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So made a 3.5 hour journey one way to a dealer to look at a leaking front shock today. Dealer says relatively easy to replace just an hour and a half. But cost of part for Front spring strut is over 1,700$.

Anyone had this problem? Riding a 2015 GSA.


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Unfortunately many of us have had the seals blow out of our shocks and if you have to pay for the repair out of pocket you may want to consider replacing them with an aftermarket shock, mine was covered under warranty but if I was in your shoes I would look at a set of Wilburs Wesa from Ted Porters Shop:
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Not to hijack the thread, but are you able to use your ESA with aftermarket units like the Wilburs? They look relatively reasonable (under 2k) for the set. Just curious.
 

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The Wilburs are ESA conversion shocks, you ship your old shock into the shop and they move the ESA components over to the new Wilburs, they also customize the shocks to your specifics and return them to you. It is a bargain if you ask me.
 

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I had a rear shock leak, and replaced it for a Wilbers and I am realy satisfied with it.
My old was a Showa and with my 2010 R1200GS I never noticed much different with the ESA
settings like comfort and normal.. but now I can feel the differents much more.

So my advise would be, go for a Wilbers, and I am sure you won't regret it.
 

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Thanks for the input. I will definitely check out Wilbur’s. was it an easy job to remove and reinstall shocks? Or more of and intermediate task?


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My front shock just started showing signs of leakage now...2017GSA Factory Lowered, about 24100 miles, in service for about 2 years to the day. Still under warranty, luckily. Me and my buddy only thought to check mine after he noticed leakage on his 2014GSA (standard height) today, too. What the heck?! Unfortunately for him, he is not under warranty. Going to the dealer first thing in the morning. I’m worried that being a factory lowered, the shock may not be in stock immediately. Fingers crossed and updates to follow. Thanks for all the previous advice above and other threads regarding ESA Shocks, Shock life, and Swapping out Factory shocks. Of course, if I go warranty route - I’m sure it’ll be OEM fitment.
 

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Sorry for the newbie question, but just how prevalent is this issue? Is it limited to certain models? Starting to look for a lowered GS and trying to get up to speed on possible issues to look out for. Thanks
 

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13000 miles on my 2015 GS/A and my front shock is leaking. I bought an extended warranty from my dealer. When I brought it in they said the front shock is not covered. The rear is however. :mad:
 

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extended warranties are a con job

13000 miles on my 2015 GS/A and my front shock is leaking. I bought an extended warranty from my dealer. When I brought it in they said the front shock is not covered. The rear is however. :mad:
You should also check what else isn't covered. The results will alarm you.
 

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i am still astounded

by the faults being reported on later models - from the first LCs onwards. I'm sorry, but shock failure on a 2, 3 or 4 year old bike is outrageous. Where are these components being manufactured?

These things just shouldn't happen in this day and age, and yes, here's the rider "ünder normal riding conditions".
 

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shock failure on a 2, 3 or 4 year old bike

I suggest you never replace your stock shocks with high end after market units, i.e. Ohlins, Penske, etc. They really need to be rebuilt every 20K miles or so. You might get as much at 30K miles but by the end of that period rebound and compression damping will be reduced to near nothing and the shocks will probably be leaking. Some rebuild every 12K miles.

Shock longevity is not about time, it's about miles. And higher end shocks tend to need rebuilding more frequently than typical EOM cheapies.
 

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2015 R1200 GS Adventure with 30K miles. Front shock collapsed while on a 3K trip. Rode home on what was basically a pogo stick. Got home only to find the shock was not covered by my "bumper to bumper" extended warranty. Previous post is correct in that it is $1700.00 for a OEM replacement - in stock. TouraTech wants $1300.00 and 6 weeks. Going with Wilber ~$700.00 and 3 weeks. My next bike will be a Honda!
 

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Just a data point: factory lowered 2016 R1200GS w/dynamic ESA and ~43,000kms / ~27,000 miles, no shock issues or leaks, but those 27,000 miles are almost exclusively on pavement and I am not an aggressive rider (typically posted speed limit + ~15kph kind of riding).

I'd say YMMV but, as someone who knows nothing about this stuff, shock issues after 1 - 3 years seems ridiculous to me, except maybe when doing a lot of heavy off-road stuff.

Edit: I did have a leaky left fork seal after about 20,000km / 12,500 miles. Fortunately the fork seals were replaced under warranty.
 

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2015 R1200 GS Adventure with 30K miles. Front shock collapsed while on a 3K trip. Rode home on what was basically a pogo stick. Got home only to find the shock was not covered by my "bumper to bumper" extended warranty. Previous post is correct in that it is $1700.00 for a OEM replacement - in stock. TouraTech wants $1300.00 and 6 weeks. Going with Wilber ~$700.00 and 3 weeks. My next bike will be a Honda!
In addition to my 2017 GSA. I also have a 06 1800 Goldwing since new. Replaced the worn out rear shock last winter after 200,000 LEAK free miles.
 
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