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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-23-2009, 05:48 PM Thread Starter
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I am in the process of re-building the front end.......new head bearing, progressive springs, bushings, fork seals and oil. I have a right rear shock that is air operated, but the left is not. The air shock is fine, but the left coil over shock has seen better days. This is a standard setup for this bike, odd, but standard, why not two air shocks ?........Anyway, the real question is, what to replace the coil shock with and where to get it. I have seen some threads about different types, but what does one type do over the other ? Looking for info and education here. Getting ready for some long trips, and I want to be nice and comfy. Also, I run E3 Dunlops.....22,000 miles on this set so far. I find I need to keep them at 43-44 rear and 40-41 front to stop the cupping for as long as possible. That was probably because the front end wasn't worth a poop...........? What's a better tire set ? Thanks in advance, I know there is a wealth of info about to rain down upon me

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You could change out both rear shocks for a set of Progressive 416's. The ride will likely improve.

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Have to agree with the 416 recommendation.


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I am running a Progressive 450 IAS rear shock on the left side and the stock air shock on the right with good performance and ride. It is designed specifically for the GL1500.
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Ditto on the 416's. Love 'em on my '95.

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I went with the 450 on the left as the air shock on the right works well. It also is used to adjust ride height when adding stuff or running 2-up.

Personally, Progressives in the front and rear made it feel like a new bike.

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