better springs for an 1800

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better springs for an 1800

Postby blundst » Mon Apr 01, 2013 1:09 pm

Are there any better springs for my 1800? I loved the how-to on front forks this month.

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Re: better springs for an 1800

Postby themainviking » Mon Apr 01, 2013 1:35 pm

Absolutely. Both Progressive and Traxxion are better than stock. Progressive are a bit less costly, and a bit less harsh. Progressive also have Monoshock front fork rebuild inserts for GL1800s and maybe for others also that are awesome. As far as the rear goes, if it is working, leave it alone. If it takes up to a 10 or 12 before the preload does anything, then it can be recharged, and the hose replaced by one from Traxxion which will make the preload system perform much better. You can also change the spring on the rear with either Progressive or Traxxion, once again, Progressive being less expensive and less harsh. You can also get Traxxion to do the whole job for you for bigger bucks, and then you have a truly competitive suspension, however, it will raise the bike about an inch to an inch and a half, and it will become quite firmly suspended. If I was 6'2" and had a 34" inseam, I would do exactly that.
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Re: better springs for an 1800

Postby thrasherg » Mon Apr 01, 2013 4:18 pm

As stated several companies offer better springs, I have traxxion fork springs and a traxxion rear shock& spring and love it. Much more compliant than the stock setup and actually allows the wing to corner without dragging its under carriage in every bend.. If you fit the traxxion fork springs, they do recommend disabling the anti dive on the front forks (Simple washer that goes inside the anti-dive unit)..


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