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Hi my first post and already have two questions if you all dont mind helping me.

Question one. I have a 1984 gl1100 it has air shocks but there is no air or very little to no air in them as i took off the air system months ago and been riding around with the bike this way already....Is it ok to ride the bike this way with the shocks and no air in them?

Question two. I have a pair of shocks off my sportster that seem to fit the gl1100 can i just slap them on the bike and all be good?


I ratted out my bike it has no front fairings, no back box, ape hangers, bedliner black and lowered universal windsheild also painted bedliner black lol.......


Thanks in advance.
 

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It'll all be good once you get rid of them 4 carburetors and go to a single Weber.

Then, and only THEN, can you say to yourself, "Hmmm, is it all good?"

I rode my 1000 around with S&W's. Had a valve that coould dump all the air and do the low-rider thing. Had a electric pump with a small storage tank that pumped 'em back up near as fast as it lowered. Didn't seem to contribute to the demise of the shocks. The shocks have internal bump-stops. The fact that they were 35+ years old contributed more to my swap to CM450 shocks. Bike sat low with them airless S&W's. Sat real low. Kinda miss it...
 

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84 gl1100 ? didn't think they made that year 1100 !:lash:
 

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84 gl1100 ? didn't think they made that year 1100 !:lash:
It's a rat-bike. Might be a whole lotta years in it. Confusion happens in just trying to keep it going with whatever bike is handy to keep it going with.

Help the new guy out. ... ;)
 

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Just place a short hose with an air valve on it upon each shock and then pump them up with a bicycle tire pump.
The sportster shocks are not designed for the weight of the wing and will bottom out at every bump, even if they were the right length and fitment to be able to mount onto the wing.

The 84-87's are 1200's, the 79-83's are 1100's, and the 75-78's are 1000's. The 88-2000's are 1500's and the 2001 to present are 1800's (with the 2010's made in 2009 and the 2011's non existent, but the 2012's made in Japan. All the older bikes from 77-2009 were made in the USA.
 

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The sportster shocks are not designed for the weight of the wing and will bottom out at every bump, even if they were the right length and fitment to be able to mount onto the wing.
Many people run Sportster shocks on old 'Wings.
I run CM450 shocks. I never have them bottoming out two-up and carrying camping stuff. If it's a theory, then yeah, one would think they should bottom out but, they don't in reality.

I'm 175/180, she's 125, and about 50lbs. worth of stuff. That puts us close to the 360lb mark that Honda says is the limit for weight with the '78 GL1000.
I'm running shocks meant for a bike with a combined weight limit of 400lbs.

360lbs. for a GL1000
400lbs. for a CM450
425lbs. for a XL1200

Figure that out, ...the CM450 bit. Makes sense really. The bike is huge in other parts of the World where it is primary transportation, ...hauling goats to market and such.
 

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Just place a short hose with an air valve on it upon each shock and then pump them up with a bicycle tire pump.
The sportster shocks are not designed for the weight of the wing and will bottom out at every bump, even if they were the right length and fitment to be able to mount onto the wing.

The 84-87's are 1200's, the 79-83's are 1100's, and the 75-78's are 1000's. The 88-2000's are 1500's and the 2001 to present are 1800's (with the 2010's made in 2009 and the 2011's non existent, but the 2012's made in Japan. All the older bikes from 77-2009 were made in the USA.
Hmm im just dumb enough to try this , not the bike pump part but the rest sounds dooable. Thanks for the info too because I had no idea where they were built now im driving an american made bike lol.:claps:
 

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Many people run Sportster shocks on old 'Wings.
I run CM450 shocks. I never have them bottoming out two-up and carrying camping stuff. If it's a theory, then yeah, one would think they should bottom out but, they don't in reality.

I'm 175/180, she's 125, and about 50lbs. worth of stuff. That puts us close to the 360lb mark that Honda says is the limit for weight with the '78 GL1000.
I'm running shocks meant for a bike with a combined weight limit of 400lbs.

360lbs. for a GL1000
400lbs. for a CM450
425lbs. for a XL1200

Figure that out, ...the CM450 bit. Makes sense really. The bike is huge in other parts of the World where it is primary transportation, ...hauling goats to market and such.[/QUOTE


great info thanks.
 

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Just some pics of the various shocks ride heights.
1, 3 & 4 with the S&W's, 2 with the CM shocks and the last compares the two.
The S&W's were at a normal ride height.
The CM450 shocks have preload on highest setting.
 

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