Value of Shock Upgrades for Wing/Trailer Combo


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Value of Shock Upgrades for Wing/Trailer Combo

Post by purplerhody » Tue Dec 03, 2013 12:33 pm



I am getting my gear together for a 7 week trip to the Canadian Maratimes next spring. I have 2003 1800 ABS Wing and will be pulling a Sentry Aspen pop up camper trailer. I wonder what experiences folks may have had with upgraded suspensions for their bikes when pulling a trailer like this, particularly for the rear. I would be interested to hear about any change in handling, tire wear or in seat height resulting from installation. 8-)



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Re: Value of Shock Upgrades for Wing/Trailer Combo

Post by WingAdmin » Tue Dec 03, 2013 12:45 pm

I also have an Aspen Sentry, and I pulled for one season on OEM shocks, and one with Progressive 416's. The Progressives made a big difference (improvement) in bounce over bumps and especially on sway when going over bumps in corners with the trailer attached. Made a good overall difference without the trailer as well.

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Re: Value of Shock Upgrades for Wing/Trailer Combo

Post by themainviking » Tue Dec 03, 2013 9:34 pm

I agree with the WingAdmin man. I would think hauling an Aspen camper would be far more fun if you had a traxxion rear shock and preload system installed on the bike. If you are leg length challenged though, this could make the bike a bit tall without weight on the rear. If your legs are plenty long, I do not think you would be sorry at all after traxxioning the rear. As far as the front goes, just about any Goldwing 1500 or 1800 can benefit from a suspension upgrade. Progressive is good in most cases, but Traxxion is also, although a bit on the stiffer side. Progressive has a monoshock conversion for the GL1800 that is pretty nice to ride on, although a bit more costly than just a spring upgrade. Progressive also has the parts necessary to rebuild the rear suspension if you have the mechanical ability, and a shock spring tool, which Progressive also sells, but if you want to truly fix your rear with a Progressive spring, you might also think to get a preload hose from Traxxion and do the whole job up right. Instruction to do the Traxxion preload hose fix is available on their web site.
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Re: Value of Shock Upgrades for Wing/Trailer Combo

Post by purplerhody » Tue Dec 03, 2013 10:22 pm

Thanks for the suggestions....I am 5'6" on my good days so do not have a lot to give on seat height....but can certainly look at the front and also find out how much the rear upgrade would raise the bike.

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Re: Value of Shock Upgrades for Wing/Trailer Combo

Post by harvey01 » Wed Dec 04, 2013 6:58 pm

I had a stock 02 GL1800 and towed a Neosho Starlight trailer for probably 70% of the 28,000 miles on that Wing when it was destroyed in a crash. So was the trailer. (car turned left into me, I walked away)

Since then I have put 120,000 on a stock 04 GL1800 and most of that has been with a Bushtec trailer attached. I have had no problem so far with the stock suspension. Yes, I can tell it is not new and I have been considering upgrades. Not sure I want to sink a lot of money into the suspension or just sink that money into a new Wing.

But the key to this thread is that I have experienced no problem towing the trailer. I normally do bump up the rear suspension from the normal 14 to 18 to 20. I normally do not have a passenger.
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Re: Value of Shock Upgrades for Wing/Trailer Combo

Post by purplerhody » Wed Dec 04, 2013 8:18 pm

thanks for the input!

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Re: Value of Shock Upgrades for Wing/Trailer Combo

Post by Sagebrush » Thu Dec 05, 2013 10:01 am

For the best bang for the buck I would go with Progressive front and back and not just to pull your trailer. You will notice quite a difference in ride quality. Traxxion might be the "in" suspension upgrade but way out of my price range and not without reliability issues. I put Progressives on my '02 1800 100,000 miles ago, never a problem with it and it still rides like new.

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Re: Value of Shock Upgrades for Wing/Trailer Combo

Post by charliektm400exc » Thu Dec 05, 2013 3:25 pm

Progressive don't make a shock (yet but there are stories they are developing one) for the back of a 1800, they only have a spring. Themainviking may be referring to the monotube conversion for the front end, which I have and think is great (I also have an uprated front triple tree which makes a huge difference in precision in corners).
Last time I looked works performance did make a shock for the 1800 but for me their web site is not responding at the moment so can't give you detail. I got shocks from them for my 1500 and was really happy with them. They even valved them to suit my style of riding and the local roads.



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