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How many of you guys are running airshocks (arnott or any others) what are you running and what do you think of them compared to stock or other shocks you have run?
 

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I have them on my current 1800S and thoroughly love the options i tgives me. They are first rate construction and their customer service is top notch in my experience.

I also ran them on my 1300 when it was raked out and felt it was a great improvement over the 11 cut shocks and 10.5 inch Progressive 440s.


To have the choice of how high to run them is the best. Yes it is a braggable item to dump it at a show or bike night, but my comfort comes at the price of cool factor. I feel there is little to be lost on either with the Arnott parts. Everyone with first hand experience can speak for their own take on it but they earned my repeat business.
 

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I have them on my current 1800S and thoroughly love the options i tgives me. They are first rate construction and their customer service is top notch in my experience.

I also ran them on my 1300 when it was raked out and felt it was a great improvement over the 11 cut shocks and 10.5 inch Progressive 440s.


To have the choice of how high to run them is the best. Yes it is a braggable item to dump it at a show or bike night, but my comfort comes at the price of cool factor. I feel there is little to be lost on either with the Arnott parts. Everyone with first hand experience can speak for their own take on it but they earned my repeat business.
Where oh where has that been hiding ??? Really nice Tracy. BOM material for sure.
OP: Don't have first hand experience, but I follow a lot of the bike builds on here. Several have used the Arnott air shocks and seem to be very pleased with them. Most I've followed used them in conjunction with a big rear kit like Sumo-X and a 240.
 

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Thanks for the input guys, I think I'll be putting a set on my '02 1800R, as I've also been doing a ton a research on them. Any other experiences with them good or bad would still be much appreciated. TIA
 

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I heard some good and bad things about the DIY Air Shock Systems - Lots of good info out thier. I think they are called Backyard Air Ride.

AS for Arnott- Well known Company:

Here is a link for some of their products. Prices went up SEVERELY in January - 30% increase. I asked them why as almost took a bath on a few orders and it was mainly due to low volume for the Honda line.

AIR RIDE SYSTEM LINK
 

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If you don't care if they are chrome, you can build your own system using Monroe shocks.
They aren't bolt in as there is some adapting to make them work with our bikes, but my whole system cost about $300.
I have lots of travel and the ride is much smoother than any other shock I have tried.

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Testing during mock up using my shop compressor;



There is a place online selling a kit, but you can make it yourself for almost half, and I would suggest reinforcing the eyelets on the ends of the shocks, which the online kit isn't doing...

The pictures below are a Harley who had a shock failure just airing them up, not on a ride (thankfully)...I had a full bead TIG weld done around each eyelet, should be stronger than the body of the shock itself.

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Wonder how they'd look painted streamline silver? (Quinster you're heartless buddy!:cool:) Did you write up the stuff you used? if not would you be cool with shooting me a PM with some part #s?
 

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Thanks Quinn, I'll make this a winter project, would like to have chrome shocks so I might have to figure something out there but I really appreciate the parts list! I printed it off so I can start rounding up the parts.
 

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If you are going to dump the shocks remotely, make sure you have the front wheel in 'down side (left)' position.... with the shocks dumped, and the front wheel kicked 'up side (right)' mine is almost completely neutral. A touch could topple it.
 

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If you don't care if they are chrome, you can build your own system using Monroe shocks. They aren't bolt in as there is some adapting to make them work with our bikes, but my whole system cost about $300. I have lots of travel and the ride is much smoother than any other shock I have tried. Ride height; <img src="http://www.vtxcafe.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=106738"/> Fully lowered; <img src="http://www.vtxcafe.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=106746"/> Testing during mock up using my shop compressor; http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v638/Quinster/2003%20Honda%20VTX%201800R/VTX1800R.mp4 There is a place online selling a kit, but you can make it yourself for almost half, and I would suggest reinforcing the eyelets on the ends of the shocks, which the online kit isn't doing... The pictures below are a Harley who had a shock failure just airing them up, not on a ride (thankfully)...I had a full bead TIG weld done around each eyelet, should be stronger than the body of the shock itself. <img src="http://www.vtxcafe.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=106754"/> <img src="http://www.vtxcafe.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=106762"/>
I know this is kind of an old thread but I've got to ask this question. Where did you mount the compressor? I love this idea and want to do it to my X.

And is there any way you could describe how you set the system up? Ie: wiring, and switches
 

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Thanks y'all. I've got a air brake compensation pump off a fire truck to keep the air tanks full at all times when not running. I'll have to see if it'll fit there. It's about the same size as the one he described on his system from amazon.
 

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Yup tool box area...I cut the door off and it is a perfect fit for the Arnott compressor.

Switch in the 1300 set was on the dash opposite the trip meter button. 1800 install the button is on left side cover...but I use the remote control when I am off the bike.

 

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I have Harley air shocks on my 2003 1800 S. Had a guy machine the thickness down on the shock where they attach to the top bolt. Wife says they ride better then the Progressives.I keep 40 PSI in them and they don't leak. I think 40 is the max they take without blowing the seal out.
 

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