Rear Shock Options


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Rear Shock Options

Postby Uncle Fester » Sun Jul 27, 2014 6:50 pm



HELP !

My rear suspension is a little softer than I would like, so it is time to upgrade . This will be done over the winter down time by me, so I have some time to research the options.

I am a "big boy" at 6'2" tall and 300 lbs, then add the wife at 130ish and we load the bike down pretty good, even when just day to day riding with no gear to speak of. On a trip. . . . yeah. To help lighten the load on trips, we are investing in a small trailer (less weight on the bike its self), so that should help some.

I have looked in to the Progressive 416s at about $320.00 for a set, or stock for $230.00 a pair ( If I read the site right ). re there any other options ? Not really interested in the 412s, as I want AIR adjustability, but they are not 100 % out of the running either. . .

If these are my only real choices, what would you guys suggest for me/us ?


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Re: Rear Shock Options

Postby wing in atlanta » Sun Jul 27, 2014 11:46 pm

I too am reserching rear shocks. What I have found most people say, to go with the 416. You change to the 416 and enjoy the ride. That is what I'm putting on in the winter.

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Re: Rear Shock Options

Postby wingpilot08 » Mon Jul 28, 2014 8:14 am

Just put on the 416's over the weekend....need to take a good ride to feel the difference...that should happen this week!
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Re: Rear Shock Options

Postby Wingsconsin » Mon Jul 28, 2014 11:16 am

I also tip the scales at slightly over 300# -
I installed the 450 IAS shock from Progressive a few years ago.
Sadly it is no longer available - the 416s are the next best choice -
I wanted a shock that would support me if I had no air - the 416s are air shocks so you need to be careful about air lines.
But these are the best option to us GL1500 owners today -- Will be one of the best upgrades you have made to your Wing..
Also do the front springs with Progressives or Sonic Springs (straight rate but rated for your weight at 1.2 Kg/mm)

I just did my GS850GL this past weekend - New fork seals, oil and springs - My 'Wing should ride so well.... :|

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Re: Rear Shock Options

Postby Uncle Fester » Mon Jul 28, 2014 11:27 am

I do plan on the front springs also, but will have a shop do those for me ( aprox $300 ), and will do the rear shocks my self. Looks like I will go with the 416s, unless I decide to give up the air, then will go 412s, but I really do not see that happening. . . .but maybe.


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