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Not sure if this helps but the non OEM ones I fitted didn't have the middle bush bonded in Method was Pull sleeve out Shove rubber bush in Put sleeve back in
I got Ikon rubbers and had to compress them in, with a vice and a socket.
Did they end up looking like a peeled banana, like mine?
No. Just having a wild guess but are there any sharp edges around the eye of your shock that could cut the rubber? Just found my notes. "26mm socket on one side and an 11mm socket on the other"It is so long since doing this that I barely recall anything but reading between the lines, I think that the rubber needs to protrude out one side of the eye for some distance, before it is installed neatly. Good Luck
Other than this crappy OEM Ikon rubber bushing assembly, what else don't you like about the shocks? From what I gathered doing my homework, crappy bushing or not, they are night-and-day better than the POS factory Guzzi shocks on my V7II Stone. I've got a new set of Ikons waiting for springtime installation..
Other than this crappy OEM Ikon rubber bushing assembly, what else don't you like about the shocks? From what I gathered doing my homework, crappy bushing or not, they are night-and-day better than the POS factory Guzzi shocks on my V7II Stone. I've got a new set of Ikons waiting for springtime installation.
welshrob- is your bike a V7 version? What year? Just wondering. Sorry about the hassles.Steve.
The rubber bushes on my Konis squeezed out the side. I had the bushings replaced, and these squeezed out the sides too. How about ditching the rubber and using nylon?
My Ikon shocks came with large washer to trap the bushings in place to prevent that.
This is the answer, always fit shocks so they are trapped, is potential killer not to. OE ones in pic are safe, untrapped rubber bushes not.Fitting error not shock manufacture caused shock to jump ship
Where`s the facepalm smiley when you need one?Firstly, I know you mean well and thanks for the input but maybe if we could please, pretty please stick to providing the help I asked for rather than coming up with theories as to why I am wrong, then I wouldn`t have to keep going to the bike and taking pictures. Secondly, I DID NOT get any washers with my Ikons and no instructions telling me to use any. Here are the fitting instructions... http://www.ikonsuspension.com/fitting-adjustment/Thirdly, have a look at the left hand swing arm mount and tell me how you intend to fit the washers there?
Whoa. Seems like some knee-jerking in the latest posts here. Hagon and Ikon, pretty much the two most well regarded sub-$500 replacement shocks available. After that, you're up near $1000 for aftermarket shocks.Other than this crappy OEM Ikon rubber bushing assembly, what else don't you like about the shocks? From what I gathered doing my homework, crappy bushing or not, they are night-and-day better than the POS factory Guzzi shocks on my V7II Stone. I've got a new set of Ikons waiting for springtime installation.Seems the fix was posted by "tris". And I bet for pretty cheap, too. tris, can you direct us to the bushing you used? Supplier and model number? I may need that information myself sometime. Thanks. New bushings for decent, reasonably priced shocks seems a LOT cheaper than a $1000 set of shocks with perfect bushings.Steve.
What else? Have a look at the top mounts on the OEM Sachs, then have a look at the Ikons. The top bush in the Sachs is metal, because it butts up against a narrow shoulder on the mount. With the Ikons, the centre of the rubber bush butts up against this shoulder but not the rest of it. What this means is that the shock can move laterally on the mount and tear it, which is EXACTLY what happened to mine. The bush was still bolted to the mount, the shock eye had slid off the bush and was clonking around on the inside of the mount, which was extremely dangerous. I will take a pic later and post it, which will make more sense. What I like about the ikons, adjustable damping and progressive spring. What I don`t like, they don`t mount properly because they are not made specifically for the bike, only 4 pre load positions which are cam adjustable, poor bushes. What I like about the OEM Sachs, Fully adjustable pre load with fine adjustment from locking rings, mount firmly as they are designed for the bike, What I don`t like is that they have no damping adjustment and a constant rate spring.The Sachs OEM are a much better quality item than the Ikons, just more basic. As I have stated early, TEC shocks are half the price, I had them on my Bonneville and looking at them side by side with the Ikons I would say that all of the bits came out of the same factory in China.
Welshrob, I couldn't understand this as we have good reports of the Ikons from all over, and I want (eventually) to buy some for my bike. I want their business to be around and healthy when I want some of their products so I hope you don't mind but I alerted them to this thread.
.... because their shock has a 26mm eye, the oem Sachs has a 24mm eye, so IT. CANNOT. BE. DONE.
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