lowering 1985 gl1200ltd goldwing


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lowering 1985 gl1200ltd goldwing

Postby hankvee » Fri Mar 18, 2016 9:48 am



wingAdmin suggested replacing rear shocks with shorted ones. Mine now are 14.25" center to center of mounting holes deflated. does anyone know what shorter shocks will fit this bike? Would like to go to 12.25" center to center if possible. thank you for any help i can get.



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Re: lowering 1985 gl1200ltd goldwing

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Mar 18, 2016 10:48 am

Two inches is an awful lot - you'll have to have much stiffer springs to compensate for the reduced suspension travel (in order to prevent bottoming out), which is going to make the bike ride very hard. Not very comfortable. Even the one inch I lowered my wife's bike resulted in a noticeably harder ride.

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Re: lowering 1985 gl1200ltd goldwing

Postby hankvee » Fri Mar 18, 2016 11:39 am

what shocks are compatable with my bike? do you have any idea? thank you hank

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Re: lowering 1985 gl1200ltd goldwing

Postby Rednaxs60 » Fri Mar 18, 2016 12:53 pm

Put these shocks on the back of my '85 LTD:

Progressive suspension rear shocks 1200 - 76-1206B
Progressive suspension rear shock springs - 76-1364B

Have the set on the softest setting for single and two up ring, work well. The only issue I have is that because of the length of these shocks, the rear wheel is still on the ground when using centre stand. Put a 1/2" board under centre stand to compensate. Can be installed with the shock on the softest setting and swing arm fully extended down. Don't miss the air ride on the rear.

Did the front forks as well with Race Tech springs and valves. No need to use air in front either.

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