Rebuild air shocks


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Rebuild air shocks

Postby timc0162 » Mon May 31, 2010 9:53 am



Is it possible, and/or how hard is it to rebuild the rear air shocks on a 1982 Goldwing Aspencade? Can i purchase refurbished air shocks some place? I am thing about purchasing a 1982 aspencade that has a rear shock that is leaking oil and need to know how hard this would be.



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Re: Rebuild air shocks

Postby WingAdmin » Mon May 31, 2010 9:34 pm

It's certainly possible, and it's not all that hard. I've actually got one that's leaking sitting in a box that I plan to rebuild just to be able to post a "how to" on the site at some point...but I suspect it's going to get left until next winter, because I have a lot of projects (and riding!) to get done this summer.

If you have the service manual, it describes the procedure.

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Re: Rebuild air shocks

Postby wiseguysdad » Tue Jun 01, 2010 7:26 am

It is really easy to do. But make sure you get all the old oil out before you pop out the old seal with air. What a mess if you don't. I took my time one the first one becouse I did not want to screw up, the second one went a lot faster. I got new seals from Honda was about $30.00 for both. Make sure you use a manual step by step. What an easy job and you save your self a lot of money.

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Re: Rebuild air shocks

Postby MSGT-R » Tue Jun 01, 2010 8:53 am

If you want an improved ride over stock, pay the extra and get a set of Progressives. I love mine!
Don't spook the road sheep.

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Re: Rebuild air shocks

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Jun 01, 2010 8:57 am

Hey, welcome back! Have you sold your green 1100 yet?

I agree, I put a set of Progressives on the rear of my 1100 this spring, and I'm very happy with them. The ride was improved tremendously.

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Re: Rebuild air shocks

Postby MSGT-R » Tue Jun 01, 2010 9:03 am

The Progressives make a big difference (along with a Superbrace).

The poor thing is still sitting in Fun Bike Center's showroom. They put it in the back. Now that they've sold the two 1800s it was sitting next to, I think they've forgotten about it :evil: My salesman is the only one "working" it.

Some dumb **** already bent my custom kickstand (longer) and broke my turn signal switch. It takes a lot of stupidity to bend a kickstand! I told them in no uncertain terms to keep an eye on it since I just spent 18k with them!!

On the other hand, I asked my salesman to take it out for a ride to charge the battery. He's fallen in love with it. He'd buy it if he wife would let him. The Progressives and the Randakk Ft. brake master cylinder makes a BIG difference.


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