OK, so here's the deal. Wanting a steering damper badly for this upcoming season, and realizing the sticker shock prices of what a new Ohlins one would cost on various stores and online sites, I decided to hunt around on ebay. To my surprise, I managed to find one (literally only ONE used one on ebay for my bike), AND actually WON the bid! So I have now a used Ohlins steering damper for a fraction of what a new one costs. Here is where the problems begin...
I first asked the seller numerous times for the exact model number prior to winning the bid which he could not locate (took it off his bike to part out before sale) but he assured me it would definitely work on my 04 CBR 600RR as that's what it was on his end). He did note that this model was SUPPOSE to be for a CBR 954RR but said it will mount fine on my 600RR. Is this true?? I tried contacting Ohlins to no avail... snooty Swedes!! So now, I'm concerned whether it's going to mount at all.. I bit the bullet and bid and won and didn't have time to double check, so I guess it's a moot point now. So first question, aren't most of these dampers almost identical except for the mounting hardware? Especially across CBR lineups??
Second issue is that this is CLEARLY a USED damper and I can hear a bit of either air or dirt or both when I compress the damper. Obviously I'm not happy with this but for what I paid for the damper, I figured there must be a way to rectify it. Now the 2nd question is what should I do to repair it?
a) Just replace the oil as a friend recommended and it should be fine?
b) Tear it apart and rebuild the damn thing (obviously replacing seals I'm guessing) but this sounds like a helluva lot of work... is this necessary or even possible? Aren't Ohlins parts built in some pressure sealed lab in Sweeden by magical fairies that are designed to last WWIII? Ain't that the reason why they cost so much to begin with!?!
Anyways, just thought I'd hear some thoughts from the more experienced techs here... pardon the lengthy description. Pretty much need to know if fixing the damper means...
1) Just a full oil replacement will do the trick
2) Rebuild is necessary and if so:
a) possible on my own (where do I get replacement parts!?) or
b) I need an Ohlins certified shop around to do it
3) You're screwed either ways cuz I know for a fact this damper ain't gonna work
Any input or any referrals to any certified shops would be greatly appreciated!