Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Queen Creek, Arizona, USA
Model: 76 GL1000
i rebuilt the rear shocks on my LTD. there are check valves on the shocks, but there isnt much there (ust a ball bearing and a spring) the springs inside can be replaced by progressive units (i did this on mine) as for the fluid, i kept it with ATF. i went from needing 100 psi in the rear (with blown seals) to needing almost nothing while riding 2up. to do this cost bout 60 bucks and 3 hrs time. there is also the option of going with progressive shocks, this will cost you about 400 bucks, and 2 hrs to swap.
the damping cylinder can be replaced (by a proressive unit, search my posts for details) but i found this unnecisary. I didnt need to take my trunk off, but the saddlebags need to be pulled (obviously) replacing the seals and oil may help, but I wouldnt guarantee it. the springs are still 25 yrs old. I would pop for the new springs, you will be pulling the seals anyways, why not take the extra hour to replace the springs. any questions, just ask.
1976 GL1000 Nekkid!!
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