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hi, my /5 came with Koni's but not the original covers installed. I have covers but am not clear on how to remove the top eye to put the covers on. Or will this be clear when I remove the spring? I couldn't find a write up anywhere...

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I'm probably mistaken, but I

I'm probably mistaken, but I don't think /5s came stock with Konis. They were some other brand of shock...can't remember the name...maybe Boge? The Konis that I bought for my /7 aren't designed to use covers that I know of.

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you are correct - they didn't

you are correct Kurt, I should have said a previous owner had put the Koni's on my bike...I was just asking about HOW to take the top of the shock off of so I could put the covers on - for the stock look. I figured out how to take them off the originals (Boge's?), just wondering is it's similar with the Koni.

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I've never heard of anyone

I've never heard of anyone doing that to Konis. You can buy replacement shocks that look like the originals.

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I reluctantly sold my first

I reluctantly sold my first /5 15 years ago (just got this replacement this past summer!) and my old mechanic in San Francisco did replace them on Konis...so I am pretty sure it's possible, but maybe he had some trick...I'll do some more research. thanks Kurt.

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cool thank you. Great write

cool thank you. Great write up - they don't quite outline how to remove the top eye - I'll take a crack at it and I"m sure it'll be clear - it's pretty easy on the originals. Thanks Kurt.

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Koni Shrouds

I have Konis on both a /5 and a /6. Both are wearing stainless steel replica shrouds bought from Motorworks here in the UK. They fit over the top eye, and are installed by compressing the spring, and removing the retaining ring, dropping the shroud on top of the spring then refitting the retaining ring. The replica shrouds for the Konis are different to the ones made for the Boges - I believe the diameter of the hole at the top of the shroud is smaller for the Koni shrouds.

It sounds like you might be thinking of fitting the original, aluminium, shrouds as fitted to the Boge shocks. I may be totally wrong here, but I don't believe this can be done in the manner you suggest as the top eye is not removable in the Konis.

Here's a pic of the Konis fitted to my R75/5 with the SS shrouds.

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Ikon offers shrouded versions

Ikon offers shrouded versions of their Koni knock-offs for /5 bikes. I would assume that their shrouds would fit an actual Koni shock, but you might call one of the vendors (Ted Porter, or Tom Cutter, probably) to check. I don't know how the Ikon shrouds compare in their details with the original shrouds on a OE Boge shock from a /5 or /6.

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Thanks Dan and Konrad. I did

Thanks Dan and Konrad. I did see those Ikon shocks and shrouds - my Koni's are in great shape, so I think I'll do what Dan is describing, and I believe I only have to enlarge the opening in the shroud to fit over the top eye, over the spring and under the lock ring.

I will report back,

thanks Chuck

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Did it. I was able to

Did it. I was able to dismantle the shock using spring compressors, being very careful of course. Removed the top ring and pulled the spring off. As outlined in Zimmer article, was very clear, thanks Kurt.

1. I had to make the hole larger on my original covers to fit the top lock ring. I used a rotary file and grinding stone attached to my drill press, didn't take too long.

2. Compressed the bottom of the spring as far as it would go - the cover hides the top half of the spring so could only use small compressors on the lower half of the spring - it just compressed it enough - slipped the ring over the cover and that's it.

Thanks for input all. Chuck

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The Airhead Way

Looks great, good functionality, and you can't beat the price!

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