Suspension improvement


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lance32
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Suspension improvement

Postby lance32 » Sun Jun 07, 2015 12:01 pm



I bought a 2002 GL1800, my first Goldwing, love it except suspension. I have read a lot on this forum on the subject, my first actions are to check anti dive is not stuck (which I think it is) then I will change the rear shock for a new one (model after 2012).
I found one new shock, year 2015, from a trike builder. It says "new, but missing the level sensor, which was used for the trike conversion".
What is the level sensor ?
Is it something I could easily remove from my old 2002 shock and install on the new 2015 ? would it be a waste to install an old part on a new shock ?

tx for any help and clarity you can provide

Phil



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Fatwing Chris
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Re: Suspension improvement

Postby Fatwing Chris » Sun Jun 07, 2015 1:32 pm

It'll be fine.Just go ahead and switch it over.
If I'da known it would last this long,I'da taken better care of it.
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Re: Suspension improvement

Postby thrasherg » Sun Jun 07, 2015 3:50 pm

But I believe even the latest goldwings are still under-sprung, the valving is better, but a new rear spring makes a world of difference and is not very expensive. Look at Progressive or other sites, but changing the rear spring on my 1800 just transformed the handling, it doesn't drag it's arse around, it sits at the correct height and corners beautifully. I don't think the original (earlier) shocks are that bad, but the spring is wrong on all 1800's and that is a cheap easy fix But you have to get the shock out of the bike to change the spring, and that is quite a job!! :o

Gary

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Re: Suspension improvement

Postby Fatwing Chris » Mon Jun 08, 2015 4:50 pm

Yes even the new ones aren't heavy enough,but the shock is definitely better.I went against everybodys advice and went ahead and just installed the stock 2013 shock/spring ass(money was tight).Wishing I would've installed an 1100 lb. aftermarket spring.The 1000 lb. is far better than the earlier 900 lb.,but still not enough.
If I'da known it would last this long,I'da taken better care of it.
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Re: Suspension improvement

Postby lance32 » Tue Jun 09, 2015 3:41 am

Thanks both for your answers and suggestions. Any comment on the missing LEVEL SENSOR ? I cannot figure out what this is.
tx for your help.

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Re: Suspension improvement

Postby PastoT » Mon Jun 22, 2015 4:37 pm

I'm pretty sure the level sensor is a rotary sensory that resides on the rear preset oil compressor cylinder. Its the only thing I've run across and I'd think it is the same basic design, I had my 2002 part in my hand when I filled my preload oil reservoir. From what I've seen from those who swapped the rear shock/spring our with a newer model the compressor, hose and shock are all connected and treated as a sealed system, the sensor could easily be left on the bike wire harness.
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Re: Suspension improvement

Postby lance32 » Tue Jun 23, 2015 2:37 am

Tx a lot Tom, very helpful




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