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Molto Verboso
79 P200e, 81 100 Sport
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Wed Mar 11, 2009 7:30 am quote
Still trying to decide which shocks to get / how much to spend.

Does anyone know where Fournales shocks for a P2 can be purchased? Are they more expensive than Bitubos?

Thanks JW
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Wed Mar 11, 2009 7:56 am quote
SIP and oh yea they are big bucks!
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Wed Mar 11, 2009 9:46 am quote
Once you install new shocks, do you see yourself tweaking them or do you see yourself leaving them alone. Bitubo's and others are adjustable, but, if you don't plan to use the feature, I'd recommend not paying for it. SIP sells some sport shocks which look like an improvement over stock without dropping a load of cash.
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1962 GS160mk1, 1963 GS160mk2, 1965 SS180, 1974 Rally 200, wife's LI150
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Wed Mar 11, 2009 9:50 am quote
ah... Fournales ...

*must ....not ....FAP*




Paoli are good too, if you can still get them. They're the next step up from Bitubo.
Ossessionato
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Wed Mar 11, 2009 9:56 am quote
Rover Eric wrote:
ah... Fournales ...

*must ....not ....FAP*



That's a good way to ruin you shock....um....
Molto Verboso
79 P200e, 81 100 Sport
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Wed Mar 11, 2009 10:14 am quote
Rover Eric wrote:
ah... Fournales ...

*must ....not ....FAP*
No kidding! They're pricey but dead sexy...
Molto Verboso
79 P200e, 81 100 Sport
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Location: Iowa
Wed Mar 11, 2009 10:15 am quote
radare wrote:
Once you install new shocks, do you see yourself tweaking them or do you see yourself leaving them alone. Bitubo's and others are adjustable, but, if you don't plan to use the feature, I'd recommend not paying for it. SIP sells some sport shocks which look like an improvement over stock without dropping a load of cash.
I've been doing a lot of things lately that I never would have seen myself doing. Like rebuilding an engine.
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Wed Mar 11, 2009 10:23 am quote
Jeremy W wrote:
I've been doing a lot of things lately that I never would have seen myself doing. Like rebuilding an engine.
Good for you, Jeremy!
Molto Verboso
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Wed Mar 11, 2009 11:14 am quote
I've got the Sebac on the rear and they seem good
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Wed Mar 11, 2009 11:53 am quote
you'd be really surprised what a fresh set of stock replacements will do for a ride.

i mean, think about it. if you're rolling some 25~30yr old stockers theys gonna be wore the fuck out.

i like the stock stuff most of the time.

that being said, the sebacs are a inexpensive decent upgrade as are the primas. up from there the bitubo is nice because of the adjustability but they are FIRM-- even on the lowest setting. the paoli and fornuales are reallly reallllly realllly nice if you've got the coin to splash.

if you wanna leave a little cash for hookers and blow, try the gabriels. they're basically a super tough stock replacement with a very reasonable price tag.

oh, and if you don't really use your front brake... then it doesn't matter what kind of bling'd out shock you've got on there.

best,
-greasy
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T5s
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Wed Mar 11, 2009 12:03 pm quote
cipote wrote:
I've got the Sebac on the rear and they seem good
Try find an original sebac now they shut up shop about 3yrs ago. There is a copy out there now but wouldn't touch one. Ive now got a LML rear its full length so no need to put an extension bolt on, unless you use a clausse bush then you need to cut a bolt down. I still have a sebac on the front but it needs renewing.
If you just love the looks pay up but if you dont care what they look like I'd recomend a LML I can now knee down without a care
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Wed Mar 11, 2009 12:41 pm quote


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Molto Verboso
79 P200e, 81 100 Sport
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Location: Iowa
Fri Mar 13, 2009 9:41 am quote
Just ordered a set of OEM stock replacements from ASC.

Thanks for the advice folks...
Hooked
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Fri Mar 13, 2009 9:52 am quote
I replaced the shocks with oem on my 1980 - man what a difference, you will be pleasantly surprised.
Hooked
Granturismo 125L + GTS 125
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Sat Mar 14, 2009 2:05 am quote
IMO, Bitubo makes the best shocks abs.
I've installed, on a GT 125, these, the first ride was fabulous, it definitely worth!!

The behavior of the ride really change
Hooked
81 - P200E
Joined: 07 Jan 2009
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Location: St Louis
Thu Apr 30, 2009 5:07 am quote
Jeremy W wrote:
Just ordered a set of OEM stock replacements from ASC.

Thanks for the advice folks...
Hey Jeremy,

I have a couple of questions:

Have you installed the OEM Shocks on your P200 yet?
If so, how do they feel?
Front and back?
Were they bitch to get installed?

J
Hooked
81 - P200E
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Thu Apr 30, 2009 5:10 am quote
pqm wrote:
IMO, Bitubo makes the best shocks abs.
I've installed, on a GT 125, these, the first ride was fabulous, it definitely worth!!

The behavior of the ride really change
Hey PQM,

Gratz on your 100th post. I'll get mine in 2 more posts!
Molto Verboso
79 P200e, 81 100 Sport
Joined: 23 Sep 2006
Posts: 1443
Location: Iowa
Thu Apr 30, 2009 5:31 am quote
oldstlraver wrote:
Have you installed the OEM Shocks on your P200 yet?
Not yet, still doing body work. The engine has been completely rebuilt though!
nothing at all
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Location: Venice
Thu Apr 30, 2009 5:43 am quote
nice jeremy,

i love a fresh stock shock.

the primer bike has em and the ride is like a pillow,but a firm pillow.

the kitted bike i went with a fake sebac front and the blue prima rear and the bike is much much stiffer (no dive in the front)

the issue i have with the performance shocks are the look.

the sebac nock off is red and white(stupid)
T5 says he would'nt touch em,there fine for a performance upgrade without haveing to adjust em

the prima is blue and black(not to bad)
i have it on the lowest setting and it's still on the stiff side.

they are really easy to install as are the oem's

JUST REMEMBER,we are talking shocks,they wear out

it was said to me by a club mate that he replaces his after a year or so and only does stock and sebac knock off.

and he used to spend hundreds on shocks(and this mother f--ker can ride
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