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replacement rear shocks

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Well I see from previous posts that I'm sure not alone in trying to find alternatives to the factory shocks. I ordered a used left one from ebay and when it came in it was basically junk. luckily the seller refunded my money. and as others seem to be thinking I'd rather just replace both with a set of spring shocks and set them kind of hard for solo and take whatever they give when my wife is on. but that's quite a change in load so it might not be a good option. anyway the progressive's that are advertised on ebay interest me even though they are more expensive than I would like but someone posted that they were Harley specific and would not work on the 1500. maybe I need to try harder to locate a good left spring shock that is serviceable and retain my right air shock


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It might be worth contacting Hagon shocks. Back when I was modifying my PC800, I needed some custom shocks. I talked with them and gave them the weight, length and travel specs I required, and they made the shocks to my specifications - and they were not too expensive. Hagon makes a set of shocks they sell for the GL1500, their part number is 34049SA
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Thanks for that tip- what I'm basically trying to do with this one is put this bike back into useable condition as cheaply as possible.at 73 I probably won't be riding a lot but I want to to be controllable and able to handle decently. I probably won't put 3,000 miles a year and don't try to lay it into the corners hard or push it like a lot of folks tend to do when they're younger.I've seen the 412's on ebay for around 350 and the seller claims they are a fit. probably that's about as expensive as I will go and if I can find something equal that fits at a lesser price I'll likely check them out.in fact if someone had a used set of the 412's they weren't happy with that weren't worn out I'd be interested on buying them if the price was right. I don't want to be stupid about using something that is not safe but at the same time trying to work on a fairly low budget. my air pump still works and the air shock does still hold air but I think the dampening is pretty well gone and I'd like to get that back. I found one set of aftermarket air shocks on ebay that sounded close but after messaging the seller and getting no reply- I expect either he is not trustworthy or not able to answer my questions about fit and the capacity of them so I would not want to purchase them even though they look like they would probably fit
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Re: replacement rear shocks

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If the right shock still holds air, it will work fine for you. It doesn't have any dampening because it is not really a shock. It's purpose in life is to adjust the height of the bike. The left shock is the dampener.

Finding Progressive 412's that will fit is a challenge. The shocks need to be 13.5 inches in length from eyelet to eyelet. Replacing the left shock and continue using the right shock is most likely the best all around scenario.

These are still listed on Ebay and one of these would be the way I would go if I were you:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/165213379841
https://www.ebay.com/itm/324935055190
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Well I finally heard back from the seller of the air shocks I saw on ebay but he wasn't very helpful. he just said please check the size chart and spring rate on the add, I did not feel at all confident that they would work out. I had previously ordered a used one from ebay and it had come in with damage to the spring from aparently running with the upper eye coming off the mount till there was significant wearing into the spring and the bushing worn to the point it fell out. I contacted him and he kindly refunded my money saying he had not looked at it before shipping. anyway I made a spring compressor and removed the spring from mine and it definitely had lost it's oil there was almost no dampening. I did the same with the one I purchased and the shock seemed to be good as far as that. so I was able to install my good spring and bushing into it and have it back on the bike.Thanks for the heads up about the right one not being a dampener but just an air lift. that gave me the incentive to go ahead with the fix.


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