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8/29/2017 4:37 AM

Anyone have the scoop? Are they shutting down? Selling off? Still making new stuff or just selling off inventory?

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8/30/2017 10:44 AM

Just had some dealings with them recently....... never again.angry

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9/2/2017 2:17 PM

Always had great customer service there, but I walked in so maybe that played a part in my experience

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9/2/2017 6:52 PM
Edited Date/Time: 9/2/2017 7:01 PM

Gilles Vaillancourt, the heart of Works Performance Products passed away a few years ago. I think his son has been running the business since then. Sometimes businesses don’t survive the loss of their founders.

Every one of my vintage motocross bikes I have raced since 1992 has used Works Performance shocks, and I ran their "Supercrosser" shocks in the early 80's. I've always had great service from this company. But I have not had any dealings with them since 2013.

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“Adhering to 1970’s Standards of Political Correctness”

9/5/2017 9:38 AM

I'm hearing today that Works Performance has been closed for a month now.

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“Adhering to 1970’s Standards of Political Correctness”

9/6/2017 2:30 PM

Reese is right. My dad has a pair of piggy back shocks that need a bladder. They were taken to get rebuilt last month. Terrible timing! Pro action has them and it's been a real head ache trying to acquire the part. Anyone have any leads?

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9/6/2017 3:04 PM

SLOWTIME wrote:

Reese is right. My dad has a pair of piggy back shocks that need a bladder. They were taken to get rebuilt last month. Terrible timing! Pro action has them and it's been a real head ache trying to acquire the part. Anyone have any leads?

I sent a pair of piggy back Works shocks in after I was told no problem to rebuild them. The guy essentially told me any shock that Works built, they could rebuild. After a huge debacle, someone that apparently knew what was going on tells me they haven't had bladders for thirty years. So..... after shipping costs, and no reasonable solution, Had Noleen build a pair of piggy backs for my '78 CR250.

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9/6/2017 3:47 PM

Reese95w wrote:

I'm hearing today that Works Performance has been closed for a month now.

Seem to be dropping fast, I just heard Jemco pipes is closed up?

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I was G before the "moto drive" to Vital

9/6/2017 7:30 PM

oldsocalmxr wrote:

I sent a pair of piggy back Works shocks in after I was told no problem to rebuild them. The guy essentially told me any shock that Works built, they could rebuild. After a huge debacle, someone that apparently knew what was going on tells me they haven't had bladders for thirty years. So..... after shipping costs, and no reasonable solution, Had Noleen build a pair of piggy backs for my '78 CR250.

Thanks for the heads up on Noleen. It's a bummer we might have to replace these Works Perf. Might end up just letting the oil and nitrogen mix in the side where the torn bladder is for now.

Anywho.. the search continues as we still are on the first step of the restore.

79 CR250

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9/7/2017 7:00 AM

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9/7/2017 7:14 AM

Here is a picture of what has to be done to the exhaust so it will clear the shock reservoirs. Stevie has some pics of his bikes with a similar set up.Photo

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9/7/2017 8:43 AM

Those look good! Thanks so much for posting about the clearance issue.

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9/7/2017 9:59 AM

GIwasB4 wrote:

Seem to be dropping fast, I just heard Jemco pipes is closed up?

Whoa.... is that true ?That would suck ,too.. I just had Jon do a pipe for my 78 Rm125. That was in mid-June though.

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9/7/2017 3:12 PM
Edited Date/Time: 9/7/2017 3:34 PM

oldsocalmxr wrote:

Here is a picture of what has to be done to the exhaust so it will clear the shock reservoirs. Stevie has some pics of his bikes with a similar set up.Photo

Too bad you can't run those reservoirs down. On my 79 CR125 R I was able to run the Works Performance Supercrosser shocks with the reservoirs down. But I had switched to a D&G FIM side panel/number plate. Oh and I did have to trim some of the cooling fins on the Works shocks to clear some frame tabs.

