Original Rear Shocks Rebuildable?


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Original Rear Shocks Rebuildable?

Postby BikerNewsman » Thu Jul 24, 2014 2:31 pm



Are the original rear air shocks on a 1985 GL1200 LTD rebuildable? If so, where would I find instructions for doing so? A few days after completing a 3,000 (+) mile ride one of the shocks seal went out causing it to loose both air and oil. Thankfully it waited until I got home. I noticed on several parts sites the shock itself is no longer available, but seals, bolts etc. are. If it's not rebuildable I'm considering putting on "progressive" shocks since I've not been able to find a good used set of OEM's. Has anyone had any experience with these? I'm wondering if the manual adjustment is accessable behind the saddle bags.


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Re: Original Rear Shocks Rebuildable?

Postby BigBro » Thu Jul 24, 2014 10:57 pm

Rebuildable yes. You can buy new seals, progressive springs and even the damper sections.
There are a couple of tutorials on shock rebuilds I think there is even on this site.
The search tool should find it for you. an 1100 tutorial is almost completely the same.

If you cannot find it someone else should be along with a link on here or even another forum.

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Re: Original Rear Shocks Rebuildable?

Postby Ed Z » Thu Jul 24, 2014 11:06 pm

Having done this a few times and used the progressive products in em, I would not go that route again... I do have the rebuild instructions if ya want em (think it's a pdf document) ... Ya will need to make a spring compression tool to disassemble em... Also I would use 10 or 15 wt oil vise the ATF they call for... Just a good cleaning and a new seal will make them a whole new animal...

http://www.partzilla.com/parts/detail/h ... 9-671.html

I'd get the orings too #25 and #26...

http://www.partzilla.com/parts/search/H ... parts.html

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Re: Original Rear Shocks Rebuildable?

Postby BikerNewsman » Fri Jul 25, 2014 11:31 pm

Thanks to both of you! Yes, I'd love to have the rebuild instructions. :) If you can't send it to me here I can message you my email address.
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Re: Original Rear Shocks Rebuildable?

Postby Ed Z » Sat Jul 26, 2014 6:34 am

PDF is not allowed ... So will neeed ya to pm your email address

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Re: Original Rear Shocks Rebuildable?

Postby onthecoastofmaine » Sat Jul 25, 2015 9:20 pm

I would love the PDF on rear shock rebuild please

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Re: Original Rear Shocks Rebuildable?

Postby Ed Z » Sat Jul 25, 2015 10:24 pm

Can't send pdf on this board... PM me your email and I'll send it out to ya...

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Re: Original Rear Shocks Rebuildable?

Postby onthecoastofmaine » Sat Jul 25, 2015 10:32 pm


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Re: Original Rear Shocks Rebuildable?

Postby onthecoastofmaine » Sat Jul 25, 2015 10:35 pm

Bought an 85 aspy and it rides like a truck lol. Looks like all the oil is gone out of them. They do hold air very well

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Re: Original Rear Shocks Rebuildable?

Postby Ed Z » Sun Jul 26, 2015 8:21 am

If all they need is oil then ya don't have to remove the seal... Just compress the spring and unscrew the top mounting eye... Dump out the old oil and then add the new... I went with 15w fork oil and it made em much better... If yours is like a brick, then the dampers may have problems... The OEM can be flushed out but if ya got the Progress brand dampers, they are a sealed unit and nothing ya can do with those... I picked up a cheap set of used shocks off eBay when I did my rebuild...

Sent the pdf to your email...

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Re: Original Rear Shocks Rebuildable?

Postby fcanary » Sun Jul 26, 2015 6:07 pm

Cycle max has aftermarket replacement shocks. Not sure of the quality, but I think they are around $400.00. I have seen them on other sites as well for a few buck cheaper.




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