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post #1 of 67 (permalink) Old 12-07-2016, 05:12 AM Thread Starter
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Angry XCT Leaky rear shocks

Hi All,
I just wanted to share what I have found with my fluid leaking rear shock.
The background. I purchased the XCT last December with 10,000 Kls (6,250 miles.) and rode it the 1000 Kls home. A couple of days passed and a friend noticed oil under the bike, yes I had the shock leak problem that so many have had, strangely it held air. I went to the local Victory dealer and they didn't want to know me.
I ran it for another 11,000kls and have replaced the shock today. When I got the old shock out I removed the rubber boot and I found what caused the leak. The shock seal surface is scored! so something metallic inside the shock is rubbing on the barrel seal surface and causing this problem.
We only have 3 Cross Countries in my area and two that I know of have had this happen. This problem should have been rectified years ago. Victory are letting the side down not fixing this problem that I feel is a serious safety issue. I don't know about anyone else but I don't like the idea of riding with oil on my rear tyre. Keep your eyes open to this problem on your sleds, it is happening a lot!!!!
I have attached a photo of the scored barrel.
There is a lot of talk about compressors causing this problem but I don't believe it is the main problem after seeing my shock.
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Default XC rear shock schmatics

Does anyone have the schematics of the internal parts of the rear shock? Is this a mono tube emultion shock or does it have a separate air chamber to the oil damping chamber?
I would like to know what could be causing the scoring.
Has anyone disassembled one of these shocks? I would like to have a look inside and see if this problem can be rectified.
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from the looks of the scoring I would say something on the inside made the marks.
Don't know of any schismatics for the shock don't even know if you can take it apart

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I've seen low mileage take offs on ebay for a ton less than Vic's price for new.
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The factory rear shocks are GARBAGE .

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How 'bout one of these? I hear amazing things about them. For almost $700, they better be amazing

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Traxxion is very popular in the Gold Wing crowd and has a lot of experience with suspension. It may not hurt to contact them and find out what they think. Also $700 for a rebuildable shock isn't bad once you get past the sticker shock.

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[QUOTE=LILMAGS500;2151570]The factory rear shocks are GARBAGE .[/QUOTE
Compared to the mega buck shocks, you are right Mags. How-some-ever, if my shock went south, I'd be scoping ebay for that low mileage takeoff at a fraction of the price. I have over 30K miles on mine and (knock wood) there's many more K left. A $700 shock just does not pencil out in my (frugal) book.

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do you know how much air was in it before leaking.

I have read that more guys have had failure when running no air in the shock

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The factory rear shocks are GARBAGE .
I cannot speak of how good or bad the units are but I believe the suspension on the X bikes is a hell of a good design!
I also believe the principal of the shock is very good and it's function is also very good but it's failure rate is garbage and should not be occurring.
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