Shocks on a 1998 SE


Information and questions on GL1500 Goldwings (1988-2000)
  • Sponsored Links
Daniel Sirry
Posts: 3
Joined: Tue May 26, 2015 3:39 pm
Location: Blue Ridge VA
Motorcycle: 1998 Honda Gold Wing SE

Shocks on a 1998 SE

Postby Daniel Sirry » Tue May 26, 2015 3:48 pm



Good afternoon all.............I need to get some help. I am new to this board and I have been reading a lot of your comments and like what I hear. My issue is I need to replace my rear shocks on my 1998 and need directions on how to remove the saddle bags to get to the shocks. I have done most of my work on my Gold Wing myself but this is a little different. Any help would be greatly appreciated.



User avatar
ct1500
Posts: 813
Joined: Wed Nov 10, 2010 8:09 pm
Location: Glastonbury,CT
Motorcycle: 1988 GL1500
Contact:

Re: Shocks on a 1998 SE

Postby ct1500 » Tue May 26, 2015 6:15 pm

Go to the how-to articles heading for 1500 and look there for service procedures and disassembly.

Shocks are big $bucks$ why do yours need replacing?
This is what I do
Local and need repair help with your 1500, Valkyrie or ST please PM

User avatar
Mh434
Posts: 944
Joined: Tue Mar 25, 2014 10:24 pm
Location: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Motorcycle: 1997 gl1500 SE
Previous:
1981 GL1100I
1989 Kawasaki Concours

Re: Shocks on a 1998 SE

Postby Mh434 » Tue May 26, 2015 8:18 pm

The process for removing the saddlebags can be found in the DIY article on "removing the rear wheel of a GL1500" (I just did this a week ago). Removing the bags is fairly simple - 4 small bolts each, the plastic latch-operating hook in each bag, and the compressor hose in the right bag (if so-equipped). You'll also need to remove the tray under the trunk, I believe, plus the pop-off side panels, as the front of the saddlebags have the grommets these plug into. All told, saddlebags should take around 1/2 hour to remove.

User avatar
WingAdmin
Site Admin
Posts: 17050
Joined: Fri Oct 03, 2008 4:16 pm
Location: Strongsville, OH
Motorcycle: 2000 GL1500 SE
1982 GL1100A Aspencade (sold)
1989 PC800 (wife's!)
1998 XV250 Virago (sold)
2007 Aspen Sentry Trailer

Re: Shocks on a 1998 SE

Postby WingAdmin » Wed May 27, 2015 7:58 am

Yes, you'll find the bag removal/replacement procedure as part of this article: viewtopic.php?f=14&t=11395

I replaced my shocks with Progressive 416's, both on my GL1100 and GL1500, and on both bikes it improved handling and ride.

Daniel Sirry
Posts: 3
Joined: Tue May 26, 2015 3:39 pm
Location: Blue Ridge VA
Motorcycle: 1998 Honda Gold Wing SE

Re: Shocks on a 1998 SE

Postby Daniel Sirry » Wed May 27, 2015 8:13 am

Ok that sounds pretty straight forward. I am going to start tonight. As for why I am putting new shocks on the bike it is because I had new tires on the bike a couple of weeks ago and the mechanic showed me that the shock had oil all around the shock. Yes they are big bucks but the bike only has 45,000 miles on it and looks like brand new. And I am not ready to move up to a 1800 just yet. Thank you for the information I am sure it will help.

User avatar
WingAdmin
Site Admin
Posts: 17050
Joined: Fri Oct 03, 2008 4:16 pm
Location: Strongsville, OH
Motorcycle: 2000 GL1500 SE
1982 GL1100A Aspencade (sold)
1989 PC800 (wife's!)
1998 XV250 Virago (sold)
2007 Aspen Sentry Trailer

Re: Shocks on a 1998 SE

Postby WingAdmin » Wed May 27, 2015 10:06 am

Oil seeping out of a shock just means the seal needs to be replaced. If you want, you can rebuild the shock rather than replace it - which is much cheaper.

