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Inside the Rear Shocks
Following several "How to" guides I pulled my rear shocks off my 85 GL1200A. I bought the seals and springs from Progressive.

Built my own "Tool" to compress and disassemble the shocks. Now the fun part... I seem to have extra parts inside my shocks from what I see on all other sites and the repair instructions.

Please look at the attached photo and see what I mean...

In the small photo I had a second circlip and a 3rd washer. Where does that third washer go? Between the internal circlip and the guide damper? If so which way does the raised section point?


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Delvis

1985 GL1200 Aspencade
http://dgmccool.tripod.com/
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#1 01-09-2012, 09:57 PM,
actually you are missing the rubber bumper that goes on the shaft of the shock,which is a DC'd part
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#2 01-10-2012, 06:35 AM,
No it is on the damper if you look close. The stock one was torn off and melted. I went to a parts house and looked at various universal ones and bought some and put an new one on there.
I had someone on a different post say the second circlip goes inside the shock housing. That would leave just the washer in the middle of the left side parts in the photo above in my first post.


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Delvis

1985 GL1200 Aspencade
http://dgmccool.tripod.com/
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#3 01-10-2012, 10:33 PM,
So based on what i have been hearing I put it back like the photos below?

(Except move the spring base onto the other side of the small clip on the damper. "Above" it, the current photo shows to the left side or below it)


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Delvis

1985 GL1200 Aspencade
http://dgmccool.tripod.com/
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#4 01-11-2012, 07:28 AM,
looks like the plate that holds the spring in position should be to the right of the snap ring (on dampener)
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1987 Aspencade 129K
1986 SEI 93K
2014 Tri-Glide HD 17K

Hancock,MD
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#5 01-11-2012, 09:16 AM,
So you are saying the way i laid it out in the photo should be correct?

Thanks for the feedback. I will clean and reassemble.
Delvis

1985 GL1200 Aspencade
http://dgmccool.tripod.com/
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#6 01-11-2012, 12:05 PM,
pm sent
1987 Aspencade 129K
1986 SEI 93K
2014 Tri-Glide HD 17K

Hancock,MD
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#7 01-11-2012, 12:43 PM,
Here is a page from the parts manual for the rear shock. Hope this helps.


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Paul
CE1 Navy Seabees/RET
1981 to 2002
ASE Mechanic
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#8 01-11-2012, 02:01 PM,
Thanks for the page Seebee. I had that one too, but the parts I was having problems with are not listed in that outline.

Neoracer is helping me out with the reassembly.

Thanks...
Delvis

1985 GL1200 Aspencade
http://dgmccool.tripod.com/
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#9 01-11-2012, 09:18 PM,
Thanks everyone...

Spoke with Neoracer last night and he cleared up my confusion on reassembly. The problem was as I pulled out the damper it was stuck for a moment on the guide. This caused me to pull harder and "pop" it flew out and dumped the two parts that I was not sure about onto the floor. So I did not see how they had been mounted.

Anyway upward and onward to get these rear shocks completed then I start on the front springs next.
Delvis

1985 GL1200 Aspencade
http://dgmccool.tripod.com/
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#10 01-12-2012, 10:21 AM,
good job Earl!!

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#11 01-14-2012, 10:23 PM,


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