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Vulcan 1700 voyager abs rear shock leak

I have read that the vaquero have that problem ,my 2017 voyager abs the right rear shock is leaking, does any body know how much oil is on the rear shocks? and what kind of oil does it use ,I have read on the forum different opinions some say atf oil, other say power steering oil, other say fork oil, does any body know for sure?
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Don't know about the oil but most dealers sell the voyager with 3 year warranty and it is transferable. Your local Kaw dealer can easily run the vin and have an instant answer on the remaining warranty.
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Using this page from Gadget's site... I completely rebuilt the shocks on my Nomad, and then on my Voyager. They're essentially the same design. OEM oil is 10W fork oil, most people try using a good quality (I used Belray) 15W, or even 20W, or a blend.

I should have saved all the time, effort, and money.

I eventually took them off, and had them replaced with a set of aftermarket Íhlins shocks. The improvement in the ride was huge. There are other aftermarket manufacturers, notably Progressive, or Works Performance.

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Yeap, I would check the warenty get it replaced for free. If not after shocks start leaking they should be replaced they are not like replaceing front fork seals. If your shorter like me now would be a good time to put on the 13 inch progressive shock so your feet are flat on the ground at a stop.


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Yeap, I would check the warenty get it replaced for free. If not after shocks start leaking they should be replaced they are not like replaceing front fork seals. If your shorter like me now would be a good time to put on the 13 inch progressive shock so your feet are flat on the ground at a stop.
Did you lower the front end as well?

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Hey, DraKhen99 I did. However my prior post is a little misleading. I still have the factory rear air shocks. I installed a lowering link kit I got off Ebay for $129. https://www.ebay.com/itm/The-Origina...8686%7Ciid%3A1 And the front I installed progressive drop in lowering kit also on Ebay for $129 https://www.ebay.com/itm/Progressive...QAAOSwjQhcnnXP

If I had to do it again I would have spent the $450 for the progressive rear shocks the rear lowering links I used require you to cut a couple of inches out of the saddle bag mount frame and re weld the the frame back together this is not required to do if you have a Vaquero just the Voyager


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Hey, DraKhen99 I did. However my prior post is a little misleading. I still have the factory rear air shocks. I installed a lowering link kit I got off Ebay for $129. https://www.ebay.com/itm/The-Origina...8686%7Ciid%3A1 And the front I installed progressive drop in lowering kit also on Ebay for $129 https://www.ebay.com/itm/Progressive...QAAOSwjQhcnnXP

If I had to do it again I would have spent the $450 for the progressive rear shocks the rear lowering links I used require you to cut a couple of inches out of the saddle bag mount frame and re weld the the frame back together this is not required to do if you have a Vaquero just the Voyager
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Not being able to flatfoot at stops is one of my biggest gripes with the Vaquero... but to be fair, there's only one stock touring bike I've sat on that I can flatfoot, and that's a HD Ultra Limited Low.

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