Should I be worried? rear-shocks
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2016 Mp3 500ie Sport
Joined: 28 Jul 2019
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Location: California
Sun Mar 08, 2020 9:03 pm quote
Hello Modern Vespa
I was inspecting my bike and noticed that the rubber rings at the top of the rear tire shock absorber spring are split. I don't know how long these have been this way but and it doesn't appear to be hurting how the bike rides or handles.

Does anyone know what these are called or the part-number if I want to replace them? My keyword search internet kung-fu is failing me.

The bike has been kept up on maintenance with its most recent being last September 2019. They changed the rear-tire then and didn't say anything about the shocks or other systems on the bike needing repair.

It looks relatively harmless as these are just simple rubber rings and don't appear to be structural.

Thanks

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Hooked
2008 fuoco
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Mon Mar 09, 2020 3:02 am quote
They all do that not a problem. What you should be worried about is the alloy spring adjusters at the bottom of the springs as they crack. Remove the shocks and check for cracks DO IT NOW.
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2016 MP3/500 Sport ABS, 2009 MP3/250, 2012 GTS Super 300ie
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Location: Marietta, GA
Mon Mar 09, 2020 10:35 am quote
If you look at ebay, all the ones posted are cracked.

I think I have a few sets laying around that came off of brand new bikes; I always change to shorter ones to lower the bike.
PM me and let me know how much you are willing to pay including shipping.

Keith,
Marietta, GA
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2008 MP3 500
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Thu Jun 18, 2020 4:03 am quote
Re: Should I be worried? rear-shocks
pinheadh78 wrote:
Hello Modern Vespa
I was inspecting my bike and noticed that the rubber rings at the top of the rear tire shock absorber spring are split. I don't know how long these have been this way but and it doesn't appear to be hurting how the bike rides or handles.

Does anyone know what these are called or the part-number if I want to replace them? My keyword search internet kung-fu is failing me.

The bike has been kept up on maintenance with its most recent being last September 2019. They changed the rear-tire then and didn't say anything about the shocks or other systems on the bike needing repair.

It looks relatively harmless as these are just simple rubber rings and don't appear to be structural.

Thanks
Thank you for posting this! My internet kung-fu led me to your post, as the rubber bushings(?) on my 2008 are also horribly cracked and ugly. I'm guessing just cosmetic, maybe did a tiny bit of dampering, but not much. And I'm also going to check the alloy adjusters!
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2008 MP3 500, 2013 BV350, 2020 Vespa Sei Giorni
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Thu Jun 18, 2020 7:05 am quote
Bushing that are cracked need to be attended too. At that point it's most likely time to buy shocks anyways, so get some good aftermarket ones.
Hooked
2015 MP3 500 ie Business
Joined: 29 Oct 2019
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Location: Belgium
Thu Jun 18, 2020 7:30 am quote
Bitubo (Piaggio accessory) shocks for the win. Transforms the ride and handling, night and day difference.

https://www.easyparts.nl/Rear-Shock-Absorber-(pair)-BITUBO-MP3-p33537134
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2009 MP3 400
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Location: Sayre, PA
Thu Jun 18, 2020 8:29 am quote
At a cost of nearly $700 they had better make a night a day difference!
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Thu Jun 18, 2020 8:30 am quote
You can find them in the $350 range.
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Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Thu Jun 18, 2020 9:22 am quote
Mine have been cracked like that for at least five years.

Ride it.
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