Rear shock bellows..??


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velvetrider
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Rear shock bellows..??

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With left bag out, replaced brake line, I saw that my shocks Rubber bellow was cracked. I had fixed a previous crack. My tire tube patch is holding for now,,but ,, ? From the attached pic you can see what I mean. The other side is fine, (I treated it with pure Glycerin over 2 yrs ago.) Does anyone have a suggestion about how I can deal with this problem.??
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Re: Rear shock bellows..??

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Bite the bullet and put a new one on? If it's old and hard enough that it's cracking like that, you're going to be chasing breaks and cracks all over it from this point forward.
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Thanks for your input.
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I saw a thread on this site last week that mentioned you can get that rubber boot at oreilly auto parts. :D :D cheaper than oem
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Wingman,,That sounds hopeful. I tried to find the post you refer to. Being a dumb-cough, I was not able to find any reference to the post about boot replacement part from Orielly. Got any reference.?
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This is the boot that fits the 1500 which is the only one I have read about there being a replacement for.. ??? not sure if it will fit your bike. Monroe Shock-Mate Boot Kit SA1997. It has to be cut to length and zip tied on.
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Just found a great site,,Cyclepysco. Out of Eugene, Oregon.. Dave answered email right away.
"give me a day to find you a good one" Next day,,Sent pics of boot. Looked good. Now the kicker.
How much,? $12. w/ shipping. I am thrilled. cyclepsychodotcom@gmail.com
Tell Dave that Geoff sent ya.
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dingdong wrote:This is the boot that fits the 1500 which is the only one I have read about there being a replacement for.. ??? not sure if it will fit your bike. Monroe Shock-Mate Boot Kit SA1997. It has to be cut to length and zip tied on.
Here's the one I put on my 1500, 4 bucks, another cut to length then zip-tie.
velvetrider wrote:Just found a great site,,Cyclepysco. Out of Eugene, Oregon.. Dave answered email right away.
"give me a day to find you a good one" Next day,,Sent pics of boot. Looked good. Now the kicker.
How much,? $12. w/ shipping. I am thrilled.
Even it's not torn, that's still $17-$20 shipped for a 30 year old used piece of rubber. Honda still has them for $27
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yea. nice move on the shock boot ,,,12. including shipping. Now if I can just put it on without
destroying something else . Every new task has created at least 2 more. Currently I should be done by 01/01/16. lol
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Hello from France, Happy new year to everybody.
As I maintain my GL1100 I had to change the rear shock bellows...but the quality was poor and they crack after 2 years :?
On other hand my job is ... bellows maker and we produce bellows in leather. So I made a pair for test on my bike and it is much more better.






As you can see it is necessary to maintain it with a small plastic collar.
you can have a look to our website http://www.emilejanique.com
I propose to make a small serie for the members. Let me know if some are interested.


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