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Rebuild Air Shocks or Replace?

Post #1 by driesterer » Fri May 02, 2008 6:12 am

Does anyone have any input on rebuilding OEM air socks vs. replacing them? Rebuild kits are $195.00 here and I saw some used ones on ebay for a fourth of that. What to do on a low budget? Of course, Safety comes first.
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Post #2 by rcmatt007 » Fri May 02, 2008 9:37 am

helps to know what year bike... are these oem or aftermarket... and is the problem just leaking... replacing the seals is a lot cheaper than the rebuild kit you mention.... there is a 1200 rebuild thread I did on the "howto" forum
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Post #3 by driesterer » Fri May 02, 2008 10:56 am

rcmatt007 wrote:helps to know what year bike... are these oem or aftermarket... and is the problem just leaking... replacing the seals is a lot cheaper than the rebuild kit you mention.... there is a 1200 rebuild thread I did on the "howto" forum


1980 GL1100 Standard. With OEM shocks that hold air but bottom out when it sees a bump.
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Post #4 by rcmatt007 » Fri May 02, 2008 11:23 am

in that case most likely the spirng is shot and it is rebuild or replace
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The question is not how much time do you have, it is what you do with the time that you have Gandalf
"One of the greatest dignities of humankind is that each successive generation is invested in the welfare of each new generation." Fred Rodgers
"it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert" ancient saying
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79 project, finished,
'86 1200 (Beth's) with motorvation sidecar, (being repainted and apart)
'17 HD Road king and 08 HD Heritage softail (Beth's). I guess you can say we have MBS
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Post #5 by SBV » Sat May 03, 2008 8:14 pm

I had the same problem, mine were old & wallowy, i was advised against cheap new ones so found some good used ones from a breaker.
Nice, cheap & working well
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buy or rebuild that is the question?

Post #6 by mrbswing » Fri Jun 27, 2008 6:58 pm

driesterer wrote:
rcmatt007 wrote:helps to know what year bike... are these oem or aftermarket... and is the problem just leaking... replacing the seals is a lot cheaper than the rebuild kit you mention.... there is a 1200 rebuild thread I did on the "howto" forum


1980 GL1100 Standard. With OEM shocks that hold air but bottom out when it sees a bump.


I just rebuilt mine or should I say took them apart and put ATF fluid in them? one shock was froze, so I took them both apart, it is a messy job but not hard if you have an air compressor. Take them off pull the boots remove snap ring and try and drain them as much as possible wrap a few old rags around them and put one end in a vise and hang on to the other end with old rags because you are about to get a bath in ATF, apply air in spurts and it will come apart and the ATF will go every where, clean them inspect the seals and replace if they leaked put the correct amount of ATF and put them back together it is fun trying to get them back together because you have to put all the parts in at the same time and it don't look like there is enough room because the fluid is near the top but it will go together believe me..good luck and if you need any help give a yell..till then 8)
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Post #7 by Steeveo » Fri Jun 27, 2008 9:20 pm

Ditto. did mine. screwed the tee shirt I was wearing and put 20 weight shok oil in them. It is an 82 Interstate and will still bottom out on the sharp bumps but what a nice solid feel to the ride now compared to what I had.
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Post #8 by mrbswing » Fri Jun 27, 2008 9:59 pm

Steeveo wrote:Ditto. did mine. screwed the tee shirt I was wearing and put 20 weight shok oil in them. It is an 82 Interstate and will still bottom out on the sharp bumps but what a nice solid feel to the ride now compared to what I had.


Jenny Craig? weight watchers? just kidding I had to go for it I am that kind of guy always looking for the cheap shots so don't take me serious I am about 30 lbs over weight..it is a messy job..till then 8)
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Post #9 by driesterer » Sat Jun 28, 2008 5:16 am

Thanks Mr. Bill.
I have been riding, but think about rebuilding the shocks everytime I do. I live 2 miles up a gravel road. With potholes. I go about 250 myself, so I feel it. Hard to work on it when you ride to work (7 days/week) every day. Mr. Bill I am a WI native myself. Grew up just north of you between Manitowac & Sheboygan. Need to get back to visit one of these days.
Thanks again. I guess I have some work to do.
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Re: Rebuild Air Shocks or Replace?

Post #10 by musicmanmitchell » Mon Feb 15, 2010 12:32 pm

nice
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Re: Rebuild Air Shocks or Replace?

Post #11 by john1959 » Mon Dec 20, 2010 7:10 pm

http://chuck.kichline.com/GoldWing/shocks/ i used this guys advise , worked great. really inexpensive compared to shock replacement. shocks are worthless if all the oil has leaked out even if it holds air.


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