Leaking Rear Shock


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Leaking Rear Shock

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Took out our newly acquired 89' GL1500 w/air suspension this past weekend. When we parked her, noticed a puddle under the rear wheel which turns out to be from the right rear shock.
Any advice? I've read some posts out there where users have said that some leakage is "normal", find that hard to believe. Besides, this was more than "a little" in this case.
Is my only option to replace with a Progressive air shock for this model?
Appreciate your two cents as always!

Thanks



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Re: Leaking Rear Shock

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No leakage is "normal" or acceptable.

Either rebuild the shock, installing new seals, or replace with Progressive 416's (which is what I plan to do, simply because it improves the ride so much).

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WingAdmin wrote:No leakage is "normal" or acceptable.

Either rebuild the shock, installing new seals, or replace with Progressive 416's (which is what I plan to do, simply because it improves the ride so much).
My rear shocks just bit the dust. The dealer doesn't seem to offer a rebuild "kit" for them, which is what I'd love to do. I know they require adaptation to connect to the factory air, but are the Pro416's a direct physical replacement? I helped a friend remove/replace a rear tire on his GL1500SE that had some aftermarket airshocks on it (I hadn't taken notice of what brand they were,) and we had a helluva time reinstalling the shock mount when we were going back together. I'd very much like to avoid that as I do all my own work, usually alone, lol.
Keep the rubber side down.

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When I replaced my shocks on my 1100 with Progressive 416's, they were a direct, bolt-in replacement. I understand the same is true for the 1500 - I'll find out for sure this winter. :)

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WingAdmin wrote:When I replaced my shocks on my 1100 with Progressive 416's, they were a direct, bolt-in replacement. I understand the same is true for the 1500 - I'll find out for sure this winter. :)
I think I may just call that dude up and ask him what shocks he has on his 1500. Whatever they are...I am going to AVOID them at all costs.


...Just got off the phone with him. He says they were in fact Progressive, but he couldn't remember the model number, and he sold the bike a coupla weeks ago, so I'll not be able to see for myself what they were. I think I'll persue trying to find rebuild kits for my factory shocks...worse comes to worse, perhaps I'll just order the individual parts?
Keep the rubber side down.

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Re: Leaking Rear Shock

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Would like to know if Valkyrie rear shock will work in place of OEM GL1500 shock (not the air one).



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