Sleeping beauty with restored rear shocks!


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Sleeping beauty with restored rear shocks!

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As you can see with the before and after, these shocks were in sad shape. After some good old naval jelly( not mine personally of course) , steel wool and chrome polish , they look factory new. I also replaced the boots , with an easy purchase from oreillys for a mere $4.99 each. Pretty frugal when it comes to spending!! Anyway, here are some pics of her progress revealing new rear tire and restored shocks.
Next up, new front tire , replace fork oil and new fork seals.
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Neglected shock before.
Neglected shock before.


$4.99 boot from oreillys auto parts .
$4.99 boot from oreillys auto parts .


Shocks on bike with new rear tire. Gas tank also snug with new liner.
Shocks on bike with new rear tire. Gas tank also snug with new liner.



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That shock is a beauty - too bad it's behind all the plastic.

What type of rear tire is that?
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Shinko. Good reviews and reasonably priced.
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Do you happen to remember or know the model # or part # for those boots?
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those are "Rancho universal shock boots" and can be gotten from either advance auto parts or o'reilly's auto parts stores for between $7-$8 dollars each in different colors other than black.

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Brian74 wrote:Do you happen to remember or know the model # or part # for those boots?
The pic shows the name and number. Rancho Shock Boot - Black RS1952
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Hi,I have question,when you installed the new shock boots,how did you attach them at the top on the wide part of the shock.
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I have seen them held in place with tie raps even on OEM shocks.
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walker70 wrote:Hi,I have question,when you installed the new shock boots,how did you attach them at the top on the wide part of the shock.
Black zip tie
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when you go to your local parts store, ask for "heavy duty cable ties" in black, white or clear.

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I would like to know if anyone here has ever replaced the oil in the rear shocks and if so what weight and viscosity,just asking. :)
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i replaced my rear shock fluid with ATF.

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Thanks for the info,how much did you need to use.
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walker70 wrote:Thanks for the info,how much did you need to use.
Gary.

12.50 OZ of ATF. follow this link to this video, it will show and tell you how to refill your rear shocks...............



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Just thought I would show how great my rear shocks look now,




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