1985 GL1200 LTD rear shock does not have a circlip - Page 2 - Steve Saunders Goldwing Forums

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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-27-2019, 04:45 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for your comment on the progressive springs. I have been considering them seriously, and at the same time feel like just putting the right amount of good fork oil in these rear shocks will be plenty for my needs. My biggest complaint wasn't the topping out, its the time it takes to dampen a bump. I think a lack of oil, and really old oil, and maybe even too light of oil is the cause. If I stick to the root cause, the cheapest way to solve it is just to swap out the old oil for new oil, and replace the seal of course.
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I sure enjoyed my Ltd back in the day, less loosing the stator @ 25k.

I've purchased only one set of progressive 415 air shocks in all my years of riding wings and that being for my 1500. I came out in the shop one day and noticed both had dumped all the oil out while sitting with 22k on them. Progressive replaced them under warranty, which I promptly sold to a friend and purchased their 451 ais left shock and never looked back.
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KB. I see you have Hondas high altitude/hot start fix on your ltd like this one. I have the service bulletin on it here somewhere. Your front fender nose piece is the same I had on mine...Nice.

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I had an LTD that was a really good Motorcycle. Everybody would always comment on it, and it would run with any Goldwing. I sold it because I didn't ride it after I got the Gl 1500 sorted out, so I sold it to a guy in Carson City. I really like the color combo on the LTD and I miss some of the features that bike had, the computer was way before it's time. 2 up riding was a little cramped on the 1985 and I moved the box back but the wife and I are not little people so the 1500 handles it a lot better . Much more room. KB I just cleaned my shocks out put new fluid in and they work great now. Put new boot's on them because they were bad. The stock line's and fittings on the LTD are much better than what you get with the progressive shocks. Honda went all out when they designed that bike, I think they wanted to make something special at that time. The LTD cost $10,000 in 1985, and the other Goldwings ran about $6,500. if I remember right. Have fun with your bike. Thanks
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Nice ride. Have one myself. Wasn't loved like yours, but it is getting better. Have been refurbishing mine for the last 3 1/2 years, a little at a time.

What is the eye to eye measurement of the shock when together, thinking of going back to the air shock system. Thanks

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I have taken a few pictures of the shock next to a tape measure. I hope this helps Rednaxs60
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KB - thanks, confirmed the dimension I have. Will be looking at the set I have at home here. Have another set at my brother's place in northern Ontario.

CWN - if you find the service bulletin, wouldn't mind a copy. Had the issue a couple of years back while touring BC and riding out of Trail BC through Rossland. Let the bike sit for an hour or so and continued on.

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