Air Suspension Removal?


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Sid Vicious
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Air Suspension Removal?

Postby Sid Vicious » Wed Aug 01, 2012 11:46 pm



Hey guys- I'm new. Just bought an 82 GL1100 Aspencade. Got it cheap as it needs a head gasket. The bike starts ok and runs fine when it's warm, except for the knocking at low RPM that seems a symptom of the carbs being out of synch.

Anyway- After cruising around the site for a couple days I'm not afraid of the head gasket job, but I'd like to get rid of the air suspension. The front seems to work ok, but the rear doesn't hold air at all. I've found all kinds of great articles and threads for all kinds of repair and maintenance procedures, but I can't find anything giving me options for removing(completely) the air suspension. Has anyone done this? What parts cross from other models that I can use?

Thanks for the great resource. I'll keep reading...



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virgilmobile
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Re: Air Suspension Removal?

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Aug 02, 2012 8:33 am

My 1100 shocks bottomed out even with air.I left the hoses taped off and put on a set of progressive shocks.the spring over adjustable type.Much better ride.

goldminerusa
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Re: Air Suspension Removal?

Postby goldminerusa » Sun Aug 05, 2012 8:10 am

Parts n more.com has a large selection of coil over shocks, priced by the set. reasonable shipping charges too.

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binder49
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Re: Air Suspension Removal?

Postby binder49 » Tue Aug 07, 2012 4:41 pm

I would be interested in your air ride system and all the parts for it if your looking to get rid of it

Mark5
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Re: Air Suspension Removal?

Postby Mark5 » Sat Aug 11, 2012 4:58 pm

I have the Faux tank console from an 82 GL1100A if you are interested. All switches and guages worked when it was removed. Got a Clarion II radio and speakers also.

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binder49
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Re: Air Suspension Removal?

Postby binder49 » Sat Aug 11, 2012 8:00 pm

Thanks Mark5. But I need the entire air system. My gl1100 doesn't have it

Mark5
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Re: Air Suspension Removal?

Postby Mark5 » Sat Aug 11, 2012 8:44 pm

Gotcha. If you do need it you know where one is and good luck.

Mark.

Sid Vicious
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Re: Air Suspension Removal?

Postby Sid Vicious » Wed Aug 15, 2012 1:19 am

Well- the rears were removed by the previous owner, along with the air line to the rear. The front is still hooked up & operational. Is there a way to seal off the forks and remove the air system? Or do I need the fork from a different bike?

Mark5
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Re: Air Suspension Removal?

Postby Mark5 » Wed Aug 15, 2012 4:15 am

Metric bolts the same size as the holes about 3/4" long, o-rings and loctite. I would take off the caps, buy some new Progressive springs, suck out all the fluid and refill with the new, take out the old springs, new fluid, caps bolts done. I did it, works fine. Taking off the old caps is hard and watch out for the spring pressure. The old spring is two piece you gotta fish out the second part with coat hanger, not hard to do at all.

Sid Vicious
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Re: Air Suspension Removal?

Postby Sid Vicious » Wed Aug 15, 2012 8:27 am

Awesome. Thanks Mark!

Mark5
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Re: Air Suspension Removal?

Postby Mark5 » Wed Aug 15, 2012 8:56 am

I got my springs from DennisKirk.com and they had the correct set. I think I put in 250 ml. which equals about 9 oz. of 10w30 oil instead of fork oil or ATF, they say 270 but it would be way too stiff with that much in there and that is the recommended amount with air suspension anyway. If you think it is mushy then all you do is take off one of the bolts and add more through the hole with a syringe. Add the oil with the bike on the centerstand also-NOT compressed, it won't hold all the oil. Works fine for me at 250 ml, damping about right and it has a good solid feel with no diving. There are some other articles about the fork change procedure if you just Google it.

bucksnortresort
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Re: Air Suspension Removal?

Postby bucksnortresort » Sat Aug 18, 2012 8:56 am

Any one know where I can get air line tubing for progressive shocks?

Mark5
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Re: Air Suspension Removal?

Postby Mark5 » Sat Aug 18, 2012 11:51 am

Go to the Progressive Shocks website and check there.

seagreen13
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Re: Air Suspension Removal?

Postby seagreen13 » Sun Sep 15, 2013 6:59 pm

I was thinking about just changing out the suspension from my 1100 with a 1000, fork springs, tubes and all. Both front and rear. That air suspension isn't really all that exciting. In fact, it is a nuisance. If someone could tell me if that is acceptable that would be great. I will also be getting rid of the air suspension. So you may message me if interested.




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