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wingthing88
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progressive suspension help

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Hi again everyone. I'm back with more dubious issues lol. My baby (88 1500) has been a little bouncy in the back and I needed to replace the rear tire so I thought I would pull the rear shocks and change the fluid while I was changing the tire. I have the progressive 416s so this should be fairly straight forward right? Wrong! I pull the right shock everything is fine I pull the left shock and the damper rod comes completely out the rod has come unscrewed from the damper. I can't afford a new set of 416s and progressive no longer list the 416 for the Goldwing so having gone through a recent life changing event, lost my job of 21+ years at 60 years old due to downsizing , I'm forced to rebuild this one or go with a non air suspension. Where does one find the new seals to rebuild this shock and does anyone have an exploded view or nomenclature of the progressive air shock? there is an inner seal that the damper rod goes through and of course the outer seal for the air side of it and a couple of O-ring seal on the top eye someplace within a couple of hundred miles of Indianapolis that I could get to today so I can have the bike up and running by Monday would be great. My new job doesn't pay as well as my old job and I'm forced to ride the bike (really had to twist my arm on that one) because it gets double the gas mileage of my truck.


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Ok. So I have worked all day on this shock and I'm going to have to get the credit card out of moth balls and buy new shocks. Progressive no longer list the air shocks for the wing. Can anyone tell me what Harley shocks fit the 88 GL1500. I don't want the shocks Progressive offers I want air shocks so I can adjust my ride as needed. Or is there an alternative manufacturer of air shocks for Goldwing?
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Re: progressive suspension help

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Progressive 416 air shocks for a GL1500 (1633 I think) are a different length than the ones made for HD and they are discontinued and next to impossible to find even used. The only other option that I know of is Hagon. Wingadmin and others on this site have high praise for them. There is a lot of info on this site about GL1500 rear shocks if you do a search.
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Re: progressive suspension help

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There are seal kits available for the Progressive 416 shock.
Look at this site: https://www.speedaddicts.com/motorcycle ... -2-30-5041
It is SKU: 44-5041, is in stock for $26 and ships with in 24 hours of ordering according to the web site.
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Ok I have spent the entire day online trying to find air shocks for my baby. Hagon website is "under construction" and nothing on the web indicates they make air shocks. I did some research and it looks like the Harley ultra has a 13.5in eye to eye and I measured the eye to eye on my factory original shocks and the distance is the same but there again progressive doesn't list them so I'm guessing they no longer make air shocks at all. The only option I can find is the factory air shock for 92 and up wing. The dealer website says it won't work on the 88 the only difference I see in the two is the 88 appears to be rebuildable but the parts are unavailable. My question now becomes are these shocks interchangeable. I'm done with progressive. I spent most of Saturday night trying to get the Progressive apart and have had no luck. The only thing wrong with my factory shock it leaks fluid and I liked the ride of the progressives better.
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Re: progressive suspension help

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The Progressive Suspension 416-1633GLA eye to eye measurement is 13.42".
The shocks are interchangeble and the length is the same from 1988 through 2000.

Amazon seal kits are available for $24.90 with free shipping.
https://www.amazon.com/Progressive-Susp ... B0081XZDHS

I have a set of instructions for the rebuild of the 416 air shocks in PDF format if you would like to have them. Send me a Private Message with your email address and I can forward the instructions to you.


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