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Cali Custom rear shock hose leaking

Discussion in 'Cal 1400 8V' started by RainyRider, Nov 28, 2018.

  1. RainyRider

    RainyRider Just got it firing!

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    hello Guzzi folks - I just got my tires replaced at a reputable shop and on my way home I noticed intermittent puffs of smoke on the rear left side. When parked, I saw that fluid was slowly dripping from the rear shock mesh hose onto the exhaust. The leak seems to be near the top and running down the hose. Has anyone else seen this, or should I suspect damage from the shop that changed the tires? What’s involved in a rear tire change that could risk damaging this hose. I’m a bit of a newbie, be gentle. Thanks!
     
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    GTM® Administrator Staff Member GT di Razza Pura

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    The left side shock and reservoir must be removed (and swung out of the way) to get the rear wheel off. Would be tough to damage it, but certainly possible. The fact that it wasn't leaking when you rode in, and now is means they damaged it somehow. The line can be replaced, but it would need to be re-oiled and pressurized by a suspension specialist. Let them know, and if they are a reputable shop, they should take care of you.
     
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    RainyRider Just got it firing!

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    Thanks! I emailed them. We'll see.
     
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    mrvman Just got it firing!

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    Yeah, the same thing happened to me - I just recently dropped the rear tire for inspection of the axle bolt lubrication, etc.
    After the tire was back on and I was putting the mufflers back on I noticed the drops of fluid dripping from the line as well.

    So, who has actually had a suspension service repair their shock? What's the average cost of having that done?

    Also, can the metal-braided line with banjo fittings between the reservoir tank and shock be obtained by itself?

    The more information I can get the better, I think, especially since pretty much all Moto Guzzi dealers are gone here in the Dallas, TX area, I'm going to need to have resources to get parts, etc, so I can do these repairs myself.

    Side topic:
    I found alternative shocks at Ikon Shocks USA with price ranges of $280 to $640 a pair.
    These are not the same pressure reservoir types as the OEM shocks, but for the price I imagine they can serve the purpose if budget prohibits the $800 price tag on a new set of shocks.
     
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    RainyRider Just got it firing!

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    Well, It is still leaking. After I took it back to the shop last summer for shock repair/recharge I didn't do a ton of riding. I just noticed a couple weeks ago, on the one ride-able day in a couple months, that it is still leaking from somewhere near the top of the hose or at the banjo bolt. I'll need to test again to really check where it's leaking from. Anyone else have this issue - maybe a bad hose or hidden crack somewhere? Maybe I bite the bullet and get the GTM simple shocks? Advice appreciated.
     
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    Robert Gibson High Miler GT Contributor

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    For me, bite the bullet and get the GTM shocks. Not only will you solve the problem you will have a suspension upgrade.
     
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    Rickhinnz Tuned and Synch'ed GT Contributor

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    The OEM shocks are rubbish. I agree buy the GTM . It made a noticeable difference and the price was right even in NZ$. Or if you can afford it up spec.
     
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    James Chance Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    "The more information I can get the better, I think, especially since pretty much all Moto Guzzi dealers are gone here in the Dallas, TX area, I'm going to need to have resources to get parts, etc, so I can do these repairs myself."

    AF1 Racing in Austin is absolutely our friend. I'm a bit to the South of you, in Johnson County (Cleburne)... Usually shipped the next day in my experience, and if shipped by USPS Priority Mail, I'll get it the next day too. Do NOT be afraid to deal with them... ;-)

    Jim
     

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