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Been searching for Progressives for my Aspy. Thinking about upgrading and found them here:

http://wingstuff.com/pgroup_list/gl1...ogressive/mfg/

So far the best price I've found. If anyone knows of a better deal please let me know.

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Mark,

I rebuilt my originial Honda OEM rear shock housings, mainly because I wanted to keep all the original air hookups and hoses, which you can't do with the 416's.

I bought the Progressive springs and the Progressive hydraulic dampers (shocks), and installed them into the stock housings. (Can't rember if I bought my parts from WingsStuff or Bike Bandit.) Also had to buy some internal parts and the seals from mother Honda.

There is a really good thread over on GL1200GoldWings.com under the Suspension topic on how to do this, pictures and all.

It worked out great for me. Just another option for you to consider.

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Thanks Wing....something to consider. My concern is: I ride fully loaded 400 miles one way to work for crew change. I mean I am FULL. Trunk, bags, and a small cooler strapped into the passenger seat. I know my right shock is shot cause it was leaking fluid last time I was home and neither one will hold pressure. So, being fully loaded like that and with my big a$$ on the bike I'm bottoming out. Wondering if the rebuild of the stocks will alleviate that or even wondering if the Progressives will prevent that same thing from happening.

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That's why I rebuilt mine. I had a fluid leak on the right shock.

With the rebuild you essentially end up with a new shock, but you're retaining the original chrome top shock housing. You're putting new seals in it too, so that will stop any leaks.

Unless you and your luggage are exceeding the maximum allowable vehicle gross load rating you should not be bottoming out with new dampers and springs.

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Wondering then....what the max load is for a dressed '84 Aspencade? I'm on the boat so I have no access to the specs.

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Mark, that's the lowest price I've ever seen for new 416's. If I had the funds I'd order me a set for my 1100 at that price. Normal selling price is closer to 400 bucks at most places.

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Hi,
Don't know anything about this vendor but the price is a little better
http://www.mawonline.com/google/45295.HTM
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Wondering then....what the max load is for a dressed '84 Aspencade?
Don't have my Owner's Manual with me at the moment, but my Haynes manual says that the maximum load for an '84 through '87 Aspencade is 390 pounds.



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My Owners manual says 380 lbs (172kg)

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Both prices listed are good for 416s. The cheaper ones seem to come only in 14.5" length. I don't remember the length for a 1200 but the different 'Wings do take different lengths. The adapter kit is only $20 or less. I prefer the smaller airlines that come in the kit, they are a lot stronger than the old rubber ones Honda used.

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