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post #1 of 5 Old 07-16-2018, 09:23 AM Thread Starter
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KLR250: Crazy expensive rear shock?

Hello All:

Longtime owner of a 2001 KLR250 that I've had for years and put thousands of local miles on. I replaced a blown rear shock about five years ago after waiting for a cheap one to come across e-bay. Now the new-to-me shock has blown -it was used and looked a bit past its prime when I bought it, so not a total surprise. I now see new OEM rear shocks for the KLR250 are around $1,000 (WTF?!?!) and used KLR250 shocks are almost impossible to find. I'm aware of the KLR650 retro-fit but even those are around $200 for a used one. Can anyone advise if the KL250 (Super Sherpa, maybe?) uses the same rear shock as the KLR250? I'm looking for the best fix without dropping more than $200. This is not a bike that needs a $500-$1000 rear shock to run the post office.

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John
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post #2 of 5 Old 07-17-2018, 01:00 AM
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Completely agree with you. I just experienced this last week and posted about all of the extremely expensive options...I ended up being able to restore my shock and it still functions fine enough. I´ll be checking back here to see what you come up with.

From my ´1987 KLR 250 Beautiful Rust Bucket Restoration Build´



¨So far what I can find is either going brand new with MOAB shock ($490):

https://www.motocd.com/product/the-moab-shock-klr250/

or the reasonably but still way out of my budget new Hagon Shock at around $400:

https://www.hagon-shocks.co.uk/catal....aspx?TypeID=M

or I go the route of the conventional KLR 650 shock replacement with minimal mods (still not cheap)...

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):

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Kawasaki-KL...0AAOSwX8da350u


Did I miss anything here? Does anyone know of an additional route to go? ¨
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post #3 of 5 Old 07-17-2018, 09:39 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks, Wapahhsopitted. Sounds like you've got the same problem. I find it ridiculous to pay $400-$1,000 for a single shock for an old 250. I'd still like to find out if the rear shock for the KL250 would work because I see lots of them for sale for $20-$30 -which seems about right for an old Thumper being used to bomb around town running errands. How intensive was "rebuild" you mentioned? I saw a video about that but it looked like a major PITA.
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...still new to posting in this forum...probably can quote my post or link it but copy/paste worked for me..
sorry, it´s kinda long but this was what I found... (to sum it up: my shock couldn´t be serviced.. but it still works.. so I sanded it and powdercoated the spring with a large batch of other parts so it was maybe worth the cost?)


¨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:





KFG was 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):

https://www.motocd.com/product/the-moab-shock-klr250/

or the reasonably but still way out of my budget new Hagon Shock at around $400:

https://www.hagon-shocks.co.uk/catal....aspx?TypeID=M

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):

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Kawasaki-KL...0AAOSwX8da350u


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, and then remove the spring to have it powder coated (or buy new spring)? Does anyone agree with this plan?

Pre and Post photos of my ´restored´ shock:

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I can't see spending any time or money on the stock crappy shock myself. I realize that $490 isn't a small amount for many people but I'd pay that in a heartbeat before shelling out $220.00 on a used and equally crappy shock. I don't know much about Hagon shocks but I know and trust Cogent's excellent products so that's the way I'd go.


So I'd stick with a good stocker or buy a Cogent.

2 cents,

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