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When or if you get the auto air shocks you will need to spend an extra
15.00 for the line kit to run each at its own psi value. I had to do this on a S-10 . As one shock compresses air transfer to the other.
Not a place you want to be in the middle of pushing it through the twisty's. I would not go any shorter on compressed length as to have
interference if a line did blow.
On a motorcycle both shocks compress together so air transfer is not an issue.

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with 120kmiles of 2 up heavily loaded touring, the OE suspension on my bike has taken a beating
Destroyed rubber boot on air shock and scratches on the inner arm = its in the final miles until leakage
May still work fine but not for much longer.
Finding the torn-in-half boot along with oil leak from recent placement of used OE left shock
was a message from the Universe,,Do SOMETHING! soon! You got round tires....

There appear to be 2 types of air shocks- the load supporters with limited valving thought put into compression and dampening for comfort control
And the Air Spring, which I am still learning about, (bless youtube posters!!)
More of a rubber bellows effect with the shock- and what I am envisioning is the solution - now to find the budget version
Is my Scot showing again??
So far its used on $$1000-1500+ systems from Arnott- but thats with compressor and wiring etc for harley baggers/draggers

Thanks for reminder on install kit for Progressive, iirc it comes with 1-- but we need 2 for the conversion from single air shock/line

The search continues, decent ideas and thoughts are appreciated
Local builders all went to Reno Street Vibes, not expecting them to crawl back into work until Tuesday
get some answers then--I hope!
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I bought the Progressive 416 rear shocks, Progressive front fork springs, and air line adapter for my '85 GL1200A in 1997, the whole deal was $300 and change then. Bike only had 35K miles then, huge change for the better and never a regret.

$400 is not bad for what you'll derive if you are keeping the bike. The 416s will both have a HD coil spring and air chamber that uses Honda seals if ever needed .... and the shock body is better valved and on a 1500 ..... they'll balance loading on the swing arm unlike the stock setup.

There is that other option of just getting the one shock with coil spring that replaces just the one stock shock / spring unit and keeps the Honda air chamber on the other side. To me, it seems that would tend to twist the swing arm.

The trike was converted in 1998 and still carries it's Progressive 416 series air / spring shock units that were provided by Lehman, they and the ones I put on the 1200 in 1997 have never leaked yet. The Progressives will take up to 100 psi as well, you can air up on the center stand, load, then ease off center stand and air down to a 1 or 1.5" drop from top.

You might look at Ebay?
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