Rebuild rear shocks on 1982 interstate

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Ron Erwin
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Rebuild rear shocks on 1982 interstate

Post by Ron Erwin » Fri Oct 19, 2012 10:41 am

Bought a1982 GL 1100 Interstate about 6 months ago. Never owned a Honda Before. Bike had 32000 miles on it and rode out great.
came home and found a puddle fluid under rear wheel. Took bags etc off and it appears the Rear shock has leaked all flluid out.
Is this a major job to pull off and rebuild. Is there a manual on how to dothis.. Believe if I had instructions I could do it. any
help appreciated.

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Re: Rebuild rear shocks on 1982 interstate

Post by SteveB123 » Fri Oct 19, 2012 4:59 pm

Current:82 GL1100 Interstate, 60 Amp Poorboy, MSD coil
Previous: 93 GSX1100F Katana
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Re: Rebuild rear shocks on 1982 interstate

Post by bcassel » Fri Oct 19, 2012 10:22 pm

While you have it down put Progressive springs in. You will be so glad you spent the $69 to do do.

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Re: Rebuild rear shocks on 1982 interstate

Post by Johnyy Smoke » Sat Oct 20, 2012 2:43 pm

Be carefull when you tighten the connections for the air lines-they are very easy to strip! Regards, Johnyy

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Re: Rebuild rear shocks on 1982 interstate

Post by tom84std » Sat Oct 20, 2012 6:32 pm

I ride an '84 which had once been equipped with air shocks front and rear. It had belonged to my big brother. It now has no plumbing except for a few fittings hard mounted to frame members but they are unused. The difference being that my brother removed the air assisted stuff and installed Progressive rear shocks and Progressive front fork springs. The anti-dive stuff is still intact and fully functional. I've ridden the bike for around 10,000 miles at this point and it's suspension is perfect.

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Re: Rebuild rear shocks on 1982 interstate

Post by tprender » Mon Oct 22, 2012 10:20 pm

When I did mine this summer, I screwed a value stem into the opening when I was putting them together to keep the oil from coming out. Put the oil in from the top when you are putting the washers back into the shock, not into the fill hole it is alot easier. Put the oil in before you put the seal into the shock body.

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