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How to change fork seals per manual
You dont have to remove the fairing.

Jack up the front of the bike and place a block under the engine.
Release air pressure from the front forks.
Remove wheel, fender and fork brace.

UNDO the socket bolt at the bottom of each fork BEFORE removing the fork cap.


Remove plastic handlebar cover.
Loosen the fork tube top caps.
Loosen top and bottom fork pinch bolts (6)

You dont need to remove the forks but I prefer to work on a bench.

As you lower the forks remove the stop ring this will allow the forks to slide out.


If using Progressive springs use their leaflet as to filling the forks with
oil


I have used both 15 weight Belray fork oil or Automatic Transmission Fluid your call.

When seating the seal you can use a piece of ABS pipe slit down one side

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The only stupid questions are the one's that are not asked.

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#1 11-08-2007, 08:17 PM,
Well done Tricky and thank you very much. Your presentation is awesome and much appreciated.
Ed (Vic) Belanger - 1954-2015
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#2 11-10-2007, 10:51 AM,
I agree with Vic- THanks Tricky!!!!

Maybe you should think of a new name like- Awesome Big Grin

I was liiking for a post of yours yesterday on the site--
Everyone should go out and look at how many posts Tricky has-- it's unbelievable- and everyone of them are dead on with good information

Tricky - you da' man
Tim
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#3 11-11-2007, 06:10 AM,
Maybe instead of Tricky it should be Mr. Accurate. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: We sure do appreciate you here Tricky.
Ed (Vic) Belanger - 1954-2015
Founder of gl1200goldwings.com

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#4 12-07-2007, 05:13 PM,
ok my seals have arrived, (oil and dust for each leg)

Should i start this project, or theres something else i need to get before starting?, the orings from the air injecter will not be damaged while removing the forks?
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#5 01-25-2008, 08:35 AM,
Go ahead and start. You might need bushings but probably not, you will see when you get it apart. The o-rings usually survive no problem, wet the fork tubes with transmission fluid to make it easier for them to slide.
Ed (Vic) Belanger - 1954-2015
Founder of gl1200goldwings.com

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#6 01-25-2008, 11:05 AM,
the bushings can be made of bronze? or must get honda's. cuz if have to change them i will be stuck with no wing for 1 or 2 months =(
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#7 01-25-2008, 01:31 PM,
The bushings are teflon coated. If they are worn install the new seals, check the bushings, if worn reassemble everything and install the new bushings when they come in. It will only cost you some time and some oil.
Ed (Vic) Belanger - 1954-2015
Founder of gl1200goldwings.com

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#8 01-25-2008, 07:14 PM,
dummie question.. 345 CC per fork or for both or for each :oops:
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#9 02-05-2008, 01:03 PM,
for each, but if you have progressive springs you use less as the spring takes more space
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#10 02-05-2008, 01:55 PM,
Use the leaflet that came with your Progressive springs to determine the correct amount of oil.
The preferred method is to measure the level of the oil with the springs removed and the fork leg depressed.
Maximum oil Level is 5.5" from the top of the fork to the top of the oil
The only stupid questions are the one's that are not asked.

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#11 02-05-2008, 03:11 PM,
i have stock springs, i believe x.x right now have the forks ready 2, but now i cant losen the lower bolt, it is so tighten and the allen socket is a bit damaged... damn =(
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#12 02-05-2008, 03:25 PM,
If that is the case then you may need to remove the fork in order to get the bolt off.
hopefully using a new allen wrench and warming the bolt, if the springs are not in the forks you will have a difficult time holding the inner fork piston while trying to turn the bolt.
There are ways.
Failing the use of a new Allen wrench then drilling the bolt is the next option. You will still need pressure on the inner piston to prevent the piston from turning while drilling the bolt.
The only stupid questions are the one's that are not asked.

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#13 02-05-2008, 05:15 PM,
already removed the fork legs, it was really easy to do, the only thing i worry now, is how to tighten with my torque wrench, both side lower bolts were really hard to lose.

i made it to remove the right fork damper bolt, the left was really damaged, dumb previous owner, they remove a damaged bolt ad they did not replace them anyway.. tomorrow ill buy an allen socket of 1/4 and i hope to get that bolt out without drilling =(
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#14 02-05-2008, 05:58 PM,
tricky Wrote:If using Progressive springs use their leaflet as to filling the forks with oil

Uh oh. Hmmmm...

You may have read that I just sold a set of Progressive springs because my bike already had them. A mechanic rebuilt the forks. He's no dummy, but my instruction sheet went with the set that I sold. In general I know he has been referring to the service manual for other things. He even noted to me how many CC's the right fork was missing so I know he was paying attention to the volume of oil. (The right one had a blown seal and had a big leak.) He rebuilds forks all the time.

BUT, that part of the work is already done. Since I know he didn't have the sheet, what are the odds he put the right amount of oil in (by eyeballing it I guess) and how much does it matter?
Paul
'86 SEi
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