted this from the modifications performance section But I am not finding an answer. DOES ANYONE KNOW? don't want to keep the seller waiting too long......................................I'm looking at a shock from an 05 R1, will it fit on my 2011 V? From what I've read the best year model's are 07/08. Is there any years R1 shock that will NOT fit?


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looking over at Ebay..a used R-1 shock can be pretty cheap...what kind of mileage can one expect to get out of a rear shock? buying a used shock with 11,000 miles good or bad..needs rebuilding first??

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looking over at Ebay..a used R-1 shock can be pretty cheap...what kind of mileage can one expect to get out of a rear shock? buying a used shock with 11,000 miles good or bad..needs rebuilding first??

Bought my R1 shock for BIG RED 25,xxx miles ago, from another forum member, so no idea what mileage it already had. Still working FINE!

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Sorry to have cross posted this from the modifications performance section But I am not finding an answer. DOES ANYONE KNOW? don't want to keep the seller waiting too long......................................I'm looking at a shock from an 05 R1, will it fit on my 2011 V? From what I've read the best year model's are 07/08.
Don't do it.

It fits fine (if it's the same as '06), but doesn't have high-speed compression damping control. Why does that matter? Because to use this shock in the Versys you need a much stiffer spring than used in the R1 application, and you need to turn the damping controls way up to compensate. On the 07/08 shock you can turn low-speed compression up, with high-speed compression lower, retaining a plush ride. With the older shock you can't. It will still be better than the stock shock, but not as nice as the later model. If you're gonna put time and energy into it, why not get better results?

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looking over at Ebay..a used R-1 shock can be pretty cheap...what kind of mileage can one expect to get out of a rear shock? buying a used shock with 11,000 miles good or bad..needs rebuilding first??

My results with both ebay shocks and having the shocks resealed have been pretty ****ty (two 07/08 ebay shocks that leaked and lost damping over time, one 06 shock from a local shop that never leaked but isn't as nice as the newer ones when they're working). Honestly it would have been better for me to have bought a Penske. I may still buy another one though.

Or see if the reputable shop that couldn't get my 1st leaky 07/08 shock to stop leaking in two attempts at resealing it, could combine that shock and my totally solid, non-leaky 06 shock to make a single shock that doesn't leak but has high-speed damping control. Maybe the shaft from the 06 with everything else from the later shock? And while they're at it maybe re-valve for the stiffer spring.
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Mine's a 07/08 r1 shock, installed since july 2012. Still in use to date, havent noticed any leak yet. Plus in my tropical country i am riding whole year round. So i guess the mileage is approaching 40k km already with this shock.

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My results with both ebay shocks and having the shocks resealed have been pretty ****ty (two 07/08 ebay shocks that leaked and lost damping over time, one 06 shock from a local shop that never leaked but isn't as nice as the newer ones when they're working). Honestly it would have been better for me to have bought a Penske. I may still buy another one though.

Or see if the reputable shop that couldn't get my 1st leaky 07/08 shock to stop leaking in two attempts at resealing it, could combine that shock and my totally solid, non-leaky 06 shock to make a single shock that doesn't leak but has high-speed damping control. Maybe the shaft from the 06 with everything else from the later shock? And while they're at it maybe re-valve for the stiffer spring.
David,

How would a Penske compare to a Progressive? Progressive just makes suspension and often has heavy duty springs for us oversize guys. And normally, their stock springs are about 120% of the oem stock spring rate anyway. Either way, I'd rather get a shock and spring made for our bike. Suspension is just too complicated for horseshoes. Do you know how Penske would compare to Progressive in performance and price?

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