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Modded a New Pair of Progressive Suspension Rear shocks today, they are Nitrogen filled shocks with progressive wound springs.

These Rear Progressive suspension shocks were for a 1986' GL1200 Goldwing.

Started off by Cutting the bottom mounting lug off, 90deg. bend in 3-16" x 1" steel plate,and put a cap plate, then welded to bottom of shock, Painted.

Started at about 2:00 done at about 4:00.

I have only sat on the bike i have not ridden it yet as I am tired had dinner and now it is rest time.

i took some picture's, i will post them soon as i can.

removed my Goldwing air shocks as they were both leaking ATF down the shocks, my bike had a Very nice ride with the Goldwing air shocks but the were leaking, so now they will be a backup pair for the Suzy 650, I will have to go through them when i can and clean them and check all seals and replace what is bad.
 

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Yes, pictures please ! :thumbup:
 

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[attachment=4:1y11tjvo]P1010915 1 comp 76k.jpg[/attachment:1y11tjvo]Ok so here are few pictures
 

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maybe a couple more pictures
 

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maybe a another picture
 

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Silver shocks are the old Honda ones. He is showing the required end changes for the progressive to fit a burgman. :cheers:
 

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Redundant post. Sorry
 

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Sorry for not adding any notes, I was wiped out yesterday, and it was beer o clock. Priorities.

And of coarse I am unable to edit today????? That's a good Idea???

I used a Progressive suspension 412 series shock, it is 14.25" long but you could use one a little shorter, But NOT one any longer.

Bought them at Bike Bandit, they were on sale $269.96 Free shipping to my door price.

Took about two hours to complete including Painting and drying.

You could wrap the body in a wet rag,

But I did short stitch welds about like the stock shock welds were maybe 1/4"-3/8" long at a time then into a pail of water

The shocks turned out good, they look good

I may take it out for a test spin today
 

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In one of the pictures above i compare the stock OEM burgman scoot rear shock to the new Progressive shock, and you can also see a Goldwing shock it has a air tube handing from it.

In another picture there are three spacers different thicknesses those come with the New Progressive shocks and I used the thickest one it was a great match to reduce down to the stock upper shock mounting bolt

In another picture the spanner wrench that came with the new progressive shocks in shown, I just left it on the lightest setting

I am 6'-0" tall and 180# lightest setting was fine for me by my self.

Short test Ride report;

Bike handled really well, Much better the with stock OEM Burgman shocks, ride is firm but absorbs all bumps I road over, rear wheel stays in contact with the road much better than stock oem Burgman shocks.

The Ride was very similar to the ride with the Goldwing air shocks.

I will need to ride it on a longer ride and report back
 

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I once bought a new set of Progressive Suspension shocks for my Honda CX500 back in 1987, and they were a huge improvement from the stock units.

They didn't hold up to the road grime from commutiong every day, and the damper rods wore out with deep scratches in a few months.

Warranty replacement was refused, they claimed abuse.

I hope the quality has improved since then.
 

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Picture #7 shows 3 shocks.

1) Chrome Spring.
2) Black Spring.
3) No Spring plus air hose.

Last pic shows shock #1 installed. I do not see shock # 3 installed.

Still confused!
 

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Yes #1 is my new Progressive shocks
#3 installed I installed in another thread, they started to leak, I wanted something that would be leak proof.

1) Chrome spring w/ Black shock dampener is New Progressive shock

2) Black Spring with Chrome dampener is stock Burgman Oem shock for comparison

3) all chrome with no visible spring is a Goldwing rear shock from a 1986 Honda Goldwing, it has springs they are hidden under the chrome cover.

Searching would work, But
Here are a couple of links to bring you up to speed

viewtopic.php?f=4&t=28244&hilit=goldwing+shocks&start=75
viewtopic.php?f=4&t=60921&p=563101&hilit=goldwing+shocks#p563101
 

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I found this on the PS website:
Bikes wanted
While we would love to buy every new bike that hits the market, that just isn't possible. But now you can not only help us out, but be the first on your block to score new Progressive Suspension product - and here is the best part - free! If your bike is on the list of our "most wanted" below, contact us and arrange to drop it off at our R & D department - Progressive Suspension, Inc. 6900 Marlin Circle La Palma, CA 90623
We promise to take good care of your baby - we just need to take measurements and test fit prototype product. Everybody wins!
Check the list below (we will update it regularly) and if your make and model is on it, and you live near our La Palma location, contact Scott Hodgson at [email protected] to get the process started. And thanks for your help!
Year Range Make Model
94-01 BMW R1100R & RT
00-06 BMW R1150R & RT
09-11 Kawasaki VN1700 Classic / Nomad
I've sent a mail to Scott about Burgman 650, but I'm not going there, it's 5,600 miles away from home.
 
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