One Rear Air Shock?


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One Rear Air Shock?

Post by glk17l » Sat Oct 25, 2014 4:34 pm



I was just wondering why there is only one adjustable rear air shock on the 1500. Is it jus to raise and lower the bike, or for the load (weight) on the bike, or for handling, or for all three? Why not two like on the old wings?

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Re: One Rear Air Shock?

Post by ct1500 » Sun Oct 26, 2014 8:03 am

It is for ride height which allows proper suspension travel under different loaded conditions. Ride height and air pressure in shock will affect handling somewhat. Two OEM air shocks (without further refinement) would not supply rebound dampening required as currently done by the conventional shock in the split configuration.
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Re: One Rear Air Shock?

Post by Fatwing Chris » Sun Oct 26, 2014 8:43 am

You might want to check with Progressive.I think they have a 2 air shock set-up for the 1500.
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Re: One Rear Air Shock?

Post by re774c » Sun Oct 26, 2014 8:44 pm

I have two air shocks on my 1500.

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Re: One Rear Air Shock?

Post by wingpilot08 » Mon Oct 27, 2014 8:54 am

I just replaced my rear shock with Progressive 416's (dual coil over air shocks) Made a great difference in the ride....well worth the change!
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Re: One Rear Air Shock?

Post by glk17l » Mon Oct 27, 2014 5:59 pm

I thank every for the information. The shocks are fine, I was just wondering why the old GW had two air adjustable shocks and the new one had only one. So it is more for height adjustment, depending on the load. That helps me. I have short legs, LOL.



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