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I now know where you guys find the love on these bikes.
I've just had it. I've replaced the timing belts, cleaned the carbs, replaced the battery, replaced the rear caliper, replaced the front fork seals, replaced the windsheild, replaced a header and the gaskets, I replaced the rear spline, I replaced both tires,and who knows how much more I forgot I did? and what do I get for a thank you? Fork oil leaking all over my front caliper again after I just did the seals. It was fine until I added air in the system. I had no leaks. I added some air to the front and rear shocks and oil comes dripping out both the front and rear seals and shocks. I'm done working on this, I may list it for 1,500.00 on eBay or just park it and drive it hear and there leaking or not. Extremely frustrated and done.
You can have them. Way to much work for my enjoyment.
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#1 02-17-2012, 04:34 PM,
Sorry to here about your frustration. How many miles on the bike
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#2 02-17-2012, 06:24 PM,
Frustration is always an accompanying evil to anything mechanical. Take a step back and have a little breather. Let the project rest for several days, then come back to it with a fresh mindset. You'll feel better afterwards. We all get frustrated and discouraged. Period. But persistence pays off and is rewarding when the job is well done. Sometimes repairs come back, but that's how we gain experience and learn patience. Stick with it and hang in there! Don't throw in the towel yet! Your almost there! Don't give up a good runner just for a leaky fork seal....

The GL1200 is a perfectly good motorcycle and carries out many utility functions that others can't. Fully featured and still a good looking bike after all these years. Look at it this way..... Say you have $3000 and several weeks or months of labor into a great full dress touring bike when done. That's a great deal. Plus, you know what you have when you're done. You'll know the bikes history. You could go buy a brand new one for $24,000. Or you could get into a good used one for $10,000 and not know it's history. Then have to replace a fork seal, put on tires and replace the brakes anyways. See what I'm saying? Stick with what you have it's cheaper!

Best wishes!
Adam
'96 ST1100
Brewerton, NY
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#3 02-17-2012, 06:26 PM,
sorry to hear about the problems,were there any nicks,scratches or pitts in the forks or rear shocks when you rebuilt,and if oem parts weren't used could be a problem too,replaced my front seals with non oem and didn't get out of garage
1987 Aspencade 129K
1986 SEI 93K
2014 Tri-Glide HD 17K

Hancock,MD
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#4 02-17-2012, 06:41 PM,
Howard1200A Wrote:Sorry to here about your frustration. How many miles on the bike
68k. It runs fine. I'm just so tired of the oil leaks.
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#5 02-17-2012, 06:42 PM,
neoracer Wrote:sorry to hear about the problems,were there any nicks,scratches or pitts in the forks or rear shocks when you rebuilt,and if oem parts weren't used could be a problem too,replaced my front seals with non oem and didn't get out of garage
I used Hondas seals and everything was fine. I did them a couple days ago. Today I hit the compressor button and put some air in the forks and then they started leaking. Of course this goes right on the brake pads and disk, Oh well. Just venting.
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#6 02-17-2012, 07:08 PM,
68000 miles isn't alot of miles, as far as timing belts, cleaning the carbs, replaceing the battery are general mantinance and shouldn't be a problem for another 60,000 miles.The fork seals, im no expert, you may be lucky to fined a fellow goldwinger in CT. to lend a hand?
As Burnout said, all the work you have into it you should consider keeping the bike and enjoy your hard work! Not much else to do.
My 84 Aspencade has 68.000 on it, I replaced a few items including timming belts and it runs like a dream.
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#7 02-17-2012, 07:34 PM,
I too am sorry to hear of your woes and I feel the same way you do. I have completed a "poorboy conversion", replaced the dog-bone fuse along with timing belts, plugs, etc... Now I ride today and notice I have oil dripping from the rubber boot at the rear of the engine. Don't know if it's a real main seal(God I hope not) or drive shaft seal. It is very discouraging but I know that I will get the answers and support from the fellow wingers on this site. Keep the faith brother.
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#8 02-17-2012, 08:09 PM,
Flashfire65 Wrote:I too am sorry to hear of your woes and I feel the same way you do. I have completed a "poorboy conversion", replaced the dog-bone fuse along with timing belts, plugs, etc... Now I ride today and notice I have oil dripping from the rubber boot at the rear of the engine. Don't know if it's a real main seal(God I hope not) or drive shaft seal. It is very discouraging but I know that I will get the answers and support from the fellow wingers on this site. Keep the faith brother.
Yeah so you know where im coming from. My biggest worry is the alt going. If that happens i just wont have the energy and dedication for that.
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#9 02-17-2012, 08:20 PM,
I'm sure there's lots of people out there & on here that have put thousands of miles on these older wings with little more than changing fluids & filters.i do know how you feel though. I've had a few boats that were big maintence nightmares.
Here's a link ( if it pastes correctly) to complete fork unit on eBay currently $70 with shipping.

