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Hi There,

I was thinking of installing progressive springs on my 89 GL1500.

My question is, is it worth it, will the handling be improved dramatically.

Let me know .

Thanks:waving:
 

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Progressives really drag the GL1500 into the 21st century in handling terms.
 

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I gotta chime in too, Progressives on my 1500 front and back,A-okay!:weightlifter:
 

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When I bought my 1500 the 416s were on the rear. I thought the ride was a bit hard so when I discovered the Progressives were leaking I bought a set of OEM shocks and installed them. It didn't take me long to decide to replace the seals in the 416s and put them back on. The ride is harder but the cornering is much better. I'm no lightweight (alas) 6' 218lbs so a lighter rider might not like them but for me they work well.
 

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Progressives are the way to go if you are big and travel wit h a passenger and/or a fully loaded Goldwing. The Progressives really come into their own on windingcountry roads.
 

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OK where do you get the progressive springs and are they hard to install..
 

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I am planning on installing the Progressive 416's on the rear of my 84 Aspy this winter and also adding the Progressive Fork Springs up front.

Hereare a few links:

http://www.vencowings.com/cgi-bin/miva.cgi?/Merchant2/merchant.mv+Screen=SRCH&Store_Code=VWL&Search=Progressive

http://www.vikingmotorcycle.com/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=ps1627a

http://www.xtremerevolution.com/Store/sp-949-5-progressive-416-series-air-shocks-for-gl1500.aspx

This one is the cheapest that I found:

http://www.wingstuff.com/pgroup_detail.php?pgroupid=1266
 

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My dealer had to replace the fork seals on my 97 SE, part of the P.D.I. that I am picking up on Sat. I had them put in the progressives when they reassembled just cuz they made such a difference on my 85 Aspencade I figured it would be worth it.
 

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I had my forks apart and wasn't smart enough to have progressive springs on hand, and was too impatient to wait. I added about 3/4" of preload by cutting PVC pipe 3/4" longer than the stock spacers. Since the springs on my '98 are SUPPOSED to be progressive rate from Honda, I've probably raised the initial rate and changed the load/rate curve by getting into spring compression "earlier". It worked for me, and if you don't have the springs or want to try a less $ fix.........

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Adding a spacer can get some more life out of sagging springs although the sagging will continue with increasing age. Same as we used to put wedges in the front coil springs of old cars with sagging front ends.

It won't perform like the Progressives but it will improve a bike if the OEM springs measure out too short.
 

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My stock springs measured free length right at new spec. I spaced them to increase preload and move a ways down the rate curve. Bob
 

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That oughta do it!
 

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Well, it should but I have no idea what the OEM rates are, or how much I moved myself down the curve. I do this type of thing at work, luckily for our customers I don't do it in this type of trial and error fashion. Bob
 
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