rear shocks bottom out


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lbman
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rear shocks bottom out

Postby lbman » Thu Apr 14, 2011 12:31 pm



Ok more info needed.
I am 250lbs and dropping ;-} and may gal is 130.lbs
with both front and rear shocks air-ed up to max , it does not take much of a bump to hit bottom.. I bottom it out by myself without too much of a bump in the road. shocks are holding air ok.. is there a fix for this problem that won't cost me an arm and a leg? I believe rear shock is air only. I read that one can change front springs to help front.
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Larry b



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Re: rear shocks bottom out

Postby thrasherg » Thu Apr 14, 2011 1:33 pm

You might want to tell us which model you have? 1000,1100, 1200, etc.. Its obviously not a 1000 as that did not have air suspension, but give us a clue to the model and year and we will try to help.

Gary

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Re: rear shocks bottom out

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Apr 14, 2011 1:40 pm

Are you airing the shocks with the bike on the center stand?The Book says yes.Don't air it up on the side stand or sitting on it.

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Re: rear shocks bottom out

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Apr 14, 2011 3:12 pm

You also could just have tired, 30-year-old springs that are in need of replacing.

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Re: rear shocks bottom out

Postby lbman » Thu Apr 14, 2011 4:11 pm

sorry, It's 82 , 1100I 73,000 miles. I thought that info showed up on the posts auto...
this is my 1st gold wing. pretty squishy!!! does a little twisting when i throw it into a turn. I like a nice ride. tired back and all, but ? I had hoped it would perform a little better than that. Maybe just tired. like someone said. I had a 1990 FLHTC Harley New. it would do it with no complaints. I'm not a road racer./ I just like the performance of a motorcycle. and the comfort of a Bag'r . I hope to upgrade to an 1800 some day. but w/ child support being half my income. well it's old 1100's for me. and the 1100 seems to be a lot of old timer gold wingers' favorite wing.
thanks'
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Re: rear shocks bottom out

Postby thrasherg » Thu Apr 14, 2011 4:56 pm

There is absolutely nothing wrong with the 1100, but like all of us bits do get tired with old age!! :lol: As mentioned by Wingadmin, a change of fork springs and new rear shocks (or maybe just springs if your shocks are a mix of air and springs) will be all it needs to bring it back to normal. My wing is younger than yours but handles great, I see no reason why the 1100 shouldn't handle as well with a few old parts being replaced!!

Gary

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Re: rear shocks bottom out

Postby RoadRogue » Thu Apr 14, 2011 8:36 pm

I had the same problem with my 82 Aspy when I bought it 3 years ago.It ran great but the handling was like a marshmellow, it would bottom out in the rear in the twisties with just me on it (200lbs.) I ordered a set of springs for the rear from Progressive Suspension ( I saw some on Amazon for under $50 just a few weeks ago) , new seals and some fresh oil in them.It made a HUGE difference,two up in the twisties and it still doesnt bottom out. I also added Progressive springs to the front and it handles the way it should have from the factory, Highly recomended upgrade worth every penny.
Ride safe, Todd
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Re: rear shocks bottom out

Postby RoadRogue » Sat Apr 16, 2011 1:20 am

PM sent ......................................


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