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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-10-2017, 10:14 AM Thread Starter
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Shock Absorber Damper

According to my service manual, there should be some sort of cone-shaped rubber damper at the bottom of the shock absorber to keep metal-metal contact from happening when the bike bottoms out.

Unfortunately just like every other piece of rubber on my 800, the damper is completely disintegrated. Attached a picture of it for reference. There's barely anything left in there!

I cannot find this damper as a separate part online, and I do not want to replace a ~$500 part just for this piece. The shock itself is in great condition, just needs some cleaning.

Has anyone ever found this damper for sale somewhere, or perhaps even created one themselves?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-10-2017, 10:23 AM
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if you set the shock on the correct setting then you won't need a damper, forget about buying or making a new one, keep what you go, the chances of bottoming out on setting #7 would be rare, and even if you do bottom out, metal to metal will not harm anything

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Thanks for the input. I'll assume setting 7 is the setting I have it on... attached an image, please correct me if I'm wrong.

I would still like to replace the component, or create my own. I was simply trying to understand if there is a replacement part number for it, as I haven't been able to find one.
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The total bottoming out prevention is only the half of idea.The damper also prevents the accumulation of dirt there. It's good idea to have one. When I bought my bike, it was already gone. And it's not a classic rubber. Its some kind of hardened polystyrene. I took an old shock absorber ending from a car junkyard and cut out a correct diameter circle. Cut one side open and fitted it in it's place by simply gluing it back together. Just find some material that will stand the dirt and water and make some kind of cork. Adjust Your shock absorber to Your (and passenger) correct weight to prevent bottoming.
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It's part of the shock/spring unit and not sold separately. Used shocks in good condition are cheap on eBay.
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