Non-Air shocks


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bernasj
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Non-Air shocks

Postby bernasj » Wed Dec 19, 2012 4:11 pm



I was wondering if there are any non-air shocks for the GL1500 out there that anyone would recommend. My wife and I are not large persons. Seems that this item is difficult to find online or at JP or elsewhere.. Thanx.



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regwal
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Re: Non-Air shocks

Postby regwal » Wed Dec 19, 2012 11:22 pm

Why do you want to get rid of the air shock?

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Re: Non-Air shocks

Postby redial » Thu Dec 20, 2012 2:30 am

Have you thought about Progressive 416? They come as a pair, and from my reading (but no actual experience) they handle the weight a lot better. They come as a pair, and seem to cost about $300 for the pair.
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Re: Non-Air shocks

Postby bernasj » Thu Dec 20, 2012 8:34 am

regwal wrote:Why do you want to get rid of the air shock?

I guess I tired of the maintenance needed to keep the air system in good operation. Last procedure involving the compressor i.e. new dessicant, o-rings and the like, and a replacement of the hose to the shock the solenoid or whatever would not open and allow the shock to fill. As I was nearing a trip to NM, I had to put er back together. I ride year round so don't typically put it up for the winter.

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Re: Non-Air shocks

Postby bernasj » Thu Dec 20, 2012 8:36 am

redial wrote:Have you thought about Progressive 416? They come as a pair, and from my reading (but no actual experience) they handle the weight a lot better. They come as a pair, and seem to cost about $300 for the pair.

From what I see on their website the 416 is an air shock. Am I missing something? Thanks for your time.

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Re: Non-Air shocks

Postby Sempai » Thu Dec 20, 2012 10:30 am

The 416 shocks are, in fact, air shocks. I just installed a pair on my '94 SE...TOTALLY worth the $326 I spent.
Firstly, they are a direct replace item, no hard modifications for any mounting of these shocks is necessary.
Secondly, the modifying needed to add the air line splitter and the subsequent air lines is super minimal, a pair of wire dikes and a 9/16 wrench is all you'll need for that.
Thirdly, the system functions with ZERO air pressure in the system, and if you put a trailer on it, or pick up a fat hitchhiker, you can always add up to 100psi int these shocks.


Keep the rubber side down.


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