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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-08-2014, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
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While on a ride yesterday the bottom shock mount broke on the left side. Someone was looking out for my wife and I. We were just leaving a restaurant with a group of friends, we saddled up and I raised the shocks without a problem. We pulled out of the parking lot and about a quarter mile down the road we rolled across some railroad tracks at about 15mph, I didn't hear or feel anything but all of a sudden the bike started bottoming out and the air gauge was steady at 115 lbs. We pulled over and found the problem, ouch!!!

One of my friends was riding solo on his One Day Old Limited and offered to let my wife ride with him as I limped mine 120 miles back home. And yes he followed and dropped my wife off at my house, lol. She did say that his new bike was nice, and IT IS, but she liked the ride of my 07 with the Monroe's better. So, it's time to buy some new shocks and get the mounts weld reinforced before they get installed. I have had my DIY Air Ride on since March and 7K miles later I want to go right back to the same ride quality.

One question I have is, are you guys mig or tig welding your shocks?

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Glad to hear your safe first off, I'd say tig welding , you have more control of heat and fusion of metals better another option is try the Gabriel's I've got over 14000 miles on mine and no issues , just a thought


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Thanks lundboy1, I think I found an old hot rod guy that will tig them up for me. I was thinking about the Gabriel's. I've been searching thru the threads trying to read up on the pros/cons of each brand

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To be honest I think we get what we pay for and these shocks are mass produced by the cheapest labor force available so getting bad parts is the unfortunate results, if I had a bigger budget id run m/c engineered parts but this mod gets me by till I hit the lottery


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It probably goes without saying, but make sure you have the welding done before you press in your new bushings. They will definitely be ruined in the process.

I had a local body shop weld mine up. Great for piece of mind.


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Just got back from getting my Monroe's TIG'ed up. Waiting for the paint to dry so I can press in the bushings and go for a ride later today

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I have over 12000 on my Gabriel shocks and no problems so far. Maybe try a set of them.


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