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Can anyone provide me with any knowledge on the Paioli shock absorbers that are on the TSX?

Triumph part number is 60-7644 however you cannot get a hold of these.

My shocks seem to be fine aside from the broken top shroud which with today's 3D printing shouldn't be hard for someone to make but these things are over 30 years old and im sure need to be rebuilt.

Are their parts i can pick up/steal off of newer shocks.

Is their another part number i can search for. What can i do to preserve these?
 

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http://www.paioli.com/eng/contatti.html

looks like they don't make rear shocks anymore but may be able to help with the original model number, that may have been used on other bikes?

depends on the complexity of the plastic shroud, but if it was simple, and unique to triumph ( see above) then many years ago i had a plunger cover turned by a guy from steel.
It was basically a tube that had been spun in on one end so that it was one diameter all the way up but smaller just at the top.

he did it by hand from a solid bar as he din't have anything near correct and I had it chromed.

you can now buy them easily but before the WWW it was hard.

at that point I earned next to nothing and don't remember being horrified at the cost.

just saying that metal might be easier and 3D printing may be more complex than a man in a shed
 

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There is one for sale on ebay over here in Europe!
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-Paiol...192d831&pid=100005&rk=4&rkt=6&sd=111575477375

My Harris Bonnie has Hagons on it and they work well. Depends how fussy you are about originality.
They only have one but i have messaged the owner before "Ninny" he has a TSX as well ill see if he has any information.

http://www.paioli.com/eng/contatti.html

looks like they don't make rear shocks anymore but may be able to help with the original model number, that may have been used on other bikes?

depends on the complexity of the plastic shroud, but if it was simple, and unique to triumph ( see above) then many years ago i had a plunger cover turned by a guy from steel.
It was basically a tube that had been spun in on one end so that it was one diameter all the way up but smaller just at the top.

he did it by hand from a solid bar as he din't have anything near correct and I had it chromed.

you can now buy them easily but before the WWW it was hard.

at that point I earned next to nothing and don't remember being horrified at the cost.

just saying that metal might be easier and 3D printing may be more complex than a man in a shed
Paioli was liquidated 12/31/2013 and i have already emailed almost every contact i could find from them in hopes of hearing something and still no reply.

I have also considerd getting the shroud made of of metal and having it powder coated or something but i have found a plastic plant locally if its going to cost a lot more for plastic over metal ill get the metal one but ide like to stay as close to original as possible.
 

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I would think if you have the dimensions or old shroud with you, you should be able to match it up at a swap meet or salvage yard.
 

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If you could take some pictures of both the shocks and shrouds, a paioli supplier might be able to help?
Even if they are out of business, they made suspension for loads of European bikes.

A guzzi dealer might be able to help- if they deal in older bikes.
In the uk guzibits get a lot of mentions.

Is the shroud a separate part in the catalogue? Or is it part of the shock?
 

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From as much research as i ahev done thus far the shrouds were only on the TSX model and not any others.

I actually have a rebuild thread that i posted both her and BBF that shows quite a few more images. I need to update that thread on this site with some images and such.

In all reality i could go without any shrouds but again im trying to keep the bike looking how it did when it left the meridian factory.

The shrouds are pretty easy to go about fixing but its the "Do i want to spend that much money to do it right" attitude.

I have searched the internet for everything paioli in both English and Italian with little to no success. Granted i have learned alot. I learned the Harris matchless G80 had a similar set of rear shocks that had a rebuild kit numbers 00009 but that part is also no longer available.

I have reached out to multiple vendors about all parts in question with the same reply "Nope sorry cant help and dont know who could" or "sorry we no longer carry that part".

Meridian4ever who also has a TSX is also doing some searching of his own and hopefully between then two of us and living in different countries we can possibly come up with something.

I do appreciate all of the help and if you do see anything then please toss that info my way ide appreciate it.
 

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you could try an email to Reg Allen

a very long shot might be email Harris, direct.
They don't deal with the public but might be able to tell you if they did use the same shocks, and the paioli stock number.

then find an italian bike specialist in 80's bikes.

I seriously doubt that there was a special shroud used just for Triumph TSX although nothing would surprise me
 

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There 2 sets of shocks for sale here with very similar looking shrouds
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Motorcycl...501965?hash=item2ef05388cd:g:JDcAAOSwR5dXS0q6
Now that was very helpful.

With some of that information it looks like the 1983 Honda CB750 has a shock shroud simular to the TSX.

I went to "The House of Honda" and found they are this part number.
52460-ME1-671

No i am not sure that's the same part since their are no images of the part other than those on bikes but it could be a a good shot in the dark.
 

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I would think you should be able to find something that replicates the shape of the original ones. I found an old pair of shocks in the garage with the same chamfered top, although I think the outer diam maybe larger. These are painted metal shrouds.
 

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It looks like the Guzzi California 2 had Paioli shocks fitted.
A shop in Holland is selling one. The Guzzi fitment is 330mm Not sure how that compares with the TSX?
The ad lists the Guzzi part number so a Google search should find you somewhere in the States where you could get some, or maybe some spares. Unfortunately, I don't think they had shrouds fitted.
Paioli were also fitted to the following models V50 mk3, Monza, V35 Custom, V65, V65SP, LeMans 3 and california 2

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Moto-Guzz...212503?hash=item21102b9557:g:hekAAOSwagdXRuQT
 

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It looks like the Guzzi California 2 had Paioli shocks fitted.
A shop in Holland is selling one. The Guzzi fitment is 330mm Not sure how that compares with the TSX?
The ad lists the Guzzi part number so a Google search should find you somewhere in the States where you could get some, or maybe some spares. Unfortunately, I don't think they had shrouds fitted.
Paioli were also fitted to the following models V50 mk3, Monza, V35 Custom, V65, V65SP, LeMans 3 and california 2

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Moto-Guzz...212503?hash=item21102b9557:g:hekAAOSwagdXRuQT
Thanks Don it does help having others look in other countries. Ill keep the search going as well.
 

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Nothing to do with your shocks problem, but I came across a TSX exhaust system for sale in Italy, if you happen to be needing one. He will post worldwide.
He also has mudguards etc - click on the see other items link.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/TRIUMPH-B...811965?hash=item2cade1b77d:g:I9IAAOSw9eVXUzth
Good looking out Don i appreciate that. Ill keep an eye on the auction i actually have a almost full set from the bike however they will need work.



As far as the shocks go i have found a supplier for the bushings just waiting on a PM before i order them in case someone else wants to get some as well.

Once they come in ill need to get a reducer for the inside because they are a 1/2" diameter and mine are 10mm diameter.

I am also waiting on a PM about the shrouds for the same reason but me personally i think ill have some made from aluminum or steel and have them powder coated black.

Aesthetically they will look exactly the same and only myself in the long run will know they are not correct but about as close as you can get. I plan on also having the shocks powder coated at the same time i do the shrouds then putting them back together and wrapping them up as the first real project done on the bike.

We found out some big news the other day so the bike might be put more and more onto the back burner but i still plan on working on little things here and there.
 

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I found the bushings all over its just finding the rubber encased ones in the correct size and style which was hard. But i did find some just need to make a small reducer to get rid of any slop between the bushing and bolt.

Big news??
We found out the other day we will be growing our family again.
 
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