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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-08-2016, 08:54 PM Thread Starter
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Suspension help for GL1500SE

I am a new Goldwing owner and have noticed that my Goldwing bottoms out on speed bumps. I live in Mexico where roads are generally bad. Is this normal or is my suspension bad? I appreciate you wonderful people. It would have been impossible for me to have a Goldwing here without you!
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It is pretty likely the forks and the right rear shock need the oil changed/refilled and the springs are probably weak from age. You have tried increasing the air pressure I assume?
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Yes I have increased the pressure but it did not seem to make much difference. Oil changed? I assume there must be some info on that in the forums.
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Try this link for the rear shock and this one for the front.
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Try this link for the rear shock and this one for the front.

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Plus on the rear shock oil. I just changed mine for the first time. It had about 40 ml in it and it requires 140ml. It's an easy job. I also changed the left side stock spring over to a progressive spring over shock.
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Pretty sure, as others have said, suspension rebuild is needed!
Take a look at the Mono-tubes for the forks!
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The 1500 needs pretty much pressure in the rear suspension , around 75 psi was the best on mine , - it dosnt button out so eaysily and even have a better ride in the corners with less wobless .
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The 1500 needs pretty much pressure in the rear suspension , around 75 psi was the best on mine , - it dosnt button out so eaysily and even have a better ride in the corners with less wobless .
Wow, 75 psi is real high.
The Owners manual says that max should be about 57 psi.
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I put progressive suspension 416 rear air shocks in my 97 and racetech front springs. When two up i run close to 80 psi in the rear but the progressives are rated at max 100psi.
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