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Lee Brown
Advanced Member

USA
166 Posts

Posted - 09/01/2017 :  7:37:01 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey has anybody tried to contact Works Performance Products Shocks lately been trying for a month just a recording whats up anybody know whats going on with them thx....

Larry Perkins
Advanced Member

USA
2111 Posts

Posted - 09/01/2017 :  9:54:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
There was a death either of the guy that runs it or direct family is what I heard and it is up wether it will continue.

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400gs6
Advanced Member

165 Posts

Posted - 09/02/2017 :  08:08:57 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh sad. I had dealt with Ned Owens there, good guy.(Ned used to write for Dirt Bike Magazine)
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Mike OReilly
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Canada
206 Posts

Posted - 09/02/2017 :  10:30:52 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The owner and founder, Gilles Vaillancourt passed away a while back.

http://www.motorcyclemuseum.org/halloffame/detail.aspx?RacerID=430&lpos=0px&letter=V&txtFname=&rblFname=S&txtLname=&rblLname=S&discipline=0
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Bob Seymour
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USA
167 Posts

Posted - 09/02/2017 :  5:47:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have had shocks rebuilt there in the past. So....they are now out of business and shut down?
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Mike Korgan
Senior Member

USA
31 Posts

Posted - 10/06/2017 :  7:45:44 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I went to Works today. They were all locked up. There were some stacks of catalogs in the lobby but the display shocks on the wall were gone. It appears they are closed.
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thrownchain
Advanced Member

USA
1734 Posts

Posted - 10/06/2017 :  8:35:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I did a Google search and it says they are permanently closed
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tooclose racing
Advanced Member

USA
723 Posts

Posted - 10/15/2017 :  6:20:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wow - I've had Drew Smith's WER suspension rebuild one pair and I was thinking of sending him another this Winter. The first actually had a bent shaft, the 2nd it's just the once over, but makes me wonder what the parts situation will be.

There are a LOT of the WP shocks out there in our vintage scene. I've done great by them.
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454MRW
Advanced Member

USA
2203 Posts

Posted - 10/15/2017 :  6:39:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I talked to Randy Lee Brown and he knew personally that the shop had been cleaned out so inventory may have been sold off, but hard to tell where the remainder is at this time. We both hope someone picks up the business and keeps it going. Mike

Michael R. Winter
I enjoy rebuilding and appreciating Pentons!
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1976-78 125-400 RM's & 79 PE250 Suzuki & 2012 DR650
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Mike OReilly
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Canada
206 Posts

Posted - 10/17/2017 :  11:51:05 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I was thinking the same thing: there were a lot of those shocks sold. As they say in I.T. a large "installed user base" which will require parts/maintenance. Not to mention the reputation built up over the years.
Strange that the business would just go away, but sounds like an opportunity for somebody.
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Carl Hill
Advanced Member

USA
103 Posts

Posted - 10/18/2017 :  06:36:16 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am pretty sure Thor Lawson at Evolution Suspension rebuilds works shocks. He makes a lot of the parts for Fox Airshox so maybe he does for works also.
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