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- - By Victor Date 29.11.19 17:55
Hi All, My C1 just failed it’s MOT as rear shocks are leaking. Can anyone advise me where to buy replacements? And is it a DIY bolt off, bolt on job? Or does it need special tools? Thanks in advance, Victor.
Parent - - By rockstedy Date 29.11.19 18:34
Replacing rear can be done with set of 13/17 sockets and torqued 41top/21Nm bottom within 20min if you as fast as me. Front is a different story but can be done within 2h if there no surprises. Best choice if you keep bike for yourself/value for money is YSS fully adjustable:
Parent - - By samak Date 30.06.20 14:22 Edited 30.06.20 14:25
HI rockstedy, just read your reply to Victor's query about rear shocks as I have the same issue. I tried to follow the link you posted but its dead and typing the url in leads to the German language C1 Forum... and at that point I'm lost!!!
I need just one shock but believe its better to replace as pairs. Its for a 2003 C1-125 Exec with ABS,
I've previously looked at YSS but there seem to be two different origins for them - there appears to be a manufacturing plant in the Far East (Thailand??) which produces budget level products and the Dutch(??) origin ones that are effectively made-to-order it seems - with the commensurate price tag!
What I'd like to know is the type & specifications of the YSS shocks you were talking about: do you have that info or can you point me to it, please?

Best regards

Parent - - By rockstedy Date 01.07.20 00:35
Unfortunately German shop I was referring to was closed at beginning of this year. Will
check what exact model of YSS I am having on my bike and let you know. Certainly you have to change pair at rear ( otherwise try to get used single original) . I am quite sure that soon you will go ahead with front noticing how bike handling improves with upgrade. Could you pm me your email so can easily send you some pictures.
Parent - - By samak Date 18.07.20 16:47
Hi rocksteady,
Many apologies for my silence - for some reason the normal email notification of a response didn’t get to me and I’ve just logged on for another problem and seen your message!
Did you determine what he YSS shocks were? I will pm my email shortly - would be fascinated to see your pics!
And not wholly clear what you’re saying about noticing the difference… are you suggesting all the shocks need changing?
In any case I won’t be riding for a while as have another problem which need to solve - bike cuts out when I sit on the seat!! Seem something to do with the wiring to the fuel pump - the loom on the r/h side of the engine bay - very frustrating!
Parent - By HelmetHair Date 21.07.20 10:14
i got your message Samak-i'll dig around this weekend and get back to you
Parent - By rockstedy Date 26.07.20 10:17
Pm+email send.
Parent - By HelmetHair Date 01.07.20 14:01
I think i have one used OEM spare for sale.
Parent - - By patc50 Date 29.11.19 19:06
You can get Hagon shocks in the UK.  There are mixed comments about them as some people have said that they begin to rust quickly ...... but they are cheaper than the YSS alternative. If you can afford it then YSS is the way to go.  Easy enough job.

Parent - - By Victor Date 29.11.19 20:33
Thankyou for both responses. I think I’ll go for the Hagon as more affordable and I hardly use the bike at all. Do I literally unbolt and bolt on? Or do I have to jack the weight of the bike up a bit? Any advice would be gratefully received
Parent - - By rockstedy Date 29.11.19 22:08
No need to jack bike for that. Please remember replace one at the time.
Parent - - By aware Date 30.11.19 06:32
Jack it up or lay it down on the floor ie like it has fallen on the side (carefully to not scratch the plastics).
Parent - - By HelmetHair Date 30.11.19 09:16
No need to jack up or lay down. Remove battery box for access. Do one side at a time.
Spanners and a socket set and job done.
Parent - - By patc50 Date 30.11.19 10:10
As mentioned above, no need to jack it up if you do one at a time. However, I do use a jack just to ease the weight off the shocks then the bolts are just a bit easier to remove.
Parent - - By aware Date 30.11.19 13:49
If you change brand eg Hagon then the length is different so unfortunately you need to jack it up.
Parent - - By HelmetHair Date 30.11.19 16:28
I didn’t jack up with hagons either.
Parent - By mcallaway Date 02.12.19 23:39
Just a thought and could be worth checking. I received a recall notice from BMW a while back to replace the shock absorbers on my donor C1, so might be worth checking with them if there is an outstanding recall on your bike.
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