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Offline Culla

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Shock Tube
« on: October 14, 2018, 07:06:29 PM »
Wondered whether anyone has one of these or has fitted one of the R&G tubes.
Was recommended to get one while the bike is new.
Any pros or cons?

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Online Will Morgan

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Re: Shock Tube
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2018, 07:44:03 PM »
I had a R&G shock tube on another of my bikes. It did keep the crap off but it could trap damp inside (washing and/or rain and/or condensation) so I took it off to check every so often & always liberally coated shock with ACF50 to prevent corrosion. I don't use one on my ST3 'coz I don't ride it in crappy weather conditions so cleaning isn't a big chore.

There is a common theory they don't allow adequate ventilation & the shock can overheat, but I never had any problem like that. Those tubes are used in off-road competition where they get far more punishment than on the road so would get hotter & show up any overheating issue more than on-road.

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Re: Shock Tube
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2018, 08:25:44 PM »
I wouldn't bother, as said above, it will trap damp inside.....just wash and clean the bike and give it some ACF50 or similar from time to time  :031:
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Re: Shock Tube
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2018, 07:48:59 AM »
I had them on both my Streets. If they are properly fitted they are good. Make sure everything they cover is spotless before fitting. Both had been on for 3 years before removal and both shocks looked to be in perfect condition. Makes cleaning easier, too  :002: I wish I'd bothered to get one on my current shock. Thought I'd save a few quid but I'd forgotten what a faff it is to clean the spring properly. I ride all year round and  often down farm tracks and through mud. One day I might do something about it. Christmas list perhaps.

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Re: Shock Tube
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2018, 07:27:53 PM »
Perhaps use your Christmas stocking after you've scoffed all the chocolate Miss Bee  :007:
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Re: Shock Tube
« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2018, 07:13:42 AM »
If I eat enough chocolate I'll soon need a new spring and then I can fit a sock, while it's all new and shiny. Great idea!  :001:

 


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