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Shocks & Springs
by Ted Verrill

Ohlins

The Ohlins is widely acclaimed as the best shock made for the K-Series BMW bikes. It is rebuildable and quite adjustable. Check back for more information.

REAR SHOCK
Model: Ohlins Type 4 Fully adjustable remote reservoir, remote hydraulic spring preload
Installation: Moderate - 1  to 1.5 hours. (largely due to the time needed to mount the shock reservoir.)
Need: As with several comfort accessories, the choice of replacement shock absorber is best made after thoroughly testing not only the stock screen but all available replacements. Generally, any replacement shock will give a better ride then the stock, which apparently usually begins to fail at around 30,000 miles.
Cost: $750 to $1,000 depending on availability.

FRONT SPRINGS
No info available

No Contact info as of yet.

Fox

The Fox Twin-Clicker is apparently the shock of choice for most serious BMW riders due to it's high quality and wide availability. It is rebuildable and quite adjustable. Check back for more information.

REAR SHOCK
Model: N/A
Installation: Moderate - 1  to 1.5 hours. (largely due to the time needed to mount the shock reservoir.)
Cost: $550 to $700.

FRONT SPRINGS
No info available

No Contact info as of yet.

Koni

The Koni is widely respected as the only maker of Shock absorbers for the K bike that offers a full lifetime warranty to the original purchaser. While this shock is not as easy to find nor as adjustable as the Fox, many buy Koni simply for the peace of mind of knowing that they will not have to repeatedly spend several hundred dollars having the shock rebuilt. It is rebuildable and adjustable. Check back for more information.

REAR SHOCK
Model: 2615 (RELEASED!!)
Installation: Moderate - 1 hour.
Cost: $325

FRONT SPRINGS
No info available

No Contact info as of yet.

Progressive Suspension

Progressive makes the lower-end replacement shocks for the K series, with models ranging a simple replacement for the stock shock to models resembling the Fox with remote reservoir and full adjustability. While there apparently has been some question as to the quality of these shocks and the limited warranty, they are a good low-cost replacement for a failing stock shock.

REAR SHOCK
Model: 420 - 1019 (Rebuildable - thanks Ralph Catanese :)
Installation:
Moderate- 1 hour.
Cost: $418.70 MSRP.

FRONT SPRINGS
No info available

Contact Info:
11129 G Ave
Hesperia, CA 92345
(760) 948-4012
FAX (760) 948-4307
progsusp@aol.com

Works Performance

Works is well known for being the premier supplier of "short" shocks, shocks cut down for people who want to lower their bikes. There are no "off the shelf" shocks as each unit is built based on the rider's weight, specific length, requirements, chassis geometry, and intended use. Please see the fitment page for specifics.

REAR SHOCK
Model: Steel Tracker (Rebuildable)
Installation: Moderate- 1 hour.
Cost: $379+

FRONT SPRINGS
Model: 3410 (3106H for Showa Forks)
Installation: Involved - 3 hours
Cost: $89

Contact Info:
Works Performance Products, Inc.
21045 Osborne St.
Canoga Park, CA 91304
(Tel) 818-701-1010 (Fax) 818-701-9043

White Brothers
WP Suspension

White Power has enjoyed a good reputation among its owners. While not widely available, it is considered one of the better shocks.

REAR SHOCK
Model: NA
Installation: NA
Cost: $NA

FRONT SPRINGS
Model: 93759 9932.192.A (1202B) for K1100RS/LT
Installation: NA, See the IBMWR Tech Page for an installation article
Cost: $100 - $125

Contact Info:
White Brothers
24845 Corbit Place, Yorba Linda, California, 92687
(714) 692-3404


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