1983 aspencade


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1983 aspencade

Postby rfsteph105 » Wed Aug 22, 2012 2:58 pm



I recently purchased a 1983 goldwing aspencade with 69000 miles on it. Runs great but during a safety inspection discovered that there was no air in either shocks (front or back) and the rear tire was going up into the fender and rubbing on a bracket inside of the fender. This was cutting a groove on the left side of the tire where the tread meets the sidewall. Honda garage says they don't make these shocks anymore. My question is does someone know if a company manufactures an after market shock for these, either air or just a standard shock, that would prvent the tire from rubbing the fender. Thanks


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Re: 1983 aspencade

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Aug 22, 2012 3:00 pm

Absolutely. Progressive manufactures an excellent shock, their model 416's, which are a direct replacement. You can see/read about the process here: How to remove and replace your rear shocks

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Re: 1983 aspencade

Postby SteveB123 » Wed Aug 22, 2012 3:03 pm

Progressive Suspension should pop up on your first Google search.

Have you attempted to add air to the existing shocks?
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Re: 1983 aspencade

Postby rfsteph105 » Wed Aug 22, 2012 3:23 pm

Yes, compressor runs but line on digital dash does not move. Mech at the local honda shop said that it didn't appear to have any air in the shocks. I asked him if there was anything he could do...such as replace shocks with either air or standard shocks and he said he didn't think so and advised me to check on e-bay for parts. You would think that they would know these things. He also told me to disconnect the air lines to see if the compressor is actually is pushing air.

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Re: 1983 aspencade

Postby rfsteph105 » Thu Aug 23, 2012 11:10 am

Well I spoke with a mechanic he said he didn't think that the shocks were bad if I didn't see any oil. So I found a valve connection on the compressor motor, hooked up the air hose and wow air into the shocks that seem to be holding. Figured it must be a leak running from the compressor to the rocker switch on the control panel. Hoping that is all it is.

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Re: 1983 aspencade

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Aug 23, 2012 11:45 am

rfsteph105 wrote:Well I spoke with a mechanic he said he didn't think that the shocks were bad if I didn't see any oil. So I found a valve connection on the compressor motor, hooked up the air hose and wow air into the shocks that seem to be holding. Figured it must be a leak running from the compressor to the rocker switch on the control panel. Hoping that is all it is.


The buttons on the control panel just operate schraeder valves underneath - and the valve cores wear out and leak over time. You might want to look and see if that's where your leak is occurring - it's a simple (and very cheap) fix if that's your problem.

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Re: 1983 aspencade

Postby rfsteph105 » Thu Aug 23, 2012 11:51 am

Thanks WingAdmin. Do you know where I can get new cores for the buttons?

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Re: 1983 aspencade

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Aug 23, 2012 1:05 pm

rfsteph105 wrote:Thanks WingAdmin. Do you know where I can get new cores for the buttons?


Any auto store or bicyle shop should have them. You might even find them at Wal-Mart.

A quick search on Google for "schraeder valve core" found these: http://www.cheapbikeparts360.com/produc ... reremover/

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Re: 1983 aspencade

Postby rfsteph105 » Thu Aug 23, 2012 1:13 pm

Thanks again wingAdmin.




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