motorcycle shock rebuild

According to many mechanics, motorcycle shock rebuild is a process which riders do not have performed as often as they should.

Long periods of time often pass between overhauls, and this maintenance is sometimes never performed at all.

In this article we will take a deeper look at some important elements to take into consideration before carrying out an overhaul, and at what equipment is recommended.

Motorcycle shock rebuild: what you need to know beforehand

Overhauling a motorbike's suspension system is essential to keep the vehicle in good working order.

It is essential to perform this operation at regular intervals and not adapt your riding style to forks which are worn or no longer provide perfect performance: this can have a potentially serious impact not only on your safety, but also on the enjoyment of your ride.

The frequency that shocks should be rebuilt varies on the basis of the use of the bike:

  • For bikes used on the road, the shocks should be rebuilt every two or three years
  • With motorbikes for track use, on the other hand, it is recommended to carry out this procedure at the start of each season

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What happens during a motorcycle shock rebuild?

Overhauling of the fork can be summarised in the following steps:

  • Removal of the fork from the bike
  • Disassembling the fork into its component parts
  • Cleaning the individual parts
  • Replacing any worn components and changing the oil
  • Reassembly

Now let’s take a more detailed look at all the components of a fork

The components of a fork

The fork is a telescopic element composed of parts which slide inside each other.

We can identify two key parts:

  • The fork tubes - the part fixed to the bike
  • The sliders - the part which slides inside the tubes

The fork can also be divided into the following types of components

  • Hydraulic - the piston
  • Elastic - the spring and spacer

motorcycle shock rebuild

The fork, along with the shock absorbers, is a part of the motorbike which is as important as it is delicate, and for this reason it is somewhat risky to decide to embark on a DIY shock rebuild.

It is rather recommended to put your trust in an expert mechanic, both due to their technical expertise and the tools they have available to them in the workshop.

Equipment for a motorcycle shock rebuild

A thorough and successful shock rebuild requires your workshop to be equipped with the correct work tools and furniture.

First and foremost, it is essential to have a workbench dedicated to this type of procedure, composed of all the elements required to carry out an optimal job and which will ensure that the workstation and surrounding areas remain clean and tidy.

Indeed, one of the main problems that suspension technicians come up against every day is oil from the forks spreading around the workspace.

A suspension workstation should therefore look like the image here: 

motorcycle shock rebuild

The workstation shown in the image contains the following components:

  1. Stainless-steel worktop to facilitate work with fluids
  2. Drawer unit for storage of work tools
  3. Perforated panels for hanging tools
  4. Hooks for hanging sprays and cans
  5. Stainless-steel drip tray
  6. Perforated stainless-steel worktop to allow oil to drain
  7. Two-door cabinet for the oil container or to use for storage space
  8. Reduced depth central worktop to allow the mechanic to work close to the bench with greater ease
  9. Space for vice

It is important to bear in mind that suspension workshops are highly technical environments where great attention to detail is key.

Having your shocks rebuilt by an expert could be the best possible choice for your bike.

We have seen the characteristics of the forks and those of an ideal workstation for working on them.

If you are thinking about refreshing the suspension workstation in your workshop for  motorcycle shock rebuilds, KIRO could be the ideal partner to carry out the project with you.

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