Rear shock swap options


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IAAustin
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Location: Waukon, IOWA
Motorcycle: 1982 GL1100

Rear shock swap options

Postby IAAustin » Fri Aug 05, 2016 8:10 pm



My '82 has fairly weak air shocks, riding 2 up (about 350lbs total) and with the maximum PSI set for the suspension the rear likes to bottom out. I verified they're holding air well, so I'm sure I'll just need to rebuild with new Progressive springs. Now I'm hoping to make that a winter project so I would like to know what might work on their place so I can enjoy the ride in the meantime. Maybe I'll even like the alternative so much I'll just stick the factory ones back on the shelf. Since this will likely be a temporary fix does anybody have recommendations for a cheap shock? I bought some take-off Harley Sportster ones really cheap to replace the old air shocks on my Yamaha XJ750 and was very pleased. That bike was of course much lighter than the Wing, so I'm wondering if there might be any take-offs a guy could browse eBay for and get fairly cheap? I'm just not sure what bike would have shocks that may work. Thank you!



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Wilcoy02
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1983 GL1100I frame with an 80 engine. poor boy installed with C-5 ignition--DIED in Grande Prairie Alberta Canada 8/15


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Re: Rear shock swap options

Postby Wilcoy02 » Fri Aug 05, 2016 10:30 pm

Just replace the springs in your current shocks. It only takes one day and is affordable.
here is the link to changing the seals and springs. It takes a minute to load. The part numbers of all you need is given in part 12.

viewtopic.php?f=11&t=27146

IAAustin
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Re: Rear shock swap options

Postby IAAustin » Fri Aug 05, 2016 11:01 pm

That is a wonderful webinar, than you for the link! I was intimidated at first, but that doesn't seem so bad.


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