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dough0216
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shocks

Postby dough0216 » Wed Aug 19, 2015 2:28 pm



Hi guys time to do some more repairs on my bike. This is the part where I ask for advice from you guys, you haven't steered me wrong yet. I'm looking into my rear shocks on my 1981 GL1100. I bottom out very easily, with air pressure at the max. I remember seeing fluid on the garage floor under where the shocks were a few times over the years that my bike sat, and didn't know where it came from. Now I believe that was fluid from my shocks, what do you think. The other question if it was from my shocks, do I need new seals or can I just refill them. My shocks are holding air pressure,I don't know if the seals hold both the air and the fluid or are they separate ?



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Re: shocks

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Aug 19, 2015 2:52 pm

If the shocks are original, it is very likely that the springs are done as well, which is why you would be bottoming out.

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Re: shocks

Postby dough0216 » Wed Aug 19, 2015 4:16 pm

Bummer, I guess I should start reading post about what to replace OEM shocks with. Thanks for the information

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Johnyy Smoke
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Re: shocks

Postby Johnyy Smoke » Thu Aug 20, 2015 4:14 am

I replaced mine with Progressive 412"s.
You don't need air with them, and they are 5 position manual adjustable.
Cost me about $300 on e-bay, cheapest price I could find.
Well worth the money. They are top of the line and will not disappoint!
Regards, Johnny

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Re: shocks

Postby RBGERSON » Thu Aug 20, 2015 7:31 am

You can rebuild..new seals etc. even springs..if you have a interstate changing manual shocks is a PITA because the bags have to be removed.

several how's to's on various wing sites I'd go read one and see if it's something you'd want to try.
HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

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Re: shocks

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Aug 20, 2015 10:33 am

dough0216 wrote:Bummer, I guess I should start reading post about what to replace OEM shocks with. Thanks for the information


I replaced my old, tired OEM shocks with Progressive 416's (air shocks) and the difference was quite amazing. The bike sat up much taller (it was sagging), and the ride improved quite a bit.

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Re: shocks

Postby dough0216 » Thu Aug 20, 2015 4:34 pm

Thanks for all the options, I will look into each and figure out which will suit me best. Thanks again for the help, as always the members on this site don't disappoint. Ride safe Doug

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Re: shocks

Postby RoadRogue » Wed Aug 26, 2015 10:58 pm

You can also just rebuild the stock shock with new Progressive Suspension springs ,new seals and even new dampeners for less than $200 for the pair 8-)


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