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Thread: Wilbers or OE BMW ESA

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    Wilbers or OE BMW ESA

    Well my 1200 GS TC ESA units have gone phut and I have the option of either putting a set of Wilbers or new OE BMW ESA for approximately the same price.
    BMW ones have lasted 22K miles and 4 years and the wilbers ones have a 5 year warranty - but I have to travel down south to have them fitted - whats the recommendation from the board?

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    up north

    There has been some recent discussions about this very subject so do a search for more details.

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    Wilbers every time.
    Revs Racing in Halesowen great guys.
    You can service and rebuild Wilbers and they are built to suit, so they can be serviced indefinitely , also you can sell them on and will get about 60% of money back. No brainer!!!


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    All of the problems I have had with my GSA lc's ESA have been down to the electronics side of the suspension ie the bits that are transfered over onto the Wilbers units .

    If your original units electronics are working fine I would go for Wilbers .

    If I do it on mine I will first buy a couple of cheap s/hand BMW units , run them on the bike for a while to make sure the electronics are fine and then use them for the Wilbers conversion

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    Check out the new ESA Tractive dampers, these are fully compatible with your BMW ESA, plug & play units for both front & rear, and can either have the OEM EPA units refitted to them, or if they are faulty, Tractive's own EPA unit.
    We recently did a 2009 R1200GS with over 125,000 miles and did both front & rear with new EPA on the rear.
    These have 2 year warranty and can be fitted in our workshop, or remove rhe shocks and ship them to us for exchanging the dampers.
    Check our report in Vendors:


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    There are companies (can't remember name) that will rebuild your ESA shocks for around £200 each. If you are happy with them generally, this could be a good solution. Don't forget that Wilburs need servicing every 2 years. Not sure of Tractive servicing requirements.

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