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Rear suspension upgrade: Traxxion shock vs Progressive shock vs Progressive spring an

I am giving consideration to an upgrade to my rear suspension on my 1st gen Wing. I'm not an overly aggressive rider but will on occasion be towing my Aspen Classic camper. I would be interested in other owners approaches under similar conditions. Thanks in advance for your inputs. My Wing currently has just over 50M miles on the stock suspension.
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Best bang for your money is a stock shock with a progressive spring this is what I would do buy a second hand newer model stock rear shock and install the progressive spring on it then install the completed rear shock at your leisure I tried a complete TRAXXION rear shock once a long time ago and it blew a oil seal in only like 20K or so but that was a old model and I believe now they have improved the new model shock ? good luck
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The Traxxion rear shock is rebuildable. I took one off a bike with 166K miles on it this week for a rebuild. I've never seen a single Traxxion rear shock leak or fail in any way. They had a problem with one small batch of seals about 8 years or so ago but this has long been fixed. The Progressive spring is another option, but it is a 1,200 lb/in spring, and the stock shock won't be able to control it very well. I also believe that is too stiff of a spring for this bike unless you're pulling a trailer 100% of the time.
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I am giving consideration to an upgrade to my rear suspension on my 1st gen Wing. I'm not an overly aggressive rider but will on occasion be towing my Aspen Classic camper. I would be interested in other owners approaches under similar conditions. Thanks in advance for your inputs. My Wing currently has just over 50M miles on the stock suspension.

Progressive is probably the least expensive way to go. That is what I use. But if your fork springs are the original ones!! I would upgrade them first. OEM fork springs are junk in my opinion. New springs front and back and you'll think you have a new bike. With 50K on it...I would rebuild the forks while I had it apart. (slides bushings and seals)

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I installed Hyperpro springs front and rear and am very happy with the results.
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I installed Hyperpro springs front and rear and am very happy with the results.
I also went for Hyperpro springs front & rear, a big improvement over OEM and not that expensive.

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I installed Hyperpro springs front and rear and am very happy with the results.
Do you know what the rear spring rate is?

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Best bang for your money is a stock shock with a progressive spring this is what I would do buy a second hand newer model stock rear shock and install the progressive spring on it then install the completed rear shock at your leisure I tried a complete TRAXXION rear shock once a long time ago and it blew a oil seal in only like 20K or so but that was a old model and I believe now they have improved the new model shock ? good luck
I agree with the goldwing fan, what I did was to purchase a 2012+ and later stock rear shock (on-line Ebay) and had "RaceTech Suspension" in (Corona, ca.) install a new heavier rated spring and install a braided line between the pre-load adjuster pump and ring (it won't swell like the OEM's do). (I did not want the shock rebuilt)

The Ride is AWESOME now for me and the misses now.

Just check into the aftermarket Spring you want to use.


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Do you know what the rear spring rate is?
Most springs out there are either straight rate or dual rate. I may be wrong but I believe Hyperpro is the only true progressively wound spring on the market. You could check here http://epmperf.com/ and they may be able to tell you the rate of the springs.
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I wouldn't upgrade the stiffness of the rear shock too much unless you are going to put stiffer springs in the front.

You don't mention what year your wing is. If you have a pre-2012, you could replace your stock shock and spring with a 2012 or newer one and the OEM spring will be 100 pounds stiffer.

The traxxion shock with 1100# spring is excellent and the 1200# progressive spring on a stock shock is ok, but as Fred stated earlier, the stock shock was really not designed to dampen a spring that large.

What you DO NOT want to do is put an 1100 or 1200 pound rear spring on and leave the weak stock OEM springs in the front. Traxxion sells front springs for $90. It would be well worth it to upgrade those as well if you upgrade the rear spring to anything bigger than OEM spec. (For reference...I believe the 2012 and newer OEM is 1000 pounds and the 2001-2010 is 900 pounds)

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