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As I am waiting for the new thermostat, to finish the cooling system, another issue

popped up, and thought i would ask for an opinion. This bike does not have a compressor, but an air tank, with a value stem. It was not holding air to the rear shocks, so i replaced the valve stem, and tightened, still not holding air. which leads me to eventually check the hoses to the shocks, and the culprit, probably the shocks themselves. So here are the questions.

1. are there rebuild kits for the factory shocks and are they worthwhile? Where would you find them?

2. What about an aftermarket, bolt in, non air shock, and forget that all together?

And where would you find them?

opinions please, I am sure someone has dealt with this before.

I hear those bad reports on progressives by the way, so what about other companies?

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New seals should allow the shocks to hold air just fine.

I had Progressives on my 1200 and now have them on my 1500 and like them. No problems with either set. They were the air/spring 416s.

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exavid, did you notice any raising of the seat height with the progressive rear shocks?

I try to ride with as little air in my system as possible, I still have my rear Honda 85 aspy shocks but the front springs have been replaced with progressives, the bike seems to handle better at lower speeds with less air in the shocks. If I put lots of air in the rear it seems to sort of wallow in acceleration as your taking off, once reached normal speeds its fine and acceleration at speed it seems fine. I figured I might try a set of progressives on the rear that don't need much if any air.
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I didn't notice much raising of the rear end with the 416s, but there's less sag when you put your weight on the bike. Also lots less with a pax. I run my front forks with 0psi and find that works fine on my 1500. I use anywhere from 20 solo to 55psi two up on the rear.

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would still like to know where to find the seals and a repair kit for the original shocks.

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Can you still use the OEM controls with the new Progressives or does it have its own control?

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would still like to know where to find the seals and a repair kit for the original shocks.

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you can get the seals from mother honda (about the only thing you can change in them) part number is 91257-mg9-671. cost from service honda (do an online search) is $8.71 each.

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Yep, you just order the connection kit which adapts the 426s air lines to the bike's, I think the kit is around $20 or so. It works just like the original except better. It isn't cheap but it's a big improvement.

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When they price them at somewhere around $350....is that for four or just the rear?

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That's just for the rear shocks.

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