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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-24-2019, 07:07 AM Thread Starter
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Out for a ride this past weekend I hit a pot hole. The bike stayed upright and was surprisingly stable considering the damage. When I came to a stop, I put my feet down to find the ground MUCH closer than it normally is. At first I thought I blew the tire, but that is not the case. I called a tow truck and once got home with the bike and was able to dig a little deeper I found that the tire is worn flat from the underside of the fender (frame?) grinding it away before I could come to a stop. It is still holding air. My next thought was that I blew the air bag in the shock, but hooking up a pressure gauge shows that is still holding air as well. This means I broke something up at the top of the rear suspension linkage. Either the shock mount, link mount, wishbone part or sheered the pin that holds everything together.
So now knowing that I have to replace the rear suspension, I reach out to you for your suggestions. Do I replace everything with stock, or if not, what would you upgrade to what?

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Is your bike lowered or stock height? Some folks have had issues with the lowering link snapping or shearing due to forces...



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Hey Broggyr,
My bike was all suspension. I have short legs and had thought about lowering it, but never did. I contacted the local dealer who I trust. Once I can get the bike to them, they will go over it and let me know what is broken, worn out, etc so I can decide how to move forward. My reason for posting before I even know what is wrong with the bike is to see what others have done as far as rear suspension upgrades and recommendations.
I hear a lot of good things about the Penske shock upgrade, but I will only do that if the stock shock is broken. I will most likely buy a lowering link as well as new kickstand while the work is being done and let the dealer install it.

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@PaiN and I recently changed our fork oil from stock to Maxim "V-Twin" (?) 10W and it made a huge difference. Some don't like it, but I love it. I have definitely been entertaining the thought of the Penske shock, but it's a good chunk of change right now.
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@PaiN and I recently changed our fork oil from stock to Maxim "V-Twin" (?) 10W and it made a huge difference. Some don't like it, but I love it. I have definitely been entertaining the thought of the Penske shock, but it's a good chunk of change right now.
I also went with 10w.
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It might just be a broken suspension part that is (relative to the air shock) cheap and easy to replace. If this is the case and you are content with the current ride and seat height, why change the expensive shock?

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If you have the tools and the where-with-all to work on your bike, why pay $100+/hour for someone else to do it? If you have ever removed the rear wheel, you are most of the way there to removing the suspension parts. I've been there, done that.
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I agree completely with you guys, I could save a good bit of money by turning the wrench myself. While fixing the rear suspension myself shouldn't be that hard for me, I don't have a motorcycle jack which will make the job a lot easier and my garage floor is currently stone so that just doesn't sound fun to me.
I also started an insurance claim when I called to have the bike towed. Since I have a claim against the insurance already and a deductible to meet, I'll continue with the shop doing the work. This shop (Philadelphia Cycle Center in PA for those of you in the area looking for a good shop!) have never done me wrong and seem to charge fairly. I remember one of my services, I came out to the bike to find the tech had lubed everything that needed lubing, and they didn't charge me for it at all.
I'm in talks with them to take everything apart and let know what parts need replacing, and then we can discuss what I will replace them with (OEM or aftermarket).
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Sounds like you had this well under control before you posted. Let us know how this progresses.

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Sounds like you had this well under control before you posted. Let us know how this progresses.
I have some ideas, yes. Figured I'd throw out a post to see if I missed anything, or that someone else actually had the same problem. Most things on the Vic XC seem built very well, so I figured this was just a case of bad luck.

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