Advice on Shock replacement 92 Aspencade


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Advice on Shock replacement 92 Aspencade

Postby oldnco » Wed Nov 28, 2012 11:33 pm



Got a 92 Aspencade. bought it Sep 2011. Have done some operator maintenance on it, but nothing major, i.e.,forks, springs, shocks, wheel bearings, stem bearings, etc.. Was going to do the work myself over the winter, but when I talked to the my Honda shop folks, they quoted very reasonable rates on labor/parts, so thought I would have it done there. When I discussed that I wanted to replace the rear shocks with Progressive 416s, they recommended 412s for the following reasons:

1) Bike is getting older, and if the rear shock/air system goes bad on the road, for whatever reason, I am down for the count. With a 412 manual shock, that won't take place, ie, have eliminated one factor in the shock equation. Stated 412 shock will give just as good support as the 416.

2) Air compressor/air support systems are harder and harder to replace. I do see them on ebay regularly.

My gut tells me to stay with the 416s (only $30 more than 412s, but from past experience, I have found these guys to be straight shooters. I did ask for their recommendation based on their professional experience.

I have had 2 Wings with air over past 20 years and have never had any issues with the air shock system, however, this bike is 22 years old. They will replace which ever one I ask them to, however, just wanted to get some of you folks' feedback.

Appreciate any comments you may have.

Thanx
Bud



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Re: Advice on Shock replacement 92 Aspencade

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Nov 30, 2012 8:49 pm

I will be putting 416's on my GL1500 this winter. Even if you have an air system failure and lose all your air, the 416's are more than capable of supporting the bike on springs alone, with no air support - that is, assuming you aren't riding over huge bumps with a large load on your bike. If you do have a load - consider slowing down. But you certainly won't be out for the count.

Air compressor systems are common on eBay and other bike breaker sites. A LOT of GL1500's were manufactured - there will be a good supply of parts for many years to come.

Sounds to me like they happen to have some 412's in stock. :)

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Re: Advice on Shock replacement 92 Aspencade

Postby oldnco » Fri Dec 07, 2012 8:39 am

Thanx Wing-greatly appreciated.

Bud

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Re: Advice on Shock replacement 92 Aspencade

Postby Sempai » Wed Dec 12, 2012 10:57 pm

I literally just came in from the garage...where I just put some 416's on my '94 SE. I went with removing the saddlebags instead of doing the whole rear-end tilt technique and I had it done in less than 2 hours. It took very little effort.
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Re: Advice on Shock replacement 92 Aspencade

Postby detdrbuzzard » Thu Dec 13, 2012 7:26 am

i blew out the left rear shock on my 1500 last year and to get me through the season i put a used shock on. what a mistake but i got to take vacation on the wing. this spring i put the 416's on and i'm happy, handles much better and i don't need 48psi in the shock to support the bike and me
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Re: Advice on Shock replacement 92 Aspencade

Postby oldnco » Thu Dec 13, 2012 10:19 am

Sempai wrote:I literally just came in from the garage...where I just put some 416's on my '94 SE. I went with removing the saddlebags instead of doing the whole rear-end tilt technique and I had it done in less than 2 hours. It took very little effort.


Thanx Sempai-went ahead & had them done in the shop. Can't wait to get the beast back to ride with them on. Know they will make a world of difference.

Got other things to do to it once I get it back.
Safe journey.
Bud

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Re: Advice on Shock replacement 92 Aspencade

Postby oldnco » Thu Dec 13, 2012 10:21 am

detdrbuzzard wrote:i blew out the left rear shock on my 1500 last year and to get me through the season i put a used shock on. what a mistake but i got to take vacation on the wing. this spring i put the 416's on and i'm happy, handles much better and i don't need 48psi in the shock to support the bike and me


detdrbuzzard-had purchased a set of used shocks from a feller on the other forum, but just thought better of it on putting them on. Looking forward to seeing how the 416's hold up. Know will be a big improvement.
Thanx and Merry Christmas to you and yours!
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Re: Advice on Shock replacement 92 Aspencade

Postby bernasj » Tue Dec 18, 2012 6:10 pm

Have been reading the shock threads as of late because after replacing a leaking air tube to the right side shock it seems the solenoid will not operate now from the switch. Don't know if I want to play and was wondering if there is a non-air set of shocks on the market that will do the job as well. I am about 180# and the wife is------- much less. Appreciate any suggestions. Gday.




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