About SHocks


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mfrancis
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About SHocks

Postby mfrancis » Sun May 19, 2013 1:44 pm



Hi everyone

Need your advice, I have a GW 1100 Aspencade and the back shocks are going out. Now I was thinking of buying the non-air shocks because i am low on cash. Can someone suggest what kind of shocks and perhaps where to purchase?

What is the going consensus of air shocks vs non-air shocks?



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Re: About SHocks

Postby Johnyy Smoke » Sun May 19, 2013 2:48 pm

I just installed adjustable progressive 412 rear shocks (non-air) on my 1980 1100.The ride is great, and it is much easier to get it on the center stand. I paid $265 0n e-bay. You will also need 1/4 travel limiters ($15) installed. These do not come with the shocks-purchase seperatly.
I hated the air set up on my bike-and it was with great enthusiasm that I removed the air hoses and such :D .The ride is much better. I am very happy with this purchase. Regards, Johnyy

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Re: About SHocks

Postby veg_eta_ble » Sun May 19, 2013 2:54 pm

Personally, I like the ride and handling of air shocks. I also like to adjust the ride height to match whether I have a passenger on board or if I am riding solo, which is easily done with the air shocks. The air shocks are rebuild-able. Have you priced out that route instead of replacing them? But again,just my two cents. :D
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Re: About SHocks

Postby mfrancis » Sun May 19, 2013 3:29 pm

Thanks for the replies guys, Questions i Have

What are travell limiters?
And Veg what dose this mean = Have you priced out that route instead of replacing them?

When I lkooked for the shocks mentioned I see $220 average for just one, so it is going to be around $500 for two?

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Re: About SHocks

Postby mfrancis » Sun May 19, 2013 3:40 pm

Another question to add
the repair kits, are thye easy to do and do they work? or am I just wasting my money. Please keep in mind I am new to working on bikes

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Re: About SHocks

Postby veg_eta_ble » Sun May 19, 2013 3:52 pm

I meant priced out the difference between buying new shocks, or just rebuilding the ones you have. If you download the Honda shop manual on here it gives full step by step on how to rebuild the in it. Do you feel as if the springs are worn out in the shocks or are you losing air pressure?
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Re: About SHocks

Postby mfrancis » Sun May 19, 2013 3:57 pm

Yeah springs are gone

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Re: About SHocks

Postby Johnyy Smoke » Sun May 19, 2013 4:03 pm

Its $265 for the pair.
Travel limiters fasten around the top of the shock to keep it from bottoming out on your tire.
These shocks are also 5 position adjustable. Regards, Johnyy

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Re: About SHocks

Postby veg_eta_ble » Sun May 19, 2013 4:17 pm

In that case, save your money up and buy some new ones, whether it be air or progressive spring shocks. Used ones you will probably have to rebuild anyway.

Good luck to you. :)
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Re: About SHocks

Postby mfrancis » Sun May 19, 2013 4:32 pm

Thanks for the help everyone

I am orering these Shocks
http://www.ebay.com/itm/HONDA-GL1100-GO ... 1272669346

it says everything I need comes with it, please someone that knows better about this stuff than I do take a look at this listing and let me know what you think

I also found the how to on this website to remove and install the new shocks once I have them.




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