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“Adhering to 1970’s Standards of Political Correctness”

9/7/2017 3:46 PM

Yeah..... would have been easier. There is a bend in the frame just under the upper mount, and the reservoirs hit it hard....dizzy dizzy

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6/26/2018 5:43 PM
Edited Date/Time: 7/6/2018 5:22 PM

FYI: Noleen is now advertising that they can rebuild and re-valve Works Performance shocks.

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7/16/2018 4:37 AM

Anyone tried husky cr 84 itc with short 30mm ends on your rockets ?

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7/27/2018 3:07 PM
Edited Date/Time: 7/27/2018 3:09 PM

You can get Works shock parts from Race Tech and they also rebuild them. I also heard Works has reopened and is not called 'Worx'

ITC's normally only suit Huskys. Their stroke is too short and bodies too long for many other makes without modifications.

There is a place in UK Called Classic and Vintage Suspension that sells Ohlins made to the correct factory build sheets for red rocket CR's

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2/6/2019 2:08 PM

SLOWTIME wrote:

Reese is right. My dad has a pair of piggy back shocks that need a bladder. They were taken to get rebuilt last month. Terrible timing! Pro action has them and it's been a real head ache trying to acquire the part. Anyone have any leads?

oldsocalmxr wrote:

I sent a pair of piggy back Works shocks in after I was told no problem to rebuild them. The guy essentially told me any shock that Works built, they could rebuild. After a huge debacle, someone that apparently knew what was going on tells me they haven't had bladders for thirty years. So..... after shipping costs, and no reasonable solution, Had Noleen build a pair of piggy backs for my '78 CR250.

SLOWTIME wrote:

Thanks for the heads up on Noleen. It's a bummer we might have to replace these Works Perf. Might end up just letting the oil and nitrogen mix in the side where the torn bladder is for now.

Anywho.. the search continues as we still are on the first step of the restore.

79 CR250

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Do you still have these old shocks on your bike? I would love to buy them if possible. I'm also at.. stevecw@live.ca

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2/6/2019 3:48 PM
Edited Date/Time: 2/6/2019 3:49 PM

long story short,.. we had a one off mold made, and a new bladder was created to replace the torn one. The bike is being raced by my dad and he has no plans on selling right now. ..Quite a bit of $$ wrapped up in the shocks. But thank you for inquiring. Photo

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2/6/2019 4:38 PM

Thank you sir, I'm having a hard time finding the old ones like these.

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2/7/2019 8:06 AM
Edited Date/Time: 2/7/2019 8:07 AM

I'll first need the shocks but thank you.

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3/10/2019 8:13 AM

Just as an update on the Works/Worx situation: I recently called Tim (Gil's son-in-law?) at Worx and inquired about springs for an old pair of Works Perf shocks. He had me measure them - while we were on the phone - told me exactly what they were, said he could provide a new set of the proper spring rate, powdercoated, and shipped to FL for about $80. Four days later they arrived. Been using them ever since. He also quoted me $559 for a new set of Worx shocks for my Montesa VR resto. Haven't pulled the trigger on that one yet!

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Eric Kraft - Gainesville, FL

3/10/2019 8:26 AM

Do you know the eye to eye measurement on those old Works shocks?

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6/16/2020 12:44 PM

oldsocalmxr wrote:

I sent a pair of piggy back Works shocks in after I was told no problem to rebuild them. The guy essentially told me any shock that Works built, they could rebuild. After a huge debacle, someone that apparently knew what was going on tells me they haven't had bladders for thirty years. So..... after shipping costs, and no reasonable solution, Had Noleen build a pair of piggy backs for my '78 CR250.

SLOWTIME wrote:

Thanks for the heads up on Noleen. It's a bummer we might have to replace these Works Perf. Might end up just letting the oil and nitrogen mix in the side where the torn bladder is for now.

Anywho.. the search continues as we still are on the first step of the restore.

79 CR250

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Coast Steve wrote:

Do you still have these old shocks on your bike? I would love to buy them if possible. I'm also at.. stevecw@live.ca

Hi Slowtime, I contacted you a couple years ago about your old works performance shocks. You were not sure about them at that time. Would you sell them to me now? I will pay you a decent price for them. I'm at stevecw@live.ca .Thanks, Steve

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