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post #1 of 45 (permalink) Old 07-14-2019, 04:03 AM Thread Starter
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Shock that fell apart.

I recently traded my Harley Davidson Iron 883 for an older Bonnerville recently, I already own a Harley Davidson FLSB Sport glide and really had a bad itch to own another Triumph, so I done a deal with someone and now have a Triumph Bonnerville air cooled 790cc in Cobalt blue sitting next to the Harley.

Well on the way home from Lakeside Harley Davidson I noticed that the back end skidded out a couple of times!, so not being far from my home I decided to ride it the rest of the way and see what the problem was?.

When I got home, to my horror one of the after marker shocks had spat out the retaining cover and seal and had been pumping oil all over the rear wheel, chain guard and swing arm.

So that was that, the cover got thrown over the bike, ordered a set of Hagon shocks as I trust this brand and have bought some shocks in the past and never had any problems with them. I waited patiently and the Hagon's turned up and being the ass that I am instead of cutting the grass and doing some work out the front that I had promised the wife I would do,I went straight to the bike to fit them . I am lucky in that sense as the wife does not batter an eye lid, she used to ride motorcycles herself so shes know's.

I took the aftermarket shocks off and the dodgy one as expected feel apart. I fitted the shocks but one thing I did notice was that the lugs on one side is about 3mm shorter???? that between the swing arm and frame, now I looked for a reason why this would be the case, but there has been no damage to the bike at all, this bike looks like it has never been dropped or ridden in anything other than sunny days, I have had some mint bikes but this one is as clean as anything, the lugs look good and straight.

Has anyone had this????.

In the end I filed down the rubber grommets on the Hagon shocks, to make up for the 3 mm no big deal as they fit fine now.

Here's a picture of the Shock that fell apart, and no IT IS NOT AN OHLINS.

I would also be interested if anyone has owned this bike in the past, the original owner had WEB as part of this number plate due to his name, and being a Cobalt blue, it narrows it down quite a lot, the bike is a 2002 bike.
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post #2 of 45 (permalink) Old 07-14-2019, 05:21 AM
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Well, that chinese "öhlins" factory isnt doing the name any good
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Look to be TEC shocks, cheap Chinese knockoff things. Previous owner probably put the stickers on as a vanity thing.

https://www.tecbikepartsusa.com/Triu...cks_s/1826.htm

Wierd about the short tug. Is a lug short, or is the weld keeping the shock from seating all the way? It supposed to doesn't matter either way and effect is the same.
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Look to be TEC shocks, cheap Chinese knockoff things. Previous owner probably put the stickers on as a vanity thing.

https://www.tecbikepartsusa.com/Triu...cks_s/1826.htm

Wierd about the short tug. Is a lug short, or is the weld keeping the shock from seating all the way? It supposed to doesn't matter either way and effect is the same.
As pointed out they are not Ohlin's I spoke to Ohlin initially just to be sure, but I wasn't convinced they were Ohlins as they usually have a number stamped on top, so as you say stickers put on in vanity.

The lugs are not shorter, just the distance between lugs is, about 3mm enough to make you file the rubber retainers into an oval shape to allow fitting.

I spoke to where they come from and to honest they really wasn't bothered or seemed to care about it, to me this is a danger to life, so I wont be buying from them in the future. This is the shop the previous owner said that the owner before him had bought the shocks from https://www.tecbikeparts.com/

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Yeah, as I pointed out.

Don't know what you mean by the distance between the lugs, but of course when you install the second shock you're going to need to lift the bike to get it to fit. Can't imagine why you need to shave a bushing.
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Chinese quality at work.

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Yeah, as I pointed out.

Don't know what you mean by the distance between the lugs, but of course when you install the second shock you're going to need to lift the bike to get it to fit. Can't imagine why you need to shave a bushing.
Lugs as in the parts the each eyelet on the shocks go onto, the swing arm was dropped to its fullest extent, when I measured the distance, one of them was 3mm shorter from the middle of the lug on the frame to the lug on the swing arm.
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There is something I have never seen before. A fake Olins shock. I have seen knock-offs in every field but not to the point of having what look like perfect fake stickers on the item. I would have fallen for that to be a real Olins if it was shown to me.

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There is something I have never seen before. A fake Olins shock. I have seen knock-offs in every field but not to the point of having what look like perfect fake stickers on the item. I would have fallen for that to be a real Olins if it was shown to me.
Its not a fake Ohlin's shock its a previous owners putting stickers on them, I didn't remove the stickers as they were coming off, Ohlin's were great in helping me identify that they were not Ohlin's and seemed very concerned about them until we clarified they were NOT ohlins.

The easiest way is to check the top of the shocks as they will have a batch number on them.
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Ok - I guess I get it. Seems really strange for someone to do that?

From that one picture it sure looks like you got a clean bike!

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