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Rear Shocks

Unread postPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 10:02 am
by Desertfirst123
Members have had questions about replacing rear shocks. At 61,000 miles, I replaced my shocks with air shocks. They were
Gabriel Hijackers
Part # 49205
Price was about $65 for a set of 2
Air pressure range: 20-200, currently pumped to 90 psi

In the US, they should be available at AutoZone, Advance, NAPA and other chain stores. Search Amazon, maybe they have them as well.

Have had them on for about 11, 000 miles on this years summer trip, no problems so far,
John in Tucson
89 Lesharo LX
2.2, Gas, Bosch

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Re: Rear Shocks

Unread postPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 11:19 am
by RefrigMan
Note that the Gabriels come w/ a lifetime guarantee, while the previously popular Monroes have only a 90 day guarantee.

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Re: Rear Shocks

Unread postPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 5:48 pm
by hasben
Looking for some advice....I'm going to be adding a 450lb motorcycle carrier off the rear frame of my '89 w/3800 Buick. I'm hoping that air shocks will be adequate. any input would be appreciated thanks

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Unread postPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 9:17 pm
by RefrigMan
I carried my '86 Rebel 450 (400 lbs. dry) on a carrier extended off the hitch behind my '86 Phasar w/ 3.5 Chrysler conversion. The carrier is extended 18" back as I have 2 storage boxes and the spare mounted outside in front of the storage compartment where it used to be kept, so the weight is quite far back. I drove 8300 miles from AZ to Prince Edward Island and back in 2013 and 4500 miles from AZ tup the Pacific coast o Jasper in the Canadian Rockies and back in Summer, 2014. On driveway ramps the carrier sometimes drags a little. I have a removable 6 foot ramp bolted to the driver's side outside wall (outside the bathroom and closet). for loading and unloading. The carrier is a modified Harbor Freight 500 lb. capacity square hollow steel tube unit cut at the front edges of the sides wide enough to install a 2"x10" plank on which the motorcycle rides and a front wheel chock into which the front wheel is strapped. I have a double receiver and have the carrier inserted into the upper tubing position. I had added Monroe rear air shocks but the bladder in the driver's side shock blew out on the 2013 trip and I haven't replaced them yet. I did add $50 pair of coil helper springs from O'Reilly Auto Parts (Superior RideEFFEX Coil Helper part #12-1600) on top of each side of the rear axle to keep the rear end a little higher. Feel free to send me a PM if you want any more info or pictures or whatever.Here is the rig w/ bike in Canada:

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Re: Rear Shocks

Unread postPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 9:23 pm
by RefrigMan
John Sargent installed the lifetime guaranteed Gabriel HiJackers air shocks instead of the 90 Day guaranteed Monroe air shocks that others have used. I am going to replace my faulty Monroes with Gabriels also. The Gabriel number is 49205. Auto Zone, Advance, NAPA etc. about $65 set of 2 w/ hardware. May have to use the old rubber on the bottom mount as the inside diameter is different. Autozone does the lifetime guarantee, not sure of others.

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Re: Rear Shocks

Unread postPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 5:27 pm
by hasben
I appreciate all the input I received regarding adding extra carrying capacity. After reading about the numerous problems with air shocks I decided to have an a pair of additional leaf springs installed, $300.00. It raised the rear about 1" at the axle and it drops only slightly when loaded with the combined weight of the motorcycle and the rack, approx. 550 lbs.