Hi There, just wondering has anyone put a purpose made shock in rear of Can Am Spyder Rt Ltd, 2012 in place of using air suspension, I have had a lot of trouble with suspension leaking, compressor failing , etc. I have come across a company in U.K. who manufacture shocks , If I taught this would solve the problem , I would fit one straight away. Just fed up with air suspension letting me down, Thank you in advance of any comments.
I have replaced all shocks with Wilbers custom shocks and retained the air bag. Keeping in mind I am using the OEM shocks from BRP/Fox as the baseline, but am very fussy about the way any vehicle I own handles, getting rid of the OEM shocks was one of the best upgrades I have made.
The Wilbers have adjustable spring pre-load and adjustable rebound dampening, and for 1 up, 2 up or towing a trailer, they have been excellent at tidying up the bikes behavior in those times where the RTL gets nervous mid corner. Prior to fitting them the rear shock would see it bottoming out on some of our roads here in Australia, but this has ceased, with the variable spring rate of the rear shock.
Last weekend was a bit of an epiphany for me. I'm 90 Kgs, and took a 110 kg mate for a 1700 km run. I was expecting the RTL to bottom out at some stage, and it didn't. Some of the roads were very ordinary and the rear took it in it's stride, which was impressive given we sat on speeds between 100-130 km/hr on the open highway.
With a better shock (which isn't hard to find compared to the OEM's) and doing away with the airbag may be an improvement, but I wonder if its worth it given it works well if the shock controlling its stride is doing a good job