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Maddogg
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rear shocks

Postby Maddogg » Sun Oct 06, 2013 3:51 pm



Ok, I'm confused. Does the goldwing gl1500 have a spring or air shocks, or both.Mine is a 1990 model. I know it has air shocks but I did'nt know about a spring. Is the spring for a softer ride? My ride is so rough. I feel every little bump and ding in the road. I figured it was the air shocks because they really don't have any give. Should I be looking at a spring to improve the ride? To get a softer ride? At first I thought I had too much air in the tires and that would make for a hard ride. But after checking the tires, I am right on the money. I also run about 10 lbs in the rear shocks. When I have a passenger I normally run about 45 lbs. Do these numbers sound about right? I know every person is different, but no matter how much, or little air, I can't smooth out the ride. If It needs a new spring, where can I get one? My wing has 82,000 miles on it and I don't know if the air shocks were ever changed. I bought it used. I have not been on wings for very long, so that is why I don't know about this. Thanks for any help you can give me.

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Re: rear shocks

Postby detdrbuzzard » Sun Oct 06, 2013 6:18 pm

the 1500 wings came with an air shock on theright and a spring shock on the left.a few years ago my wing started riding like a pogo stick because the spring shock was leaking. i replaced it with a used spring shock but it wasn't much better so last year i put the progressive 416 ( sold in pairs ) shocks on
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Re: rear shocks

Postby Fatwing Chris » Mon Oct 07, 2013 1:06 pm

I'm wondering if you have something binding up(swingarm,shock etc..)because I've never heard anyone say that the 1500 stock suspension was too stiff.IMHO the 1500 is the best riding of the Wings to date and If anything they complain about it being too mushy.Either you have something binding up or maybe someone has already put the 416's on it and they are too stiff.Also what kind of shape is the front suspension in?It can make a difference in the total ride.Wish my 1800 rode half as good as my 1500 did.
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Re: rear shocks

Postby detdrbuzzard » Mon Oct 07, 2013 5:08 pm

another question would be how much pressure do you have in the rear shock? if memory is right 56psi is maximum
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Re: rear shocks

Postby robb » Mon Oct 07, 2013 7:27 pm

Page 18 of Owners Manual shows 0-57psi under normal conditions. Don't know how long my shock will last, but because I'm short the rear sees 70psi frequently and is nothing to place on center stand. Once on center stand the air is irrelevant.

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Re: rear shocks

Postby Maddogg » Mon Oct 07, 2013 7:43 pm

Robb, you say you are short, but 70 psi in the rear shock would bring the bike higher off the ground making it harder for you to put your feet down flat. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought the more air you put in the rear shock the higher it goes.

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Re: rear shocks

Postby robb » Mon Oct 07, 2013 8:08 pm

70 psi to put bike on center stand. I ride with 10psi or less so feet are on ground.




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