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post #1 of 16 Old 05-19-2017, 10:43 PM Thread Starter
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Just got my new Wilbers today

I just got my GT back after having front and rear Wilber shocks installed. I have 62,000 miles and have been dealing with bad shocks for a while. I think rear had been leaking for some time and ride has been pretty rough, to the point where I had to get used to standing up on the pegs as I would approach bumps, railroad tracks, etc. Dealer claimed once front shocks were removed there was also evidence of leakage, so I guess it was time. Driving the bike the 12 miles from dealer back to my residence did not give me much of a chance yet to evaluate the difference. Tomorrow will be the day. Forecast here in Vermont is for sunny with temps in the 50's to low 60's. I have not decided the route yet, but might head across the state over to the White Mountains in NH, Kancamagus Highway, etc. Between the rough frost heaves and plenty of curves, should be a good test. I really hope I see a difference since this was a pretty big investment. I'll let you know.

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Congrats. Looking forward to hearing your impressions from tomorrow...

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Mind if I ask how many hours labor they charged? I know the rear is not a small job to change. Did you retain ESA?

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Heard a lot of good above it the Wilbur swap. Waiting for the report.

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Mind if I ask how many hours labor they charged? I know the rear is not a small job to change. Did you retain ESA?

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I did retain ESA. The labor is kind of a mystery that I noticed on the repair order after I left the dealer. Labor description says actual labor 20 hours @$90 an hour - $1800. Then there is a discount listed of -10 hours ($900), so total labor charged is $900. Not sure what that is all about, they do have a new technician that maybe took longer than he should have? So they disassembled bike to remove front and rear shocks, made temporary shocks to fit in the bike while shocks were sent in to EPM Performance in NJ, shocks returned and reinstalled, they replaced spark plugs, filled with new coolant and bled system. Total cost - $2,509.00 including shipping and tax. New Wilbers 644 WESA were actually $628 for front and $628 for rear, $60.00 shipping.
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I did retain ESA. The labor is kind of a mystery that I noticed on the repair order after I left the dealer. Labor description says actual labor 20 hours @$90 an hour - $1800. Then there is a discount listed of -10 hours ($900), so total labor charged is $900. Not sure what that is all about, they do have a new technician that maybe took longer than he should have? So they disassembled bike to remove front and rear shocks, made temporary shocks to fit in the bike while shocks were sent in to EPM Performance in NJ, shocks returned and reinstalled, they replaced spark plugs, filled with new coolant and bled system. Total cost - $2,509.00 including shipping and tax. New Wilbers 644 WESA were actually $628 for front and $628 for rear, $60.00 shipping.
Great info and sound like a solid dealer too. Thanks.

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I replaced mine at 36,000 miles. Tested over familiar humps on local roads and it no longer wallows around like it did prior. Mine were not leaking.

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Dealer charged me $400.00 to remove front and rear stock shocks, ship them to the Beemer Shop (Beemer Shop removed ESA units from stocks shocks & installed them on Wilber's) then install the new shocks.

Huge improvement over stock, and rebuildable.
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Kevin, I paid the local Indy, George, $350 labor 4 years ago. Great improvement. Allowed me to put the center stand back on...

Rick, congrats, you're ready to go now! SLC will be here before you know it!

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What's most fun is how forum members note the significant difference in having new and better suspension.

Only in a single instance did the purchaser regret the Wilbur shocks. (A case where the purchaser desired a Cadillac ride.)

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