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Is your shock (Non S) being affected from the exhaust heat?

  • Yes

    Votes: 7 19.4%
  • No

    Votes: 3 8.3%
  • No, I have the S model.

    Votes: 19 52.8%
  • Not voting, but I am interested in the results!

    Votes: 7 19.4%
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If you have a Non S model please check your shock and let us know if you see the bumper or any of the other shock components meliting.
 

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Can you add a third option to the poll, something like "not voting." If you don't vote in the poll you can't see the values.
 

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After reading this I had a look at mine. I have some bubbling, will have to report it to my dealer so that they can register it with Ducati.
 

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Clearly Ducati needs to address this. So far 6 out of 8 Non S models on here have a problem. Thats %75!!!!
 

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i made sure that i set correct preload at the delivery, maybe that makes a difference because ohlins most likely a little bit stiffer preload settings,i just don,t see the difference in rear shock except the preload, but its definitely close to the rear exhaust pipe
 

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I clearly think it is only a plastic quality difference....
 

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They say a picture/s is worth a thousand words .......





From another manufacturer's web page, discussing a secondary benefit of their rear shock placement "Another benefit is that the shock unit is placed far away from exhaust heat. Because it is more difficult for heat from the exhaust system to adversely affect suspension oil and gas pressure, suspension performance is more stable".

The melting shock bumper on the base model isn't the problem, it is just a symptom of the problem.
 

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Unfortunately I need to change my "No" vote to a "Yes." I rode my SS a good bit today in 85 degree F ambient temperature and in a good bit of stop and go traffic. During a break in the ride, I took the below pics. However, I'm relatively certain the damage shown had been done before today.

Interestingly, while taking these pics, I noticed a dent in my exhaust pipe. Is that something on all the bikes or is it a special "feature" on mine?

I will be contacting the dealer tomorrow. Obviously, Ducati will have some warranty work to do on the base models at least. Unfortunate.
 

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Why Ducati should have to do warrenty work? The shock works great and the yellow platic thing is just a bumpstop. Works the same if it is affected by the heat or not. For me not a problem at all. All that counts is that the Sachs is working fine, afther trying the s bike I think the Sachs is no less than the Ohlins!
 

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Why Ducati should have to do warrenty work? The shock works great and the yellow platic thing is just a bumpstop. Works the same if it is affected by the heat or not. For me not a problem at all. All that counts is that the Sachs is working fine, afther trying the s bike I think the Sachs is no less than the Ohlins!
It's clearly hot enough to deform the plastic bumpstop. If he compresses the rear shock to the bumpstop it will just deform and allow the suspension to over-compress, rather than stopping the motion as it is designed to do. This extended range of motion may lead to damage to the shock internally, the chain, or other components of the rear suspension.

Also - yes, all the bikes have that "dent" in the rear exhaust manifold.
 

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It's clearly hot enough to deform the plastic bumpstop. If he compresses the rear shock to the bumpstop it will just deform and allow the suspension to over-compress, rather than stopping the motion as it is designed to do. This extended range of motion may lead to damage to the shock internally, the chain, or other components of the rear suspension.

Also - yes, all the bikes have that "dent" in the rear exhaust manifold.
I don't think the stop will over deform so much that the suspension will fail. Personally I think with a good set up it will never touch the stop at all, and wenn than it stil will do the job. If, what you suggest it ruins the shock, you have warrenty!
 

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I had my servey from Ducati, in the last section when you can write your comments, I mentioned the bump stop melting and told them it's not uncommon according to the forums. I also mentioned the mirrors being blurred at over 3500rpm.
Don't know if it will do any good.......
 

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I don't think the stop will over deform so much that the suspension will fail. Personally I think with a good set up it will never touch the stop at all, and wenn than it stil will do the job. If, what you suggest it ruins the shock, you have warrenty!
Maybe not, I suspect our opinions differ, but melting suspension components is not necessarily part of the "Ducati Experience" that Ducati wants to promote either.
 
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