Non air shocks for my 81 interstate


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Non air shocks for my 81 interstate

Postby littlebeaver » Wed May 04, 2011 1:48 pm



I would like to install some non air shocks on my 81 interstate, where can I find them guy's..??? Thanks in advance :D You know the good heavy duty one's



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Re: Non air shocks for my 81 interstate

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Re: Non air shocks for my 81 interstate

Postby littlebeaver » Wed May 04, 2011 4:25 pm

thank you so much for your link...I ordered the 412 series ...big help.. thanks :D :D

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Re: Non air shocks for my 81 interstate

Postby Peppyone1955 » Wed May 04, 2011 6:56 pm

Glad I could help! :D :D

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Re: Non air shocks for my 81 interstate

Postby littlebeaver » Wed May 04, 2011 9:37 pm

I will write a review on the shocks....Next week after I get them and ride a bit..

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Re: Non air shocks for my 81 interstate

Postby john12121 » Thu May 05, 2011 12:14 am

I heard lots about Progressive shocks..Progressive 412 series seems much less expensive than other suspension..This is reasonable solution with much improved comfort and handling ..Totally worth for money.. I am sure that you will not be disappointed by this product... Waiting for your personal experience after using it...

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Re: Non air shocks for my 81 interstate

Postby littlebeaver » Thu May 05, 2011 1:28 am

Does anyone else have these on their Wing...??? Just curious... :D

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Re: Non air shocks for my 81 interstate

Postby dnehasert » Thu May 05, 2011 9:15 pm

I've run the Progressive 412's on each of my GL1100's. Work great, especially since I have a sidecar mounted. Present set I've had on 2 Wings for 10 years and about 89000 miles on them. Keep them on the 3rd adjustment and still in good shape.

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Re: Non air shocks for my 81 interstate

Postby Whatastate » Fri May 06, 2011 9:38 am

I have them also, they came with the bike.
As previously stated a sidecar works the suspension hard, so far they seem fine "after I tightened the swing arm bearings.
I have used their fork springs before with good results.
If it was that easy everyone would be doing it!

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Re: Non air shocks for my 81 interstate

Postby littlebeaver » Sun May 15, 2011 12:10 am

I have replaced my air shocks with the progressive 412 series and I am amazed, first off I noticed a big difference in the height of the bike when I rolled it off my ramp and placed it on the sidestand and noticed that the bike has a lot more lean now, the bike is taller, I set it on the #3 slot for heavy guys like me, the bike feels much more solid on turns and before the bike would shake a little on deceleration, now there's nothing but smoothness, the little shake is gone, I did not know the shocks could be a cause for a small shake but it sure the heck was in my case beacause that shake is gone..I love the idea I don't ever have to check the air valve again..It had a very slow leak that became a real pain... I will have no more of that..I can't wait to hook up the trailer and see the difference, I'm sure it will be much better than before, I think my old shock springs are worn out because with 57psi I would still bottom out on the driveway slope, with the new shocks I can't get it to bottom out there's nothing but cush..so I think if your a taller dude these would be perfect. I'm glad I have a 34" inseam..So like others have said I feel these are well worth the cash I spent on them..They make my bike feel firm and solid again.. like a new bike..One other thing is this, putting the bike on the center stand is actually easier now because the bike is taller and it requires less effort to raise it..I'll write more once I test it with the trailer and wife on the back..

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Re: Non air shocks for my 81 interstate

Postby Birdoprey » Sun May 15, 2011 10:51 pm

When you guys have installed Progressive front fork springs, are you doing away with the "air ride" at the front? The GL1100 i just picked up is too mushy for me(especially up front) even with 21lbs of air in the forks. The rear is ok but i'm thinking of ditching the air shocks in favor of the Progressive 412's. Just not sure what to do on the front.
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Re: Non air shocks for my 81 interstate

Postby littlebeaver » Sun May 15, 2011 11:04 pm

I have to save some more money to get the front springs, but that's a great question, I know someone will anwser your question in a few day's I would also like to know the answer...the 81's front shock springs suck...

