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before I buy a pair for my 1100, tell me how you like easy to adjust...better than air? any info would help...are they easy to install?

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Hobie wrote:

When I bought my "new" 1100 Interstate 3 years ago, I had the same problem. I just didn't like the way my bike stood almost straight up on the side stand. Putting a lot of air in helped but didn't cure the problem. I thought that there had to be something wrong with the sidestand but I sure couldn't find it. So.....

Along comes Progressive springs and shocks after reading about them on this forum. They were one of the more impressive up-grades that I did to my bike. Not only does it sit up correctly, but the ride and handling was greatly improved. Yes they are cashy, but worth every penny of it. You don't have to use any air up front and the rears are easily adjustable to suit your needs. If you're going to ride alone mostly, I'd suggest getting the lighter spring rate. I didn't know that it was available at the time when I bought them so my ride is a bit firm when I'm on it by myself and I'm not tinybut works very well with my wife and I on the bike. I would whole-heartedly recommend them to anyone wanting to radicallyimprove the suspension on their bikes

Good luck to you what ever you decide. BTW, I think you can re-build the OEM shocks but if the fork springs are sagging you might as well put Progressives' spring set in. They cost right around $100 the last time I looked."

That's my opinion. Well worth the time and money to convert.


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I put them on the rear of mine. They had a heavy duty version at the time. I consistantly run overloaded so they handled the load just fine. Mine hasn't had the stock shocks on it since around '82. They simply couldn't handle the abuse of the loaded bike and trailer weights.

The Progressives replaced another brand of spring-air-assist shocks that had wore past the tolerances. Where I had once run around 80 to 100 psi (NOTstock shocks)in the rear I can accomplish roughly the same with 60 to 80 psi with the progressives. When empty there isn't much need of any air in the system.

Basically the only beef that I have with them is that they changed the ride height of my rear axle in relation ship to the exhaust system. Now in order to get the rear axle out the exhaust system needs to be turned looseand dropped about an inch in the rear. Along the same lines is that the overall ground clearance increased and since I am short legged it is anoying. But, they do a good job when loaded which is normally how mine is ran so all is ok.

They were a perfect bolt up replacement. No fabrication needed for a change.

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I have nothing but good to say about Progressive 416s. Had them on my 1200 and have them on my 1500. Big improvement on both bikes. I can't imagine they'd be any different on the 1100. If you do put them on be sure to replace the fork springs with Progressives too. You'd be surprised how it will improve the bike.

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Have the fronts and rears sitting in the garage ready to install on my 1200. Do have them installed on my VTX 1800 F&R both. Made quite a difference in the ride and better handling over all. The VTX is why they were purchased for the GL. Theyy sometimes show up on ebay. Got the fronts there for $58 US delivered.

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i have progressive SPRINGS both front and rear on mine, and they made all teh difference in the world. whereas in the rear before i would need to run 45-55 psi two up, i now need none. keep in mind all i did was replace the factory springs in the shocks with progressive units. much cheaper than fully replacing the shocks.

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I have the progressive spring shocks and fork springs and I think they're great. The bike rides like a new one. I had 40,000 on the original suspenssion. the only problem I had with mine is the adjustment, I started out on the third notch and went to full adjustment because i ride with two. getting the spanner on the shock with the bags on is tough. but once adjusted thats were they stayed, problem cured. i know you'll like them. Don
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I have the progressives(one piece) in my front, but I don't know about the back. What is the easiest way to determine that?? Do I need to take one off to tell??

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If you have progressive shocks on the back they will either have a Progressive sticker on or if the installer didnt bother to put the sticker on they will be clear. If they have a Showa sticker and the sticker saying Air Suspension then the are original.

At least thats on the 85 Aspy 1200
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the air line connectiosn will also be different. the factory ones screw in directly to the top of the shock, where the progressives will have an adapter kit somewhere in the works

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