1982 GL1100A Aspencade shock replacements?

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1982 GL1100A Aspencade shock replacements?

Post by bearbozerz »

Hi all!

I'm new here and this forums has helped me tremendously!!! I was wondering what are the best shocks to replace my stock rear air shocks? Ive read some but only see things dealing with the air shocks. Im taking the Air system off the bike. Any help would be appreciated!!!

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Re: 1982 GL1100A Aspencade shock replacements?

Post by Wilcoy02 »

For about $75.00 you can refurbish your shocks.

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Post by Overdog »

I put Progressive 412 (non-air) on my 83. They were $234 (I think). I'm happy with the ride and handling.
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Post by willy b »

Not sure, but I think you need to replace your front springs as well if you delete the air system. If you have some mechanical ability, and I'm sure you do, you can rebuild fronts and rears in about a day. Well worth it, Cost me a couple hundred bucks to do everything, (canadian) way cheaper than Progressives.
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Re: 1982 GL1100A Aspencade shock replacements?

Post by Joneszy »

Might help a bit to know why you are taking the air shocks off? Maybe you are stripping the bike or they are worn out or you want a custom setup or?
I stripped my 83 Aspencade and dumped the compressor, air switches etc but kept the air shocks and air assist in the front fork assembly. All that was required after taking the compressor lines off was 2 schrader valve adapters (the stock valve is available from Honda Parts Nation or Partzilla etc. and you really only need one as there is one available from the compressor you will be removing) and I can manually adjust the oem front suspension and rear suspension independently with a hand pump.
Also if you are removing the shocks due to a crapped out compressor/ switch system there are quite a few available from folks like me who have gone the naked bike route.
Just a few thoughts.

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