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R1 shock questions. Source for seals? '06 vs '07 shock??

My '07 R1 shock needs a rebuild. My local suspension shop doesn't know where to get seals for it. Do you know a source?

Alternately I can pick up an '06 R1 shock. I'm sure I've read about someone using one of those on a Versys. What are the differences between that and the '07-08 shock? Are the bushing and bearing ends the same?
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racetech will sell you the whole seal head. $50
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I used the Racetech seal head assembly on my R1 shock. The Racetech seal head is longer which when used with the stock inner spacer will cause the shock to top out earlier and shorten the eye to eye length. I made a thinner spacer to get the length back. Just something to be aware of.

I still have the stock R1 seal head and was thinking of contacting Racetech to see if they could just rebuild it with new seals and bushing. Then I'd have a spare.
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Good info, thanks!

I bought the 06 shock. It seems about the same as the 07-08, except when installed the compression damping controls face left. I used a u-joint socket to adjust the high speed compression damping on the 07, so it may actually be easier to adjust the 06 with common tools.

Retro Rocketeer, you replaced the seal head at home? Special tools required? How did you pressurize the shock?
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If anyone cares the '06 shock doesn't have high-speed compression damping adjustment.

Seems to fit fine. Looked like the reservoir would go into the cutout I made for the 07 shock, but I didn't verify by mounting it without the spring and compressing the suspension.

The way I tried it to start out with, it's much better than stock, but not as plush as the 07 shock with rebound and low-speed compression set fairly high, and high speed compression set low. Maybe I can lower the compression damping setting a little and get a good, controlled ride.
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I don't have a way to charge the res. with nitro. That I take to my local shop. The only special tool would be the hypodermic needle I use to bleed the nitro out of the bladder before disassembly. The rest comes apart by removing circlips. I built a special bottle I use for bleeding the shock when its reassembled. I find shocks to be easier than many cartridge forks nowadays. Its not that difficult to do them at home. Of course I can say that after having done many shocks and forks in my lifetime. If you've never done them, the greatest risk you likely face is damaging the new seal head. They don't go on as easily as fork seals.

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