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Did some search but I couldn't find any answers. What is the shock life on a Vegas? We all know the forks need oil change at 15k miles but how about that little shock in the back? :D it works as hard as the forks but there is no maintanance info about it.

What's the rebuild or replacement interval? My Vegas is 03 with 25k miles and I have no problem with bike's handling but it would be nice to know. cheers
 

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Shock will work for a long long time. Keep it clean and look for moister. If you see it wet then its time to replace. No rebuild kits.
 

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If there is leakage around the seal or you bottom out and bounce without it stopping you know the shock is bad. Old day shocks on cars did not last 12000 miles, today they last over 100,000 miles. So on a bike at least 10 years. I always do a pre-check when I get on it every time. Lights , bulbs, clutch, brakes always before I take off.
 

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If there is leakage around the seal or you bottom out and bounce without it stopping you know the shock is bad. Old day shocks on cars did not last 12000 miles, today they last over 100,000 miles. So on a bike at least 10 years. I always do a pre-check when I get on it every time. Lights , bulbs, clutch, brakes always before I take off.
Agreed. cheers

Like I said my bike runs fine but it was just funny to me that there are all kinds of information about the fork maintenance but nothing about the rear shock. :)
 

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Agreed. cheers

Like I said my bike runs fine but it was just funny to me that there are all kinds of information about the fork maintenance but nothing about the rear shock. :)
Because stock shocks are usually throw away parts. More expensive aftermarket parts can be rebuilt i.e. new oil & seals.

Shocks wear out gradually over time. Riders get used to the progressive decay and don't usually notice. If the spring is set well for your weight and you don't ride aggressively, you may ride it many tens of thousands of miles. It will pogo a little more when you hit a bump, but over time you will just think it always worked that way.

If you ride aggressively, you will notice that pogo in corners. It is often described as wallow. This is not a reassuring feeling. People who ride aggressively will probably start to notice this around 20-30k miles. The oil in it isn't any more magical than the oil in your forks. It devolves into a water like viscosity over time too.
 

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Because stock shocks are usually throw away parts. More expensive aftermarket parts can be rebuilt i.e. new oil & seals.

Shocks wear out gradually over time. Riders get used to the progressive decay and don't usually notice. If the spring is set well for your weight and you don't ride aggressively, you may ride it many tens of thousands of miles. It will pogo a little more when you hit a bump, but over time you will just think it always worked that way.

If you ride aggressively, you will notice that pogo in corners. It is often described as wallow. This is not a reassuring feeling. People who ride aggressively will probably start to notice this around 20-30k miles. The oil in it isn't any more magical than the oil in your forks. It devolves into a water like viscosity over time too.
Well said and explained SB! The part about how we just get used to it since it happens slowly over time is one of the more salient points to shock wear. Many people won't notice it until they get on another bike like theirs that has good shocks.

Nowadays with other, and probably better, aftermarket shocks available like Penske and Progressive Suspension; it almost doesn't make much sense to rebuild the stocker unless the shock guy is good enough to make it better than new at a reasonable price which it looks like TWP can do at $125. A Penske is an investment it's so expensive. Certainly worth it to the seasoned and spirited rider who spends a lot of time in the twisties though. thumb up
 
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