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1980 Bajaj Barnfind

Has anyone been able to service these shocks? It looks like sealed to me and I can't figure out how to possibly disassemble it. It functions I suppose - it compresses easier than extending so I don't know if service is urgent but this bike sitting for 15 years in a storage and the last few out in Chicago weather... I don't know.

Btw, searching the internet for any of the above Subject words produces weird results and I haven't been able to find anything useful.
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Unless you have some emotional attachment to it, I'd just buy a new one.

I was deeply disappointed to discover a thread about "servicing escorts" was just a shock absorber question, btw. Razz emoticon
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New, young and fresh might be the way to go indeed. Nobody likes old escorts even with little mileage on them.
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I used to roll around with an escort. I handed the rental company a stack of benjamins and bought her outright. I always drove her hard and put away wet. I purposely tried to kill her more than once. Took a lickin and kept on tickin. She was a survivor no doubt. I ended up selling to a friend of a friend for cheap.


...wait a second, are talkin about cars or woman of ill repute?
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Try searching the web with the above keywords lol, my wife looks over my shoulder, wtf man, nothing honey just searching on how to service my scooter suspension.

Jokes aside, you know I've kept my scoot as original as possible, even keeping it to 6v regardless all the headaches.

I don't think there's anything wrong with this damper. It's solid, sealed, no leaks, the rod moves in and out easily especially after some fiddling (s'ry couldn't resist). I think I expect too much from this scoot...

I've serviced dozens of mountain bikes suspension shocks and forks. I know what a good functioning dampening feels like. I mean, this whole setup doesn't make sense and correct me if I'm wrong, but when the front sinks in (like when going over a pothole) the spring compresses, the damper extends and then the opposite on the return.

What doesn't make sense is that the return of the damper happens faster/easier which if not for the spring it would result in a pogo effect. The other thing, the damper extends more than the spring can compress - something kind of useless imo... Unless my spring is weak and flat more than it's supposed to be.

Anyway, I can't service this damper but may end up repainting.
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I have heard that Escorts aren't very good shocks, or that they are made for low speed riding on rough roads.

I am hoping this is the case, because I have a set on my Stella, probably the originals from 2008. Bumps at higher speeds are awful. I can hear the engine surge when the back wheel goes over one, which suggests the rear wheel is losing contact with the pavement.

I'm replacing them with the red shocks that scooter Mercato sells.
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Ive been really happy with the Carbone front shock on my Stella. Pretty cheap and a good combination of firm + comfort.

https://www.sip-scootershop.com/en/product/shock-absorber-carbone-sport-front_71003000
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Its called toss it in the trash and buy something new and much better.
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Ahh, internet searches...
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