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A friend of mine is asking about progressives for his 1200. I am going to encourage him to join this site, but I figured I'd get him started posting this question for him.

Hey Jim,
I am looking at Progressive 412 shocks for the goldwing GL1200. They cost less then the air type 416. Do you know much about these two shocks ?
Thanks,
Gerry

Since I have never used progressives, and I am not very familiar with them, can anyone offer advice for him?





 

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I just put a pair of 416's on one of my GL1200's and I'm very happy with them. As with most things, ya get what you pay for so if he is thinking progressive then he's gotta figure out which application is the best fit for his needs/budget/etc.
 

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The option I took on my '87 Aspencade was to rebuid the stock Hondarear shock housings using Progressive Suspension springs and hydraulic damper units (shock absorbers).

This has the particular advantage of allowing you to keep all of your stock air suspension plumbing (fittings and hoses) which is easier and maintains the stock look of the bike.

There is a great set of step-by-step instructions on how to do this posted on http://www.GL1200Goldwings.com in the Suspension sub-forum. You can go there and search for it. (FYI, that site has been having some problems in the past few days. It's been up sometimes and down at others, so have some patience with it.)
 
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