1984-1987 HONDA GOLDWING GL1200 FRONT FORKS
87 1200A
85 LTD
81 1100
81 KZ1000
58 Harley
62 Allstate
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#10 02-18-2012, 01:10 AM,
I have the same issue with the fork seals. I have a reciept which came with the bike from a Goldwing specialist workshop 4th Aug 11, ;- Dust seals& covers ,Guide bushes, Slider bushes, Oil, full stripdown...£174. Twice now I've had a large amount of oil come out of the right hand leg and go all over the brakes and tyre, this has happened when its been parked on the mainstand and doesnt appear to leak when I've ridden the bike. I'll try running different air pressure but it was at the middle setting so I'm not sure what could be going on, the chrome looks to be perfect on the sliders.
Cheers...Charlie
The lady walking ahead of me sped up so I did too, she began running so I ran too, she screamed so I screamed as well. I never even saw what we were running from.
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#11 02-18-2012, 03:08 AM,
spongebob Wrote:I have the same issue with the fork seals. I have a reciept which came with the bike from a Goldwing specialist workshop 4th Aug 11, ;- Dust seals& covers ,Guide bushes, Slider bushes, Oil, full stripdown...£174. Twice now I've had a large amount of oil come out of the right hand leg and go all over the brakes and tyre, this has happened when its been parked on the mainstand and doesnt appear to leak when I've ridden the bike. I'll try running different air pressure but it was at the middle setting so I'm not sure what could be going on, the chrome looks to be perfect on the sliders.
Wow that really sucks. I decreased the air last night to nothjing. Lets see what happens? It's the same left fork that was leaking before I did all that work. Everything looked fine or I wouldn't of put it back together.
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#12 02-18-2012, 05:46 AM,
Besides the fact that they can probably go 200,000 miles, the GL1200 is a comfortable touring bike that is a "classic". I don't know anyone who owns a "classic" car, boat, bike or home that does not continually have to maintain and repair things. It's part of the deal, really. You should probably sell it if you're not up to the task or don't have the patience. I'm not saying that to be mean, but a 25 year old bike is going to have problems. I have two 1200s. Love the bike, the price point, and I am actually becoming a better motorcycle mechanic as time goes by. I have two bikes because when one goes down I have another to ride. Between the two 1200s, I probably have about $10,000 into them including the bikes, but that still is about $10,000 cheaper than a brand new one. Do as you like, but to me one of my 1200's has to pretty much "kick the bucket" in order for me to get rid of mine. Before doing anything, I would probably take a week or so off and get away from the bike. Sometimes a little break can go a long way. I hope for you that it all works out and you decide to keep it. Hell, you practically have done a whole renovation on the bike. Pretty soon, there won't be anything left to break!!!!!! \:d/
1997 Valkyrie Tourer, 1987 Burgandy Aspencade with poorboy installed, and a 2005 Red GL 1800.
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#13 02-18-2012, 09:45 AM,
bagelboy Wrote:Besides the fact that they can probably go 200,000 miles, the GL1200 is a comfortable touring bike that is a "classic". I don't know anyone who owns a "classic" car, boat, bike or home that does not continually have to maintain and repair things. It's part of the deal, really. You should probably sell it if you're not up to the task or don't have the patience. I'm not saying that to be mean, but a 25 year old bike is going to have problems. I have two 1200s. Love the bike, the price point, and I am actually becoming a better motorcycle mechanic as time goes by. I have two bikes because when one goes down I have another to ride. Between the two 1200s, I probably have about $10,000 into them including the bikes, but that still is about $10,000 cheaper than a brand new one. Do as you like, but to me one of my 1200's has to pretty much "kick the bucket" in order for me to get rid of mine. Before doing anything, I would probably take a week or so off and get away from the bike. Sometimes a little break can go a long way. I hope for you that it all works out and you decide to keep it. Hell, you practically have done a whole renovation on the bike. Pretty soon, there won't be anything left to break!!!!!! \:d/
I'm not sure what I'm gonna do right now and there's no rush. If leaving no air in the system stops the leak I'll be thrilled. I've always been a huge Honda fan and I am surprised at the issues the bike seems to have as far as Honda's go. I'm used to turn key and go. Thats not the case here by any means. I'm not a big rider so if the leaks stop I should be good. When I started this thread I didn't think about decreasing the air. So far so good.
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#14 02-18-2012, 01:57 PM,
any chance you might have overfilled air pressure in front forks?
1987 Aspencade 129K
1986 SEI 93K
2014 Tri-Glide HD 17K

Hancock,MD
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