Rear air shock lower bushing


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Rear air shock lower bushing

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So I decided to change the fluid in my rear shock today, and even made sure I had access to a new shock boot if needed (a Monroe SA1997), but when I got the rear shock off, I found this:


I thought I was feeling a little clunk or something, especially when putting the bike up on the center stand, not sure if this is it or not.
No actual part number listed online of course, but searching here, I found this topic that says bushing # 52489-HNO-671 from a Valkyrie interstate fits, but when I look up the part online, it shows part # 52489-MW3-305 (which is for a VTX1800, which I also heard fits).
Is the xxx-305 part just an updated part number for this or do they both work?
Either way, it will not be till tomorrow that I get it done since no shop is open today, and not even sure if any local places have one.

BTW, here is what the fluid that came out looked like:


It looks like the Dr Pepper that I just drank. Not sure on the exact volume yet, will measure later.
Edit: it was right about 100 ml:

Now on to the air compressor dessicant... (edit: I did not get to it, had to fix wiring after removing trailer hitch and wiring harness)


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Re: Rear air shock lower bushing

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Ron Ayres https://www.ronayers.com/oemparts/parts ... 89-mw3-305
Has the part supposedly. Price is under $5.
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Re: Rear air shock lower bushing

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I am hoping my local Honda dealer has it, but is closed and no online check, so will call tomorrow. Just not sure if it matters which bushing I get (I don't think it does from what I have read).
Luckily there are several Honda dealers within 30 miles of me as well if my local one does not have it, one of them should.
I also found that O'Reilly now charges $15 for the Monroe SA1997 shock boot. I can get it cheaper online, but it will take 4-5 days, and I don't feel like waiting.
Now if I have to order the bushing, then I may as well order the boot.
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Re: Rear air shock lower bushing

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The VTX bushing is polyurethane NOT rubber and lasts far longer than the Valkyrie specific bushing - ask any Valk owner!

We buy them from Redeye

https://redeye.ecrater.com/p/18385698/r ... -kit-ver-2
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Re: Rear air shock lower bushing

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OK, so I picked up a new bushing (#52489-MW3-305) and a new shock boot (NAPA # SA1997), and added the ATF (I used Max-life ATF, it is what I had open and handy) and got it all together.
One question though, was I supposed to use the metal sleeve that was with the old one?
The one I pulled out had one, but no way was the sleeve going to fit in the new bushing, the bolt itself was a very tight fit even with some lube on it.
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Re: Rear air shock lower bushing

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If it is a HONDA rubber bushing, I think it is supposed to have a sleeve, but the parts manual doesn't show it. You are probably good without it.
If it is a polyurethane bushing, you will not need the bushing.
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Re: Rear air shock lower bushing

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MikeB wrote: Tue Aug 24, 2021 9:48 pm If it is a HONDA rubber bushing, I think it is supposed to have a sleeve, but the parts manual doesn't show it. You are probably good without it.
If it is a polyurethane bushing, you will not need the bushing.
It is a poly bushing.
Like I said, I don't think the bushing I that was in the old one would fit, I had to sand the bolt a little to make it fit.
I still have the bushing if it must be in there, and I can always "make" it fit, but it seems to be fine as is.


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