air shocks

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air shocks

Post by mrwoodboat » Fri Sep 11, 2009 1:10 pm

Hi I have a 94 Gl1500 which is new to me- it came with a Voyager kit installed and I removed it this week. I rode to work today and noticed how harsh the rear suspension is. Checked the air pressure in the rear and the dash said 4 psi so I pump it up to 36 and it leaks about as quick as I pump it up- you can watch the numbers dropping...My question is this- is there a "known" problem in the air shock system or do I need to strip the bags and all off and do a soapy water bath and look for leaks in the lines? IF it is the shock, are there rebuild kits out there for it or do I need to look for a replacement shock? Thanks folks

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Re: air shocks

Post by WingAdmin » Fri Sep 11, 2009 2:31 pm

I would do the soapy water check FIRST, just to make sure you don't go rebuilding something that doesn't need to be rebuilt.

But yes, if the shock is leaking air, there are rebuild kits, that basically contain new seals. Do you know if you have original Honda shocks, or have they been replaced with Progressives (or others)? You'll need to know that before sourcing a rebuild kit.

New shocks are not cheap, so if you are at all handy with tools, it's worth the time rebuilding what you have.

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