F.Y.I. on GL1500 aftermarket rear shocks - Steve Saunders Goldwing Forums

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Model: '95 GL1500SE/CSC Friendship III
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Since am diehardsidecar nut [40+ yrs; 4 rigs], badly needed new rear shocks.!
Wasreally misinformed on use of Progressive 416GLA rear shocks on sidecar rig; they DON"T work!
New England potholes pounded rear suspension. Air charge leaked out repeatedly. Eventually, bottom of left416hitrear caliper bracket, bending it to right. This pushed left brake pad into rear rotor so hard, it gougedsame into scrap.
Aftercall to Progressive, they gave mecorrect partnumber for GL1500 sidecar rig shocks.
After new: Caliper bracket,EBC pads, rotor installed, I putnew 412-4223Cshocks on Wing. WHAT A WONDERFULDIFERENCE! One is informed to set these nitrogen-filled, sealed puppies to position 4,per enclosed instructions & spanner wrench.
Only further tweaking, was tolengthen sidecar upper struts a few turns,tweak main mount angles a bit, to re-levelFriendship III hack[Wing leaned right, hack nose dipped, as Wing now rides higher. Plus, I'dalso put slightly tallerAustone taxi tire on rear wheel at this time].
With my trusty Unit Forks front end, rig rides/handles better than it ever did in 11 years of riding it! A trouble-free, 592 mile mid-August, 4 state [ NH, VT, NY, MA], 52nd Anniversary trip reallyproved this..... YEE-HAA!
Now, all I need to obtain, is: new OEM seat,better windshield, good used front wheel and rig will beright up to snuff for me! TTFN.....Old Tom aka papasmurf in NH

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