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Vic just replaced mine @ 4 years 10 month's after purchase date. I paid $50.00 for the deductible on the 5 year warranty I purchased with the bike. I have 36000 miles on the bike my only complaint was I noticed the slight oil drip (very minor) in September and it took 3 months to get the replacement. I continued to ride the bike and no major change in the way the bike handled. I did notice that as the temperature dropped it quite leaving the drop or two of oil under the bike.:)
 

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Sucks that the OEM shock failed on both your bikes so quickly.
Sure hoping the OL's and mine hangs in there long enough to wear out.
Try calling Vic Customer service and see if they feel generous. It is a safety issue with the shock located centered in front of the wheel and the bike is only 2 years old.


I wouldn't get my hopes up. If anything will get their attention it is something that has to do with safety. Having your rear wheel coated with oil falls in that category. A call costs almost nothing but your time and the worse they can say is no.
Mine failed at 13000 mi in it's second year. Since I only had powertrain warranty after the first year, Victory told me too bad, we'll sell you a new one. I bought a used one from a fellow that triked his XC. At 24,000 it's still OK. There are other threads around of early failure. IMHO the OEM is crap - reliability is all over the place.
 

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TNXR I found there was no danger at all in it leaking and being directly in front of the rear wheel. It seems the turbulence in front of the rear wheel is such that the leaking oil never gets to the tire. It blew the oil all over the rear of the engine, the oil filter was coated and the front and sides of my left saddle bag were covered. I couldn't find so much as a drop on the rear rim or tire.
 

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Wesdalton. This is the first bike I have not purchased the extended warranty on in some time and I regret the lapse in judgment. The only bike it did not pay for itself was on the Harley all the others it paid for itself several times over. On my part= DUMB DUMB DUMB
 

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You are lucky because the oil was getting on my rear tire. I dont' do a lot of highway riding but mainly curvy roads. Heading home from Boone back into TN I about lost it twice when the rear tire started sliding out from me in curves. Got home and saw an oil stain on the left sidewall of the rear tire. Thought I had just got into some oil on the road but next morning is when I saw the shock oil puddled under the bike. Drove it carefully to my local dealer the next day and he saw the same thing. Could be difference in shock height between our bikes or something else.
 

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TNXR.. can't be luck, if that was the case my bike wouldn't be such a Hooptie. I ride 250 miles round trip for work every day. Speeds range from 30 mph splitting traffic to 80 on the 10 freeway. I go from low desert up and through one mountain pass to get to the beach city where I work. If its not the air turbulence that kept the oil away from the tire than its my Guardian Angel but I don't think it was luck. I'm sticken with Guardian Angel
 

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TNXR.. can't be luck, if that was the case my bike wouldn't be such a Hooptie. I ride 250 miles round trip for work every day. Speeds range from 30 mph splitting traffic to 80 on the 10 freeway. I go from low desert up and through one mountain pass to get to the beach city where I work. If its not the air turbulence that kept the oil away from the tire than its my Guardian Angel but I don't think it was luck. I'm sticken with Guardian Angel

geez sounds like you need to move! ouch thats a long ass trip to work!!
 

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DTMMIL... Actually what has occurred is I used to travel all over the world for the company I work for so where I lived didn't matter as long as an airport was near by. Then my body couldn't do the job anymore and they gave me a desk job. I had a rental in the area so instead of our home in the desert we lived in the rental close to work. Now after 30+ years for the company they are moving the department I'm in and giving the jobs to people who will do it for a fraction of what they pay me. They wont tell us if we will be let go in 12 months or 10 or 16 months but its coming so we sold all our rentals and live full time in our desert home which was always planned as our retirement home. Ill be retiring a bit earlier than planned but hey everything happens for a reason.

So yup my commute is a bit of a stretch. I really like the commute home. I get off at 10 and get home at midnight. Always have liked night riding... at least in areas where there are no deer!
 

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So, I've Emailed Traxxion three times with no response and Penske twice. Is it they don't need the business or is it just me, I'm starting to get a complex here.

Anyone else that builds a good high end rear shock for the cross country that any of you can think of?
 

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huh, i emailed and got responded to very quickly at traxxion. i will get the guys email addy for you if i still have it.
 

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joseph you have a pm
 

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So, I've Emailed Traxxion three times with no response and Penske twice. Is it they don't need the business or is it just me, I'm starting to get a complex here.

Anyone else that builds a good high end rear shock for the cross country that any of you can think of?
Tried Progressive? They reply.
 

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Call racetech. Your inCA as R they. They may give u a discount if your willing to take your bike to them and allow them to measure it up develop a shock 4 it. Never hurts 2 ask. The owner has been open to such things in the past.

If not you just need tomake some measurements 4 them, fill out a form and they will build u what you need.
 

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there is a guy on facebook that had his front suspension changed by racetech as a test bike
 

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Race tec. Only makes suspension products for the front end of the cross bikes. They had a bike for r&d and decided they will not be offering a rear shock. Basically said too much was involved.

Penske. Spoke to them and was told they don't have anything off the shelf. They will have to contact their victory specs person and find out if they have anything that can be adapted.

Traxxion. Emailed several times to tech div, sales divsion as well as direct to their internet sales person. No reply. Called and left a message, no reply.


Progressive. Again, no reply to date.

I hate to stick more junk on this bike like it came from the factory with. It's not rideable anymore so it sits for now. Used may be the only option for now
 

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give dan a day, i dont remember if he got back to me same day or not, if not it was early next day. i think you can get them from conquest also, but when i contacted him he didnt really seem to know what i had, and was very difficult to talk to on the phone, and his shock was $100 more for the same thing new.
 

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OK, heard from Traxxion. Pretty interesting. Penske tells me they don't know if they have one that can be adapted and traxxion uses a Penske shock set up for our bikes. Cost 650. When I asked about a remote location control he said they have it well dialed and it hasn't been needed for these bikes. Only down side is time to get it made up and sent to me. So I also found a new OEM from a trike shop for 160 delivered. Gives me a back up for when I have to take out the Penske for rebuilds.
 

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I did a search on Progressives website and looks like they only do the steel frames with the 465....
Its shocking that the mainstream places dont stock a shock for yhe bigger ally framed Vics!
Specially given the limited life of the stock factory shock!
Like how many ally framed cross bikes are now on the road in the states??
Vics are still a rarity and thin on the ground in Australia.
Last 2 biggish runs I been on I was the only Vic
So the market is slooooowly growing here.
But over there surely theres enough market for one or two manufacturers to get thier arse in gear!
Shocking is the word...
 
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