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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-04-2020, 05:25 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy REAR SHOCK LEAK...? Gen 2 2006, Help....Replace?

When on the sidestand redish fluid leak, dripped down onto the centerstand while its up.; about 40-50 drops..1-2 ozs. IS THIS the rear shock??? I assume there's fluid in it?....never have done any work with a rear shock so I'm in the dark on this. Gen 2, 23,800 miles, 2006 model. I'm 210 lbs, I Never ride 2 up, light travel.....
Assuming this is the problem...What is the easiest, quickest way to replace....Gen 3 shock replacement...?
is a gen 3 shock a direct exact fit replacement??? Can I get a gen3 shock quickly, easy?
Have'nt taken any covers off yet...i.e. right side cover...to look at....how to test ...?
Want to keep the bike for a long time...not into ohlins or special upgrade...stock replacement is fine...
Riding up to the Blue Ridge mountains in 1 month...want it fixed Now...!! time is of the essence...!
Informed responses appreciated... Easiest way to fix/replace is...? Can I simply install gen 3 stock rear shock??
How many hours to complete replacement...? How hard to do the work myself? all details, help appreciated guys....thanks....cant sleep thinking about it....doh

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-04-2020, 09:37 AM
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I can't say if that is your issue or not. The rear shock replacement is not hard, though.

I did it in about two hours, working slowly, but that was on an AE, with additional bits in the way to deal with. Unfortunately, the lock nuts for the preload adjuster cable at the top of the shock worked loose, and I had to remove the shock to readjust the cable stop (advice: peel back the rubber boot and snug down the locking nuts before installing). Having done it once, it only took me about 45 minutes to remove and replace.

The Gen III version is a direct replacement, so no worries there. I do ride 2-up, and it was a necessary upgrade for us.

Best of luck with the diagnosis and repair!

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thanks Versa, Cant imagine its anything else but the shock....nothing else in the area to leak redish fluid; though i have'nt had a full inspection completed yet...it simply has to be the shock...The seals are 14 yrs old and the bike has sat some from the previous owner...so.....
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don't be a nimrod; confound the globalists
1st bike 1964 Honda 305 Superhawk, used $415,2k mi.
2nd bike: 1969 Triumph Bonneville 650 used otd $780
only bike bought new 1974 Kawasaki Z1B 900 otd $2400
Ninja 1000s,Bandit 1200s,Vfrs inbetween...
sold last yr. 2010 Kawasaki Concourse 1400
current: 2006 FJR 1300 Blue , 23k mi. 5/20
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no idea what your leak is but here is a link to the shock https://www.partzilla.com/product/ya...add883317c2da0
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Thanks Fjroddy...ordered this part today...going to have a local shop install..the ole backs in bad shape...hey i can still ride!!!..Thanks again!!!!

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1st bike 1964 Honda 305 Superhawk, used $415,2k mi.
2nd bike: 1969 Triumph Bonneville 650 used otd $780
only bike bought new 1974 Kawasaki Z1B 900 otd $2400
Ninja 1000s,Bandit 1200s,Vfrs inbetween...
sold last yr. 2010 Kawasaki Concourse 1400
current: 2006 FJR 1300 Blue , 23k mi. 5/20
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Had me that red stuff once... check again, if it isn't oil, it's water vapour condensing and running out the drain hole in the muffler while you're warming it up..... location sounds about right.... look underneath the muffler where the mid-pipe joins........

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thanks Ray...interesting....but no...lots of windblown oily residue under the swingarm...
Checked it today...when going from soft to hard on the shock adjustment lever...No change, all the fluid has drained out of the shock.
low miles for the year, lots of sitting around, in the florida heat the seal has dried out etc....I can be agressive with my 210 lbs riding as the previous owner was not...So ordered the partzilla gen3 shock today.. I've got to have correct suspension as I'm riding (very fast) up to the mountains next month...lots of fast riding up there...so... Cant wait to be riding in the mountains again!!!...enjoy all your responses Ray...Thanks again

don't be a nimrod; confound the globalists
1st bike 1964 Honda 305 Superhawk, used $415,2k mi.
2nd bike: 1969 Triumph Bonneville 650 used otd $780
only bike bought new 1974 Kawasaki Z1B 900 otd $2400
Ninja 1000s,Bandit 1200s,Vfrs inbetween...
sold last yr. 2010 Kawasaki Concourse 1400
current: 2006 FJR 1300 Blue , 23k mi. 5/20
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quick update...had gen 3 shock installed...very nice ...bike is super stable and feels like it should,I have the front end dialed in too, so ready for the Blue Ridge mounts now...bike feels great...

don't be a nimrod; confound the globalists
1st bike 1964 Honda 305 Superhawk, used $415,2k mi.
2nd bike: 1969 Triumph Bonneville 650 used otd $780
only bike bought new 1974 Kawasaki Z1B 900 otd $2400
Ninja 1000s,Bandit 1200s,Vfrs inbetween...
sold last yr. 2010 Kawasaki Concourse 1400
current: 2006 FJR 1300 Blue , 23k mi. 5/20
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