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parts source(s) needed

Postby quidni » Sat Apr 02, 2011 12:17 am



Hi - new poster here. I'm in the process of having an '82 GL1100I "refurbished" (not restored as new, but made safe for riding again). My local shop has been able to find most things for me, but we're having problems with the suspension. Is there any place in/around El Paso, Texas, or any mail-order supply shop, that carries low-profile shocks that would work on the '82?

Many thanks,
Carla
El Paso, TX



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Re: parts source(s) needed

Postby RBGERSON » Sat Apr 02, 2011 9:18 am

progressives work on wings I think trhe 414's..but not sure on the model #, really any shock rated for the weight and has the same eye to inches..13? will work..the stock air shocks can be rebuilt fairly easily..and should be good for another 25 years.
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Re: parts source(s) needed

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:14 am

I put a set of Progressive 416 shocks on the rear of my 1100, and they are perfect replacements.

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Re: parts source(s) needed

Postby quidni » Sun Apr 10, 2011 12:30 am

WingAdmin wrote:I put a set of Progressive 416 shocks on the rear of my 1100, and they are perfect replacements.


Cool. What about for the front?

Thanks!

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Re: parts source(s) needed

Postby RoadRogue » Sun Apr 10, 2011 12:38 am

For the front ,a set of progressive suspension springs is the fix of choice. Same people as for the rear.

start here http://www.progressivesuspension.com/
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Re: parts source(s) needed

Postby quidni » Tue Apr 12, 2011 9:56 pm

Thanks for the info!

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Re: parts source(s) needed

Postby goldtr6c » Wed Apr 13, 2011 11:52 am

I put Progressives on my 82 and though they are excellent shocks, they raised the back of the bike up too far for me. Not only do I have to tippy toe with my feet now, the the slight change in the fork angle is very noticable to me. Low speed (parking lot) handling just is not what it was. I'm looking now to rebuilding the shorter stock shocks and maybe use Progressive springs.

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Re: parts source(s) needed

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Apr 13, 2011 1:46 pm

goldtr6c wrote:I put Progressives on my 82 and though they are excellent shocks, they raised the back of the bike up too far for me. Not only do I have to tippy toe with my feet now, the the slight change in the fork angle is very noticable to me. Low speed (parking lot) handling just is not what it was. I'm looking now to rebuilding the shorter stock shocks and maybe use Progressive springs.


You will end up with the same problem. It's not that the Progressive shocks are taller, it's just that the old springs were so worn out, they were sagging. When you replaced them with new Progressives that are the correct size, the bike sat up once again to its original height.

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Re: parts source(s) needed

Postby goldtr6c » Wed Apr 13, 2011 7:12 pm

Fully extended, the Progressives are a full inch longer than my fully extended stock shocks. I gave the numbers to Progressive and asked if these were the proper shocks for my 1100 and they said yes. That extra inch though makes them the same length as the ones on my 85 LTD so I may use them there.

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Re: parts source(s) needed

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Apr 14, 2011 3:25 pm

goldtr6c wrote:Fully extended, the Progressives are a full inch longer than my fully extended stock shocks. I gave the numbers to Progressive and asked if these were the proper shocks for my 1100 and they said yes. That extra inch though makes them the same length as the ones on my 85 LTD so I may use them there.


But are your stock shocks new, or have they been carrying the weight of your bike for many years?

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Re: parts source(s) needed

Postby goldtr6c » Fri Apr 15, 2011 12:03 pm

Regardless of how weak the springs are from age, the fully extended length is the same. I am though seriuosly considering the Progressive springs made for the stock shocks.

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Re: parts source(s) needed

Postby quidni » Fri May 27, 2011 4:12 pm

Turns out the compressor is cracked and won't hold pressure... and Progressive Suspension can help with everything except a replacement compressor. Any idea where I could locate a new or rebuilt unit?

And... I'm still looking for an ignition coil.

Thanks!




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