1999 GL1500SE Clunks or Bottoms Out


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1999 GL1500SE Clunks or Bottoms Out

Postby Ty.N.Ter » Sat Oct 02, 2010 3:47 pm



My 1500 was fit with a Progressive 450 shock last year. After about 500 miles, the bike sounds and feels like it is bottoming out on even small bumps. The air shock was at 45 psi. This happens with one or two riders. The lower shock mount bolt on the Progressive is not a tight machine fit. It has play and could account for some of the noise and feel...not sure. Any advice is appreciated. I've pulled the shocks off and need to determine if I just put it back together or not....nothing obvious other than the fit.



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Re: 1999 GL1500SE Clunks or Bottoms Out

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Oct 04, 2010 1:20 pm

I've never seen a shock mounted that had visible free play, and I know Progressive shocks typically come with various sizes of sleeve inserts that let you adjust to make sure the shock mounts tightly. Is it possible it was mounted without the sleeve?

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Re: 1999 GL1500SE Clunks or Bottoms Out

Postby Ty.N.Ter » Tue Oct 05, 2010 2:32 pm

Thank you very much for your feedback. The sleeve/insert is installed. There is some clearance, not like a machine fit though. I spoke with the gentleman that has done the work on my bike and he indicated that there is some clearance but very little unless the sleeve is damaged. He gave me a few things to look at and try which I have done without finding anything obvious.

I just finished putting everything back together yesterday with the Progressive shock at the minimum setting and the air shock at 55 psi. I've aired the tires and tightened a few accessory fasteners found loose and everything seems to be sounding and feeling better with just me on the bike. I'm going to try a longer ride and then together with my wife and see what we get. Thanks again.


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