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Re: Non air shocks for my 81 interstate

Postby littlebeaver » Tue May 17, 2011 12:23 pm

Wow....I hooked up the trailer last night and took it for a ride with my new progressive 412's on it the difference was remarkable, the bike was tight and steady, I could hardly tell it was back there, before with the air shocks I knew it was back there, the handling was terrible..All I can think is the springs were weakened with age..Now I feel good about towing a trailer with this 1100.. It's tight..

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Re: Non air shocks for my 81 interstate

Postby lbman » Tue May 17, 2011 5:02 pm

Hi,
I just finished installing the spring Kits front and back..a little more hassle than bolting up new shocks but too me, I am into them for under 150 bucks for the front and back. n WOW what a difference! I can't say enough good stuff about progressive products. I have installed front fork springs in my BMW a few years ago. that helped that bike also. No more Nose Diving on braking. No more twisting in the corners. No more bottoming Out.
I have been told by a couple of guys who had 11 and 1200' who said there suspension was nothing to brag about brand new.
I actually just bought a fork brace on EBAY around 50 buck with shipping...new they are 150...but honestly I don't think I will notice much difference after the spring conversion. but I got It, shined it up so its going ON. ;-}
this morning I left for work early to go to where they do MC riders safety classes.
last year i went through the course laid out on the pavement . I figured I had better practice..geez fought the tight corners.
this morning however, was a different story. I went through the course. like a breez. it felt like I had control of the bike.. the wheel was always pointing the same direction as bars..;-]
LB oh and I have NO Air in front or back..got to turn off that pesky light though

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Re: Non air shocks for my 81 interstate

Postby littlebeaver » Tue May 17, 2011 5:24 pm

I gotta say I was just flat out 100% lazy this time, I thought about the spring kit for the rear, and just decided screw it I'll just buy the new ones, I just didn't want to screw with it..I can see myself getting hit in the head or something brillant like that working on it, So what progressive springs did you put on the front? I want to change those next but I need to know which one's to get for my 81...

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Re: Non air shocks for my 81 interstate

Postby lbman » Tue May 17, 2011 8:12 pm

got mine off of EBAY just looked for the year $86.00. they came and I thought they are too short OMG now what! but I had the old ones out. Read posts on how too.. I personally took off the forks from bike , Put the top cap in a vise and held on to the forks to absorb spring tension. works great. but I was removing bent forks and putting new too me ones on. if you leave them on bike cut a piece of 2x2 and cut a notch in it (see how too list) to hold top cap so you can control cap you have spring tension to deal with.

the progressive springs are shorter and go on easy squeezy. I guarantee you will smile the 1st time you ride it...especially when you stop..NO More Dive front feels way more stable and cornering? the bike feels like a different bike!
very doable..way easier than rear shock by a ling shot.
you can take off the drain nut at bottom of shock drain out the gunk and put in tranny fluid. they say 10.5 oz. but I will op to put in maybe 9 oz progressives are thicker and displace more oil IMHO.. I am going to pick up Bell Ray 15 weight
Fork oil this time around. I have to replace my fork seals this weekend and I want to use a little heavier Fluid.
read the how too's and it will click light a light how to do it...Easy Squeezy!
LB

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Re: Non air shocks for my 81 interstate

Postby littlebeaver » Wed May 18, 2011 3:06 am

How do I disable the rear suspension light from staying on.?

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Re: Non air shocks for my 81 interstate

Postby lbman » Wed May 18, 2011 4:53 am

according to progressive instruction's . under the right side cover is the air sensor switch. pull the wire , it needs to be hooked to a ground.
my lights on..lol.. have not done this yet..
LB

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Re: Non air shocks for my 81 interstate

Postby littlebeaver » Wed May 18, 2011 12:06 pm

thank you very much...




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