Split in Right Rear Shock Absorber


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Split in Right Rear Shock Absorber

Postby guitarzan » Fri Dec 25, 2015 6:03 pm



Hello,
I have a 1994 Goldwing SE 1500 and in the process of lubing the final drive I found that there is a split in the rubber boot that covers the lower shock. My question is this. Can I repair the split in the rubber boot or replace just the rubber boot, or do I have to purchase a new shock absorber? If I have to replace the right rear shock should I replace both the right and left rear shock as a pair?

I've included a picture of the split. Thank you so much for your help.
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Re: Split in Right Rear Shock Absorber

Postby Mh434 » Fri Dec 25, 2015 6:15 pm

As it's just a dust cover, personally, I'd just repair it as long as the shock's still working. Those shocks are very, very expensive!

As for the repair itself, I'd probably try painting over the spit with a few applications of PlastiDip. Once it's cured, and there are a few layers, it's tough stuff, and should stand up to years of use.

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Re: Split in Right Rear Shock Absorber

Postby ct1500 » Fri Dec 25, 2015 7:10 pm

Honda part #52611-MN5-003 is for the boot and fits all years 1500.
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Re: Split in Right Rear Shock Absorber

Postby NVSB4 » Fri Dec 25, 2015 7:26 pm

Cyclemax has them here for $39 if you just want to replace.
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Re: Split in Right Rear Shock Absorber

Postby spiralout » Fri Dec 25, 2015 8:18 pm

4 bucks for a universal at O'reilly's http://www.oreillyauto.com/site/c/detai ... p?pt=N0960

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Re: Split in Right Rear Shock Absorber

Postby Bluewaterhooker0 » Fri Dec 25, 2015 10:31 pm

I wouldn't bother repairing. I replaced mine with a universal Monroe SA1997 boot, that fit great with minor length modification. Tie-Wrap the top and bottom for security, and you're good to go. That is the part generally recommended for this repair, and how I became aware of it. If your old boot is failing at one of the pleats, another failure is soon to follow. Replace it, and forget about it for many years. Mine was in 3 pieces when I found it was bad. I dumped and replaced the old shock oil while apart, and that cured a slight squeak that I had been experiencing for a while. It's an easy replacement once you're in that far. The Monroe is usually very available locally, so no waiting for parts. Oh, and it's very inexpensive. Less than $10 as I recall.

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Re: Split in Right Rear Shock Absorber

Postby joeincalif » Sat Dec 26, 2015 10:34 am

4 bucks for a universal at O'reilly's

Subtotal $4.99

Est. Shipping $11.25

Est. Tax $0.40
update

Est. Total $16.64

$16.64 for a $5.00 item, guess I will have to find a store close to me and pick it up there if they have it in stock. Since the one on my 97 is also cracked
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Re: Split in Right Rear Shock Absorber

Postby spiralout » Sat Dec 26, 2015 3:08 pm

joeincalif wrote:4 bucks for a universal at O'reilly's

Subtotal $4.99

Est. Shipping $11.25

Est. Tax $0.40
update

Est. Total $16.64

$16.64 for a $5.00 item, guess I will have to find a store close to me and pick it up there if they have it in stock. Since the one on my 97 is also cracked

Sounds like a plan to me. Down here O'Reilly's are everywhere; I'd never think about ordering something from them online. They're the kind of place that you go to when you want it now.

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Re: Split in Right Rear Shock Absorber

Postby joeincalif » Sat Dec 26, 2015 5:08 pm

I went on their website and there is one not to far, guess that's a good excuse to go for a ride!! :D
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Re: Split in Right Rear Shock Absorber

Postby guitarzan » Sat Dec 26, 2015 11:42 pm

Thank you all for your input and advice. Its nice that you take time out of your day and help out a guy with a question. Have a Happy New Year and please stay safe and enjoy life. We don't know how many hours of life we have in the hour glass of life. Live, love and laugh as much as you can.

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Re: Split in Right Rear Shock Absorber

Postby iridenxs » Fri Jan 01, 2016 11:02 am

Monroe shock-mate boot kit, part# sa1997. $6.50 from advance auto parts. Took care of mine perfectly,,, it's been on there several years and still working great




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