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    Anyone disassembed a rear shock before?

    I have two questions.

    1. Are budget shocks just running orifice damping ala damping rod forks? Or do they still use some sort of shimstacks?

    2. Is it cost effective to do attempt a rebuild? Obviously you'd need to drill and tap a schrader valve to recharge the shock, source O rings and shaft seals, potentially build custom jigs or tools etc - given one new shock is a few hundred bucks for even commuter bikes, is this something that is worthwhile?

    Just to clarify. I'm not talking about rebuilding a high end external reservoir ohlins for racing or MX purposes - I'm talking about keeping flogged old commuter bikes on the road for not much money.
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    I have just recently had two standard shocks rebuilt for our 2 race bikes in order to keep costs down while trying to improve handling and performance...at a set budget.

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    It really depends on the actual shock Bit of similar discussion in this thread > Birthday makeover for a 88 ZX10 (part two)

    As discussed there are places that will rebuild the std BB shock even though they aren't meant to be rebuilt and I had a 95 Fireblade shock rebuilt/resprung and have been using it for 10 years/100k yet SIKYASA couldn't get anyone to rebuild his ZX10 shock

    Dyno Time rebuilt mine one of the times, maybe find out from them whether it's possible?
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    Hi Wheel_of_Steell

    It all depends on the quantities you are talking about. If you are planning on rebuilding multiple shocks yourself (5+) it "might" be cheaper to buy the relevant tooling, gas(nitrogen), regulator and associated consumables (seals, o-rings, seal drivers, oil etc). You'll also want the relevant shop manual as there are generally specified torque settings for the majority of the fasteners for your piston & shim stack. You'll also need to know how to bleed to gas prior to disassembling, as it is at a high pressure.

    If you're only planning on doing 1 or 2 rebuilds, it would be far more cost effective to take it into a shop where they have the relevant tooling & can do it for you relatively cheaply.
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