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Wilbers Rear Shock anyone?

Anyone tried the Wilbers rear shock?

The stock one is okay-ish, I would prefer to feel less bumps in my lower back.

I don't want/need a harder suspension, more cornering performance so on. I don't race my C50, all I need is more/better dampening.

I adjusted the preload from the factory setting 4 to setting 2 - now the rear feels softer but it doesn't help with dampening, I still feel too much road bumps in my lower back.
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There are no off-the-shelf solutions for the C50. Companies like Wilbers will build you a custom shock for the bike. But the price is rather substantial, so most people don't pursue this as an option.

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Anyone tried the Wilbers rear shock?

The stock one is okay-ish, I would prefer to feel less bumps in my lower back.

I don't want/need a harder suspension, more cornering performance so on. I don't race my C50, all I need is more/better dampening.

I adjusted the preload from the factory setting 4 to setting 2 - now the rear feels softer but it doesn't help with dampening, I still feel too much road bumps in my lower back.


Wilbers are awesome and I love them, I do finally have a Wilbers rear shock on my BMW. For a C-50, it would be a great add but cost you almost a quarter the price of a new bike.


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Pricewise it isn't that bad...

Wilbers Ecoline 530 is around 420$
Wilbers 630 Road is available for around 500$

in Europe.

+ installation. I would say for an experienced mechanic it shouldn't take longer than an hour or 2 max. to replace the rear shock.
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Once you pay for the shock, tax and installation you're going to be close to $1000.... Like Mr E said, that's nearly 1/4 the value of the bike. Unless you REALLY intend to keep the bike for a LONG time, it just isn't worth the investment. When it comes time to resell the bike, the add-ons bring no value.

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Pricewise it isn't that bad...

Wilbers Ecoline 530 is around 420$
Wilbers 630 Road is available for around 500$

in Europe.

+ installation. I would say for an experienced mechanic it shouldn't take longer than an hour or 2 max. to replace the rear shock.
oops, din't see the location (I use an Ipad for forum browsing) Still, pretty pricey. But I don't know what a C-50 costs in europe, so maybe not. I would go with the cheaper one. Still, a 600 euro job at a minimum.

But they are very good, as good as Ohlins. Make sure to really tell them about you and your riding, they do tailor the shocks.


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I asked Wilbers about the difference, both are made to be in the same quality range. For 80$ more I'll get to adjust the rebound. That's it.

New price for the bike was 9850 US$, in those 9850 included is a 1100$ one time payment for air pollution.

Only makes sense if I keep the bike, the rear shock, Mustang seat or other addons will give me 0 value when selling it. Unless I sell them seperate.
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I asked Wilbers about the difference, both are made to be in the same quality range. For 80$ more I'll get to adjust the rebound. That's it.

New price for the bike was 9850 US$, in those 9850 included is a 1100$ one time payment for air pollution.

Only makes sense if I keep the bike, the rear shock, Mustang seat or other addons will give me 0 value when selling it. Unless I sell them seperate.


From having changed shocks on some bikes, I can tell you once you put Ohlins or a Wilbers on you better get 75000 more miles out, because its the only way you're getting your money's worth.

But those were expensive replacements. I put Ohlins on my GS/PD at 100,000 miles and ran the bike for another 100k. Also, if your shock is broken, its,a,good,switch.


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^true,
my bike is now 1 year old and has 1.050 miles on it. So it's either now or never.

In August I have to bring it in for service so I'll consider getting the rear shock replaced then. Depends on my wallet tough.
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^true,
my bike is now 1 year old and has 1.050 miles on it. So it's either now or never.

In August I have to bring it in for service so I'll consider getting the rear shock replaced then. Depends on my wallet tough.


I would consider wearing out the stock shock first. Might as well get your full service life in.


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