Updates on my Rear Shock Restoration Adventures:
The local Kawasaki dealership referred me to KFG Motorsports in Auburn, Wa. I called them and they said they would charge a base rate of 150 (or was it 160?) to service the shock separate from additional costs if parts need replacing. They also charge a shop rate cleaning fee for every 15 minutes of cleaning that might be required.. I watched plenty of shock restoration videos prior to this but wanted to consult a professional for the piece of mind.
First I soaked the rear shock in simple green solution for a day and attempted to scrub up the shock:
Drove down to KFG Motorsports and I gotta say, these guys are awesome!
Extremely helpful and provided plenty of suggestions for my build. They also explained to me that the shock I have is not conventionally serviceable due to it being welded here as shown in the photo:
and also because it does not have a separate chamber for nitrogen to be refilled up here:
After getting some sweet free KFG Motorsports Stickers, I went back to do some research.
So far what I can find is either going brand new with MOAB shock ($490):
or the reasonably but still way out of my budget new Hagon Shock at around $400:
or I go the route of the conventional KLR 650 shock replacement with minimal mods (one of many resources below)...
Or... I´ve been looking for the past week and only now have found a used KLR 250 shock on ebay but I might not have looked that hard..($220):
Did I miss anything here? Does anyone know of an additional route to go? Here´s my decision, that I´m sure no one else really cares about but I´m going to tell you anyways... I sadly at this point care a bit more about the aesthetics than the actual function of my shock. Maybe I say that because if I care about the function, I also have to not care about 400 bucks. I could buy the one on ebay for $220 but my current shock still works enough that I´m not sure what i´d gain from it without really knowing the condition of the one on ebay.
I´m considering sticking with my old shock but attempting to clean it up more, paint the top portion, and then remove the spring to have it powder coated (or buy new spring)? Does anyone agree with this plan?