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fcanary
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Shocks

Postby fcanary » Thu Sep 04, 2014 6:36 pm



I am planning to replace my rear shocks this winter. Any advise on air shocks vs. progressive?



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Re: Shocks

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Sep 04, 2014 8:07 pm

I put Progressive 416's on both my GL1100 and my GL1500, and was thrilled with both. Best of both worlds: progressive air shocks.

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Re: Shocks

Postby detdrbuzzard » Fri Sep 05, 2014 4:44 am

I put progressive 412 spring over shocks on my 1200 wing a few years ago and I find them to be very good shocks but I should have gotten the 416 shocks. to adjust the 412 shocks the saddle bags have to be removed to get to the adjusting collar and the 416 is way more adjustable just add or subtract air
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Re: Shocks

Postby jhngardner367 » Tue Sep 16, 2014 11:19 pm

Why not just rebuild the OEM shocks ?
I'm busier than a one-legged cat,in a sandbox !
I can't fix it,if it ain't broke...you want me to break it,first ???

Give me a Goldwing,...or give me Viagra,cuz either way, I'm gonna ride !

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Re: Shocks

Postby Damgaard » Wed Sep 17, 2014 4:45 am

I am rebuilding my leaking PS416 shocks. I need to know the specific oil ammount in 1 unit.

Honda OEM shocks have 259,5 cc in each damper unit....

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Re: Shocks

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Sep 18, 2014 1:06 pm

Damgaard wrote:I am rebuilding my leaking PS416 shocks. I need to know the specific oil ammount in 1 unit.

Honda OEM shocks have 259,5 cc in each damper unit....


Progressive 416's specify 2 oz Dexron II ATF in each shock: http://www.progressivesuspension.com/pd ... 68-100.pdf

The ATF is used solely for lubrication, not damping, so the amount isn't as critical as it is in other applications. I've remember reading that people had problems when they tried using ATF other than Dexron II, so it might be worth making sure that's what you use. I also remember reading that on heavier bikes, or bikes regularly carrying heavier loads, they are a bit smoother with more oil - 4 oz rather than 2 oz.

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Re: Shocks

Postby fcanary » Sat Sep 20, 2014 2:55 pm

I thought about rebuilding the shocks but I am not sure if all the parts are available. Plus the casing of my present shocks are rusty, not that they are visible, and to be honest I am not a mechanic. I can remove four nut and bolts to remove and replace the current shocks. Also I do not have a garage to do many time consuming repairs. But thanks for the great idea.

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Re: Shocks

Postby trike lady » Sat Sep 20, 2014 3:53 pm

Some have replaced aged Wing air shocks with HD Dresser take off air shocks. They are made by Showa also.
Trike shops may have them in storage.
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Re: Shocks

Postby Damgaard » Sun Sep 21, 2014 3:04 am

Yes you can rebuild the OEM shocks with a fine result.
If you need 2 new OEM seals: 91257MG9671 send a PM to me, because i ordered them and found out later, that mine has Progressiv Suspension Shocks 416 mounted. Just follow the Honda Manual instructions for seal repair and add 259,5 cc AFT oil.

If you need 2 new seals send a PM to me.

Lars :)




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