progressive or mechaincal


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progressive or mechaincal

Postby lovig214 » Tue Jun 29, 2010 4:20 pm



Hi guy's I need advice again.

Gw i read your thread on progressive shocks. I have an 83 gl interstate. I have a small pocket book right now but would like to put new rear shocks on. I seen mechanical shocks with 5 settings for much less. Are the mechanical shocks ok or a waste?



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Re: progressive or mechaincal

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Jun 30, 2010 10:26 am

The main function of air shocks like Progressives is to compensate for load - to add preload to the shock for heavier load, and prevent bottoming out over large bumps in the road. It also firms the ride up somewhat.

I love having the air shocks, and use them all the time. I can't speak to whether non-air shocks are any worse or better. That said, I've had plenty of bikes without air shocks that ran just fine, granted they weren't as heavy as a Goldwing.

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Re: progressive or mechaincal

Postby lhelber » Wed Jun 30, 2010 11:27 am

I guess the thing to add to what WingAdmin said is how easy would it be to change the mechanical shocks. With my wing I ride solo and two up. I also pack a different amount when I travel. With the air shocks (and on board compressor) I can air them up or down as needed. Can you are will you do that with a mechanical type of shock. I don't think the Interstate has an on board compressor but I believe it is still much easier using a hand pump, 12v compressor or finding a gas station with air. Ok that last one could be a little difficult to find ;-) A non standard type of shock may or may not effect the resale value of you bike latter one. That is something to think about.

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Re: progressive or mechaincal

Postby lovig214 » Wed Jun 30, 2010 3:13 pm

I agree with what you both are saying. I think i will wait until I get the money together and get the progressives. I don't have an on board compressor. I have been using my air compressor but am scared to death that i will blow the shocks. I bought a small bike tire pump that would mount on a bicycle and thought it would be handy to throw in the trunk but it doesn't have the power to pump up the shocks. What do you guys do. Also when i check the pressure with my tire gauge the amount of air it takes to push the plunger out changes the pressure on the the shock. any ideas on this. Thanks Craig

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Re: progressive or mechaincal

Postby idjit » Thu Jul 01, 2010 11:05 am

I have a compressor with tank and regulator that lets me limit the pressure to whatever I want. When I use the gauge if I get the correct reading I remove it quickly and don't check again as it will let out air while rechecking. They don't hold much so any escaping air drops it a lot.

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Re: progressive or mechaincal

Postby lhelber » Fri Jul 02, 2010 7:53 pm

I just read on another forum that Walmart has a small compressor for sale that is about 5 inches square and has a built in pressure guage. It runs off of 12v. Sells for around $10. Sounds like just the thing for pumping up your shocks.

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Re: progressive or mechaincal

Postby idjit » Fri Jul 02, 2010 8:34 pm

The guy I bought my bike from told me he used a service station pump and blew a front shock. Said he had to have it repaired. That's why I use the regulated one, but I can see where one of these 12V jobs might work. They tend to pump slow and there'd be no big blast of air going in. But again, they don't take much air. I have no idea if that's the answer or not. I think a proper on board compressor is the answer. Hey "lhelber", where did you get yours? -Bob

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Re: progressive or mechaincal

Postby lhelber » Fri Jul 02, 2010 9:41 pm

I have an Aspy with the on board compressor and that is what I use. lovig214 has an Interstate with out a compressor and was looking for a solution. I have seen several other Wingers in our group use these portable 12v compressors for altering their suspensions. I was just passing along the information for a place to get one that was a good size to carry in the bike and has a good price.

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Re: progressive or mechaincal

Postby lovig214 » Sat Jul 03, 2010 8:17 am

Thanks a million Guys.

This is the information I was looking for. I will pick up a 12 V. compressor today. I will also put a regulator on my compressor at home. Again thanks You guys have made my day.

If you guys don,t mind I have one other question on another topic. I have a ticking noise on the right side of the motor. i read the threads on ticking noise and power lose. I changed the oil and set my valves using g's how to. It is still there. Any Ideas? Thanks Craig

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Re: progressive or mechaincal

Postby idjit » Sat Jul 03, 2010 8:21 am

I would have thought valves, but I'm a newbie too. (You don't wear your watch on your right arm?)

Why not start a new topic for this and then others will see it. -Bob




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