Anyone Ever Switched From Air Shocks to Just Shocks??

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Anyone Ever Switched From Air Shocks to Just Shocks??

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Just curious if anyone has switched from Air Shocks to just plain Shocks? Hows the ride? was it worth it?

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Re: Anyone Ever Switched From Air Shocks to Just Shocks??

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I replaced my OEM shocks with Progressive 412 shocks. I'm happy with them. If anything they're a bit stiffer than I would like. I'd imagine they'd be fine for two-up
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Re: Anyone Ever Switched From Air Shocks to Just Shocks??

Post by Rednaxs60 »

I changed from the OEM rear air shocks to Progressive on my '85 Limited Edition just after I purchased it in 2015. Changed the from end for Race Tech fork springs and RT Emulators. Liked the change, and was worth it. The rear shocks worked well for solo and two up riding on the stiffest setting. Replaced the rear shocks this year with a set of Hagon shocks with a remote preload adjuster. PITA to change shock settings because of the saddlebags. Only downside is the ride height increased by about 1", and when on the centre stand the rear wheel still touched the floor.

Would recommend a set of non-air shocks for your riding style/profile. Caveat - not inexpensive.

Get a shock that has a rebound adjustment so you can dial it in so to speak for your riding requirements.

If not keeping the bike for the long haul, rebuild the OEM shocks. Least expensive option.
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Re: Anyone Ever Switched From Air Shocks to Just Shocks??

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I switched from the old leaky progressive 416s that the bike had to a new set of 412s maybe 5k miles ago. I’m 5-10 and 250lbs. I set the static sag with the fourth preload setting at about a half inch. Also changed to the progressive fork springs (plus air pressure at 20psi).

Very happy with their performance.

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Post by jbwallace »

I recently replaced the OEM rear shocks on my ‘80 GL1100 with progressive shocks. The old ones were leaking all over and were causing me to bottom out over little bumps. I paid about 200 dollars for the new ones and they are totally worth it. They are still a bit stiff cuz they are so new, but I expect them to soften a bit as I ride more.

I guess it really comes down to what kind of ride you are looking for. My new shocks aren’t as adjustable and soft, but way more reliable. The old ones were quite soft and comfy, but a lot of maintenance. Overall, I’m happy with the change
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Re: Anyone Ever Switched From Air Shocks to Just Shocks??

Post by t2oldbikes »

Replaced the leaky Progressive air shocks with a set of heavy duty Progressive 412s. Set on the 2nd or 3rd preload they work fine and the increased height is nice. There are different springs available to bring them in for different weights; inquire if you buy. I will likely put in a fresh set of fork springs to better match the rear if I keep the bike but I am really happy with the choice.

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