We're too big for two up!


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Squatchmo
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We're too big for two up!

Post by Squatchmo » Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:04 pm



My wife and I took a little ride on our 86 Aspy over the weekend. It was fun, but I noticed the rear suspension didn't like us riding two-up. It seems the compressor fills the shocks up just fine, and they seem to hold air just fine, but I think we're just too much for them. Sooo....

I am looking at purchasing some Progressives. I know they are likely the best, and oh boy does the price reflect that. A couple of questions:

1) Is is pretty easily to replace them? I've worked on my own bikes off and on for several decades, but I've never replaced shocks before and I've never had a Wing before. This thing has lots of Tupperware, so I would assume that's the most time-consuming part of this endeavor..? Is there a tutorial video somewhere?

2) What size of 416's do I get? I notice they come in different eye-to-eye lengths.

3) Does anyone sell them for less than 450 bucks??? That's 1/4 of the price I paid for the bike last week...!

Thanks in advance for any info you can provide!



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Re: We're too big for two up!

Post by twocams » Thu Nov 09, 2017 12:55 am

Only advice I have is make sure when mounting the right lower shock eye. Dont strip out the aluminum shock mount on the differential housing. Start straight and torque. Had to put a heli coil in mine, thanks to PO. :shock: You may want to check the max load for your bike. My girlfriend and I cant ride all of my bikes...... together.

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Re: We're too big for two up!

Post by julimike54 » Fri Nov 10, 2017 10:39 am

I have 416 14.25" long shocks. Run very close to max air psi and it handles the over weight condition.
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Re: We're too big for two up!

Post by Rednaxs60 » Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:35 pm

I have Progressive rear non-air shocks on my '85 LTD - 14.5" eye to eye. Works great two up or solo on max with gear. Drop it down one notch for daily riding solo or two up.

The shocks are:

76-1206B - Shocks 12 Series
76-1364B - spring black

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Re: We're too big for two up!

Post by Fatwing Chris » Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:06 pm

Squatchmo wrote:
Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:04 pm
My wife and I took a little ride on our 86 Aspy over the weekend. It was fun, but I noticed the rear suspension didn't like us riding two-up. It seems the compressor fills the shocks up just fine, and they seem to hold air just fine, but I think we're just too much for them. Sooo....

I am looking at purchasing some Progressives. I know they are likely the best, and oh boy does the price reflect that. A couple of questions:

1) Is is pretty easily to replace them? I've worked on my own bikes off and on for several decades, but I've never replaced shocks before and I've never had a Wing before. This thing has lots of Tupperware, so I would assume that's the most time-consuming part of this endeavor..? Is there a tutorial video somewhere?

2) What size of 416's do I get? I notice they come in different eye-to-eye lengths.

3) Does anyone sell them for less than 450 bucks??? That's 1/4 of the price I paid for the bike last week...!

Thanks in advance for any info you can provide!
Are you adjusting the air pressure in the shocks per the instructions in the operating handbook.If I remember right they should be adjusted on the center stand not with the weight of the bike on them.Will make a big difference inn the max pressure.


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