New Progressive 416 Shocks


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New Progressive 416 Shocks

Postby wingpilot08 » Thu Jul 24, 2014 7:03 am



Just ordered and will install this weekend (maybe?!?) a new set of Progressive Suspension 416's (dual air/coil over) shocks. I had not thought of changing out until just recently. The stock shocks "seemed" to be okay, but been noticing some bottoming out recently...looking forward to tearing the wing apart..again! Looks like it should be straight forward changing them out...but as always, are there any words of advice from those who have already made the change (and did it themselves)?


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Re: New Progressive 416 Shocks

Postby Dusty Boots » Thu Jul 24, 2014 7:31 am

Pretty straight forward job.

Just be careful when you unpackage the 416s. Do not remove the plastic cap over the air fitting unless the shock is in a vertical position, or you will lose shock fluid! DAMHIKT! :roll:

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Re: New Progressive 416 Shocks

Postby wingpilot08 » Thu Jul 24, 2014 7:44 am

Dusty Boots wrote:Pretty straight forward job.

Just be careful when you unpackage the 416s. Do not remove the plastic cap over the air fitting unless the shock is in a vertical position, or you will lose shock fluid! DAMHIKT! :roll:


Thanks Dusty..this is what I was looking for!!
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Re: New Progressive 416 Shocks

Postby OnPapasWing » Thu Jul 24, 2014 11:15 am

Dusty Boots wrote:Pretty straight forward job.

Just be careful when you unpackage the 416s. Do not remove the plastic cap over the air fitting unless the shock is in a vertical position, or you will lose shock fluid! DAMHIKT! :roll:


Are we speaking from experience?? :P

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Re: New Progressive 416 Shocks

Postby wingpilot08 » Thu Jul 24, 2014 11:37 am

OnPapasWing wrote:
Dusty Boots wrote:Pretty straight forward job.

Just be careful when you unpackage the 416s. Do not remove the plastic cap over the air fitting unless the shock is in a vertical position, or you will lose shock fluid! DAMHIKT! :roll:


Are we speaking from experience?? :P


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Re: New Progressive 416 Shocks

Postby Wingsconsin » Thu Jul 24, 2014 2:04 pm

The New Shocks will be one of the best things you've ever done to your Wing.

I installed the 450 IAS several years ago - It is the single shock system and you retain your OEM air suspension on the other side.
These are no longer available and the 416s are a great choice for now.
Be very conscious about where you run the air lines because they will both leak down and ruin your day if it gets pinched and cracked, sliced or cut.

I remember fighting the air side shock as we leveraged the rear tire up to line up the bolt hole , but it was doable and if you are doing both sides...no issues.

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Re: New Progressive 416 Shocks

Postby Uncle Fester » Thu Jul 24, 2014 7:07 pm

I am not familiar with these shocks, looked at the site, it looks like these shocks BOTH have air and spring ? Is this correct ? If so, sounds like what I need as when we ride two up, we have some minor bottoming issues . . .
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Re: New Progressive 416 Shocks

Postby redial » Thu Jul 24, 2014 7:55 pm

we have some minor bottoming issues . . .


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Re: New Progressive 416 Shocks

Postby OnPapasWing » Fri Jul 25, 2014 5:18 am

wingpilot96 wrote:
OnPapasWing wrote:
Dusty Boots wrote:Pretty straight forward job.

Just be careful when you unpackage the 416s. Do not remove the plastic cap over the air fitting unless the shock is in a vertical position, or you will lose shock fluid! DAMHIKT! :roll:


Are we speaking from experience?? :P


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Yes it does. Not very familiar with all the acronyms. :oops: My bad. Thanks for the lesson. ;)

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Re: New Progressive 416 Shocks

Postby wingpilot08 » Fri Jul 25, 2014 8:10 am

Uncle Fester wrote:I am not familiar with these shocks, looked at the site, it looks like these shocks BOTH have air and spring ? Is this correct ? If so, sounds like what I need as when we ride two up, we have some minor bottoming issues . . .

Yep, the new 416's are dual coil-over air shocks..can't wait to install them! Maybe I'll do a pictorial of the install!
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Re: New Progressive 416 Shocks

Postby rottiman » Fri Jul 25, 2014 3:29 pm

Put them on my 88 last winter. Have put about 3000 miles on them so far this year. I really like them. We do a lot of 2 up riding. I run 25 lbs, solo and 50 lbs. 2 up. They were simple to install, just follow their instruction sheet. Actual install on the shocks themselves was about a half hour. Had all the tupperware off for major servicing and trailer hitch install already. Had also installed progressive front springs as well. Made a huge difference in ride and handling. I'm happy,happy,happy...........

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Re: New Progressive 416 Shocks

Postby Dusty Boots » Fri Jul 25, 2014 5:35 pm

Getting the bottom right shock bolt lined up in the final drive gear housing can be a bit finicky! :x

Just take your time

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Re: New Progressive 416 Shocks

Postby wingpilot08 » Sat Jul 26, 2014 3:27 pm

Shocks installed and holding pressure...need to take a ride now...sorry ..no pictorial...it was a easy job to complete!!


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