Leaking rear shock - GL1100

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Leaking rear shock - GL1100

Post by hisself » Wed Aug 31, 2011 8:01 am

My 1981 GL1100 will not hold air in the rear suspension. I put air in, and immediately hear it leaking out. I could not feel the air coming out anywhere, and have not had time to 'snoop' test it.

If it is the shocks leaking and not the hoses, would changing the shock seals be sufficient to stop the leakage?

Or, would I be better off spending $320 for Progressive air shocks to install on a $600 bike?

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Re: Leaking rear shock - GL1100

Post by keithg64 » Wed Aug 31, 2011 5:44 pm

Where the hose goes into the forks there is an "O" ring that could be leaking. If it was the forks or seal you would have an oil leak.
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Re: Leaking rear shock - GL1100

Post by littlebeaver » Sun Sep 04, 2011 1:28 am

You might want to put a little soap and water to the area that you think is leaking, Bubbling will accure at the leak.. I got sick of screwing with the stock air shocks and got the 412 series progressive shocks that I absolutely love, no more checking air pressure for me..Good product..

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