Aloha Tom
Posts: 13
Joined: Mon Mar 09, 2015 11:20 pm
Location: Stockton Ca USA
Motorcycle: just got a 1994 SE, selling 86 VT1100

Re: Shocks on a 1998 SE

Postby Aloha Tom » Wed May 27, 2015 11:13 am

the stock LEFT side- normal oil- coil over shock that comes on the Wing (at least my 94) at 120Kmiles mine does not leak oil but has obvious problems absorbing bumps and transitions. The right side `ride leveling` air shock is touchy about low pressure setting and holding exact pressure but appears to work. ??

Yes the `dual air shocks with spring backup inside` progressive 416s are $$$ but its riding on air- pillow soft if desired or loaded with trailer tough.

Who has found the best price on them? please PM me!
shopping now after 2 failed attempts with purchasing USED 416s DO NOT try to buy used air shocks- low paid help at shipper may not know to cover the fitting and allow all the oil to spill out. The center rod in them likes to come loose and first sits a little above the chrome top, and will eventually blow apart!!! I have pics of unit that showed up already blown apart with rod completely free of the body!
The first used units were coming undone from inside and would fail soon = a 1/4 inch gap was between chrome top part and the black mounting hardware section, according to a Wing guru shop and Progressive :o
Now I am going new.... with warranty~
Again,,, If you found a great deal recently or maybe you can sell to me from your store at great price...Please contact me :D

User avatar
Uncle Fester
Posts: 1003
Joined: Tue Jun 26, 2012 6:21 pm
Location: Bethany, Ok, right off Route 66 !
Motorcycle: 1996 GL-1500 Cali model 'Wing, blue in color, named Ol'Blue

Re: Shocks on a 1998 SE

Postby Uncle Fester » Wed May 27, 2015 5:40 pm

Just a goofy question, but is it possable to put a stock REAL shock on both sides, eliminating the "air shock" ?
Reputation is what other people know about you. Honor is what you know about yourself. Our stress about it happens when the two aren't the same. Be true to yourself and to hell with what everyone else thinks!

Image

User avatar
WingAdmin
Site Admin
Posts: 17050
Joined: Fri Oct 03, 2008 4:16 pm
Location: Strongsville, OH
Motorcycle: 2000 GL1500 SE
1982 GL1100A Aspencade (sold)
1989 PC800 (wife's!)
1998 XV250 Virago (sold)
2007 Aspen Sentry Trailer

Re: Shocks on a 1998 SE

Postby WingAdmin » Thu May 28, 2015 9:17 am

Uncle Fester wrote:Just a goofy question, but is it possable to put a stock REAL shock on both sides, eliminating the "air shock" ?


You certainly could, but I don't know how well it would ride. I'm not sure what the preload is on that spring, and how much it depends on the air shock. You could end up with a rock hard back end, or with a sagging back end...or somewhere in between. It would most likely be overdamped as well, as the bike is designed from the factory to have the damping of just the one shock - so that is going to affect the ride negatively as well.

Aloha Tom
Posts: 13
Joined: Mon Mar 09, 2015 11:20 pm
Location: Stockton Ca USA
Motorcycle: just got a 1994 SE, selling 86 VT1100

Re: Shocks on a 1998 SE

Postby Aloha Tom » Thu May 28, 2015 10:20 am

YES there are several `dual` oil shock options for the Wing, just like a regular motorcycle would run
Progressive has the 412 iirc, very nice `normal` oil shock with easy preload adjustments for pre-trip adjustment
Other makers are doing things as well, if they can support a Harley bagger/cruiser they will handle a Wing
with choices from 1 up street soft to heavy load support for 2 up cruising

Its the age old question, do I go full out $$ and dual air shocks, or go dual oil shocks and accept their limitations?
OR upgrade the stock oil shock to newer better technology and leave the stock air shock- as long as it just needs minor maintenance with fresh oil and seals

The normal 2 oil shocks work fine for the average/healthy rider, those with special comfort needs from back or neck injuries may prefer the dual air system :D




Return to “GL1500 Information & Questions”




Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests