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UNY_Pete 03-08-2008 09:06 PM

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Today I found the right shock was leaking oil. Can this be rebuilt? Is it an easy job?
Would it better to get a new shock or get a set or Progressives?
If I go with the Progressives, which series is the way to go 412, 416 ,or 450?
Any help or opinions are appreciated.

jimvw57 03-08-2008 09:50 PM

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I had the shocks rebuilt on my 84 Interstate. It wasn't cheap but much less than replacing them with new.

grambo 03-09-2008 10:59 AM

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you can get em on ebay for a song...just swap em out...why go the hard route?
i think it takes special tools to get them apart!

jimvw57 03-09-2008 11:41 AM

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The shocks I got on Ebay were in worse shape than the ones they were to replace.

I had the dealer rebuild them for $60 I believe. Much better than the $500 to replace them.

grambo 03-09-2008 12:48 PM

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Jim vw57.....!Wow where have i been?...thats the way to go!!...i never had an issue with em....and you gotta pry-ask ebayers if their toast or not...kinda hard to tell with shocks...i go a lot on benefit of dought that their good and just discarded....provided their listed cheap.....i bought a 12 tank cover that he said was recently painted and the pictures looked good....but had big nasty blotches and scrapes...but i learned a lesson i didn't press him for more details of the paint...was cheap though....if i paid a lot he would have got them back...

exavid 03-09-2008 07:51 PM

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:waving::waving: Welcome to the World's Greatest Goldwing Site UNY_Pete! :waving::waving:

The air shock is pretty easy to replace the seal in. The Clymer manual and the Helm Inc. copy of the original Honda service manual show how to do it. Seals are readily available from Honda dealers or online from Honda Direct Line or Motogrid to mention a couple

The best route to go on the 1500 in my opinion are Progressive 416s. I have them on my 1500 and had them on my 1200 along with Progressive fork springs on both bikes. Really improved the handling in the curves in my opinion. Also rides better when 2 up.

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