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I've located a brand new pair of Progressive 412 stock length shocks for my 1984 GL1200A at a very good price though they are not the air suspension variety. Would there be any benefit to installing them and foregoing the factory air system? Most of our riding is two-up.
 

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Progressive shocks are really only good if you have no fairing nor luggage. For a GL you really need air shocks. The main reason is the weight of the bike and riders.

Think about it, if the were OK to use don't you think they would have been in stalled from the factory?

Check with repair shops and J.C. Whitney. They all sell some sort of air shocks and the prices change from store to store. J.C. Whitney sells them out of the catalog but I don't know if they are on their web site.

Stay away from using car shocks because the bike needs the spring and air shock combination. Car air shocks don't have springs in them.
 
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