never had any problems, it must of been loose to wear out. I usually check all the bolts on the front and rear supension after a couple of rides. HL sells a couple of different shocks, but there not cheap. There is a guy from Canada on ebay that sells used parts at a good price. I have bought a few things from him and never had any trouble. The top mount on the shock can be replaced, this might save you some money instead of buying a new shock.