Rear shock Progressive spring install


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DonP.
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Rear shock Progressive spring install

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After 10 months of procrastinating I tackled the Progressive rear spring install today. Had the bike torn down for other scheduled work. It was tough getting it out the bottom even with the tank raised slightly. But it helped gain access to the top 8mm allen bolt and 17mm nut.

You can see the new spring on the right in the pic below. Thicker wire and a little taller too. Managed the spring swap with info from another Goldwing owner using the floor jack and tie down strap method. Also serviced up the preload actuator with fresh oil.

Install back in the bike went easier and I noticed an increase in ride height. A few more things to clean up then put all the Tupperware back on and test ride.
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Very good, it's great when a plan comes together. I've done a few of the spring swaps and complete shock unit swaps but I've never done it without removing the fuel tank. Just doesn't take long to get it out of the way then everything is easy to get at. You probably won't need much preload if at all with the new spring.
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Just 4 bolts and raise the tank a few inches makes all the difference. The main issue is getting the bike high enough to get the shock out the bottom. Glad it's done! :)
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It shows how worn out the old spring is.
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I will be doing that myself soon.....Love your garage floor!! :D
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DonP,I just finished doing the same thing on my 2006. I opted to take the fuel tank out,seemed easier all around that way. I also installed progressive monotube suspension in the front forks. Took it for a test drive yesterday,huge difference,roads that typically bottomed me out at Max pressure we're smooth as silk. Unbelievable ride,thank you for sharing your pics. Keep the shiny side up!
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Goldwinger365, Congrats on your install! I too had installed the Progressive Monotubes in the forks, and the spring was the final touch. If I were to do it again I'd pull the tank and pull the shock out the top.
But what a difference the suspension work makes on the Goldwing! Very smooth and controlled with no bottoming or bouncing loaded up. Great mod and not very expensive compared to other choices. :)


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