Rear air shocks on 81 GL1100I


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Rear air shocks on 81 GL1100I

Postby DCoxson1969 » Mon Apr 29, 2013 12:58 pm



Are the air shocks on the rear of the wing re-buildable? If so what do I need to make them new again?


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Re: Rear air shocks on 81 GL1100I

Postby virgilmobile » Mon Apr 29, 2013 3:06 pm

Truthfully....I just replaced mine with progressive shocks....

You know...the time and trouble thing...It ended up a better ride,didn't bottom out anymore and raised the bike so it set on the side stand correctly again.

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Re: Rear air shocks on 81 GL1100I

Postby bcassel » Mon Apr 29, 2013 4:13 pm

Yes, they are rebuildable. And you can replace the inside springs with Progressive Suspension springs for about $60. So, new seals, dust rings, maybe boots and PS springs and for about $100 you have original look, Progressive Suspension quality rear shocks that can be run aired or airless. I did mine and both I and my wife LOVE the difference.

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Re: Rear air shocks on 81 GL1100I

Postby Johnyy Smoke » Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:42 pm

I just installed Progressive 412 shocks on my 1980 1100 last Saturday. Wow! What a difference! I did have low speed wobble in the front end-that has all but disappeared.The ride is smooth-and getting it on the center stand is much easier.
I paid $265 on e-bay.You will need to purchase a 1/4 inch travel limiter ($15) for each shock and install them.
A big plus is that you don't have to fool around adding air to them either! Man - I hated that set up!
I am very happy with this purchase. Regards, Johnyy

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Re: Rear air shocks on 81 GL1100I

Postby bcassel » Mon Apr 29, 2013 9:50 pm

On your install on your 80 1100i, were these the rear shocks or the fronts that you needed to install limiters in?

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Re: Rear air shocks on 81 GL1100I

Postby Johnyy Smoke » Tue Apr 30, 2013 3:20 am

The travel limiters are installed on the rear shocks-sorry, I should have made that clear :roll: . I type faster than I think. regards, Johnyy

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Re: Rear air shocks on 81 GL1100I

Postby DCoxson1969 » Thu May 09, 2013 8:11 am

I would love to be able to afford to totally switch out the shocks, but all at the same time I decided to fix up not only my bike, but my sons F150 and Jeep. So $$ is a little tuff to come by right now so looking for a repair on the cheap. Thanks for the input.


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