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Wilbers Shocks on BMW R1200C

This is a partially complete page for the installation of Wilbers shocks on a BMW R1200C. 

I'll put more text on the page later, but I wanted to get the photos prepared first.

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The Run-N-Lites company is the official distributor in the USA for Wilbers suspension components.

I brought my bike to their shop near Englishtown NJ, where Klaus did the installation.

The installation was pretty straightforward, and all the new parts fit properly.

A few notes:

  • The machining, fit and finish on the new components appears to be first rate
  • The standard color for the springs is blue, but red is also available from Wilbers, and other colors can be arranged.  The blue in the photos varies a bit from picture to picture (the shocks photograph a bit turquoise).  However it's actually very rich blue, close to the blue in the BMW badge on the side of the gas tank. So it is a good combination on my black cruiser.
  • Klaus did a very conscientious job with the installation, paying attention to every detail.  Before ordering, he asked my weight, and how much luggage and passengers weighed.  He took "sag" measurements both before and after the installation.
  • The hydraulic compression damper for the rear shock sits upon a model specific bracket machined to attach at one of the rear fender mounting points.
  • There are A LOT of adjustments available, so it will take a while for me to tune in the suspension for one and two up riding.
    • Front shock has preload, and rebound damping adjustments
    • Rear shock has hydraulic preload, rebound damping, and both high and low speed compression damping adjustments.

More text will follow later... enjoy the photos.

Model numbers and some notes from Klaus are posted below the photos

Click on the small photos for larger views

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Original front shock
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Original rear shock 
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Determining a place to measure "sag"
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Side panels removed
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Parts as ordered
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Rear shock pieces
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Front shock pieces
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Attaching the cruiser specific fender bracket
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Comparing stock to Wilbers
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Checking overall length
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Installing the rear shock
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Shock and hydraulic preload adjuster installed
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Fitting the compression damper reservior
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Adjusting the angle of the high pressure hose for best fit
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Mounting the reservior
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Tightening the clamps
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Reservior installed
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Component mounts via a custome spacer bracket
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Parts removed for the installation
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Top nut of front shock
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Removed tank to give better access to shock removal
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Comparing stock with new shock
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Sleeve gets moved from stock to new shock
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When old shock was removed there was a puddle of oil... source not yet determined
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Finished installation photos
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Model options for the R1200C

  • Front: only one choice
    • Model 630-013-00
      • Shock has adjustable rebound damping (22 clicks) and infinite variable adjustment for spring pre-load (C-spanner or hook-wrench)
      • Choice of BLUE (standard) or RED color spring.
      • Retail price: $ 417.00
      • Shown in photos above
  • Rear:  two choices:
    • Model 640-013-00
      • Shock has adjustable rebound damping (22 clicks) and infinite variable adjustment for spring pre-load (C-spanner or hook-wrench)
      • Choice of BLUE (standard) or RED color spring.
      • Retail price: $ 417.00
      • Optional hydraulic pre-load adjuster # 625 @ $ 196.00 can be added.
    • Model 641-013-00
      • This model has adjustable rebound (22 clicks) as well as compression damping.
        The compression damping has two levels, High and Low speed (22 clicks each) and infinite variable adjustment for spring pre-load (C-spanner or hook-wrench)
      • Choice of BLUE (standard) or RED color spring.
      • Retail price: $ 627.00
      • Optional hydraulic pre-load adjuster # 625 @ $ 196.00 can be added.
      • Shown in photos above with hydraulic preload adjuster.
  • Ride height
    • Option # 629, the infinite variable ride height adjuster (+/- 1/2" seat height change) can be added to any shock model @ $ 66.00.

Other Notes

The R 1200 CL model bike has not been investigated by the WILBERS Factory yet in regards to which shock model can be used.

Each shock is built individually to the riders specification. They can be built to permanently lower the riding height in approx. steps of 1/2", 1" and 1 1/2" , at no additional cost.

With the order and selection of shock model and option, it is necessary to supply the "riding weight", as well as weight of possible passenger and luggage and perhaps tongue weight of trailer if so equipped, and riding style as to "touring", "aggressive sport riding" or "scraping pegs and dragging knees".

 

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