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Snapped shockers for the 2n'd time!

Discussion in 'Technical and Troubleshooting Torque' started by Thir13en, Oct 26, 2006.

  1. Hi All,

    I'm new to the forum so Hi. but I've also come with a question or two!

    Last year on a trip across to Western Australia on my 93 Harley softail I snapped a brand new pair of shockers, there was no huge bump just a slight dip in the road yet the shockers snapped, they both broke clean off at the exact same spot on the shaft.

    After contacting and returning said shockers to the manufacturer who were just as amazed as I at the snapping of there product replaced them with another brand new set, well here I am around 18 months later and while crossing Stkilda road tram lines (again no unusual big bumps)
    I feel the bike drop and hear the unmistakable sound of dragging metal, on inspection only one shocker had snapped this time, again in exactly the same place as the last two.

    After both times I have inspected my bike to ensure there was nothing wrong with the rear swingarm and mountings and all seems fine, I can find no marks on the shocks to indicate they have been struck with anything.

    First time this happened the shocker manufactures were quick to respond, this time however I'm still waiting on a reply, so I wont name the brand as yet to be fair to them and give them time for a reply (a week is plenty I think), but they are a well known and marketed as a leading brand in suspension.

    I do have a serious concern as to the safety of others using this brand of shocker, I've been lucky as they have snapped on straight roads but if they were to fail on any type of corner they would result in an unavoidable crash.

    before I solely blame the shocker I would like to ask a few questions here.

    My question are::

    Has anyone else had this type of problem or heard of someone that has?

    Does anyone have any idea what may be causing these shocks to break?
  2. 1st off welcome to the forums ( best your go over and introduce yourself properly though :wink: )


    Im not that up to date on Hogs But seing as this has happened twice now, I'd be taking it to a Harley Dealer and getting them to check to position of the shocker mounts ( not just a look but measuring them properly )

    It may be that during manufacture the mounts have been misaligned ( rare but it's possable ) and that is putting undue side forces on your shockers, and them being the weakest link are failing ?

  3. I'll get shit canned for this but if your having problems with a Harley
    try asking These Guys
    your more likely to get harley technical advice as thats what most of em ride
  4. I am no expert on harleys but even if they were faulty shocks the chances of 2 sets going are small,so there must be some alighnment problem or somethin to be causing this. And if thers not and they do replace them i wouldnt be putting them on, i would get what i could for them and but a different model and or brand.
  5. Guys! Thanks heaps for the replies and advise, please don't shit can helina but he's right! the other forum is better suited for my needs, and for that advise this forum has been excellent at assisting me. but thanks again and I'll be certainly dropping back in.

    Oh by the way their weeks up, the shocks were fournales Pan cruise type and cost around $1,400 bucks a set.
  6. Snapping fournales makes Le Frog cry.