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Argh

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Mar 14, 2010 9:30 pm



Well I started my winter maintenance this weekend by installing my new tires. Along the way, I discovered that the new Emgo brakes I put on last spring are already virtually gone - and those brake pads had only 5,000 miles on them.

The worst thing I discovered however, is that one of my rear shocks is blown. I had hopes of actually getting out and riding this week. Not anymore. My bike is still in the garage torn to pieces.




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Re: Argh

Postby guitarlos » Mon Mar 15, 2010 5:51 am

Sounds like you may have to look at that back caliper and ensure that its not sticking, I cant believe that you wore out a set of pads in under 5k miles. Better to find out now than in 4 weeks from now I guess.

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Re: Argh

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Mar 15, 2010 9:54 am

I know the back caliper is not sticking, and I am also pretty sure I know why my rear is worn so much more than the front: utilizing trailing brake in slow maneuvers - which I did a lot of this past year.

That said, still: 5,000 miles is not an acceptable life for brake pads to me. Now that I think about it, I don't remember if they were Emgo or EBC. Whichever, I'm going to switch to something else this year.

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Re: Argh

Postby furnaceman48154 » Mon Mar 15, 2010 10:39 am

Sorry for your misery! I have enjoed a rare March in the midwest and have ridden to work every day since Feb. 26th! One question please, should a person who does not enjoy working on motorcycles take on the front fork seal replacement job? I have a nice 83 GL1100. The dealership that did my oil change last Sat. 3-13-10 estimated $320.00 for the work, ARGH!

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Re: Argh

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Mar 15, 2010 1:13 pm

furnaceman48154 wrote:Sorry for your misery! I have enjoed a rare March in the midwest and have ridden to work every day since Feb. 26th! One question please, should a person who does not enjoy working on motorcycles take on the front fork seal replacement job? I have a nice 83 GL1100. The dealership that did my oil change last Sat. 3-13-10 estimated $320.00 for the work, ARGH!


I haven't done my front forks yet - but looking at the seals on mine, I suspect I will be doing them sometime this year, or perhaps next winter. Hopefully they'll make it through this season.

It's a bit of a messy job, but it's not impossible, and you don't need lots of specialized tools or anything - just a piece of PVC tube. I'll document mine when I do them, but in the meantime, I found this page that has a fairly good description.

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Re: Argh

Postby kanada » Mon Mar 15, 2010 4:52 pm

That was a pretty good article, and for the money its alot cheaper for you to do it.Seals are cheap these days and so is oil.By the way AdminWing since you have that rear caliper off it there a # stamped on it ? Say 32 or 24.Thx
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Re: Argh

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Mar 15, 2010 6:39 pm

I've actually got the caliper back on at the moment (I didn't pull it off, I just undid the bolts, and after I pulled the axle, I swung the whole rear brake assembly up out of the way). But I'll check for you later this week when I do pull it off.

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Re: Argh

Postby kanada » Mon Mar 15, 2010 7:30 pm

I thought you might say you got the bike fixed and back on the road. :lol:
thx.
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Re: Argh

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Mar 15, 2010 7:40 pm

Nah. I need to deal with the shocks, which are sitting on the floor right now next to the bike, and the brakes first.

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Re: Argh

Postby kanada » Mon Mar 15, 2010 7:45 pm

I just finished the shocks last week and the were real simple.Now to the forks.This bike will be almost new by the time I am finished. 8-)
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Re: Argh

Postby furnaceman48154 » Tue Mar 16, 2010 6:49 am

Thanks WingAdmin for the encouragement! I read a couple of articles concerning the fork seal/oil replacement and am still a bit anxious about doing it. It's tough where I am located in southwest Michigan since there are not the little motorcycle shops that there were in Detroit where I grew up and got competitive quotes for work. My quote of $320.00 was from a Honda Motorsports business in Benton Harbor, MI. Good safe riding to all of you! G. Hall

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Re: Argh

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Mar 16, 2010 6:52 am

Facing $320, the majority of which I would suspect is labor, I'd definitely take it on myself. The cost of parts to do both front forks is less than $20, so you can even buy extra parts in case you're worried about messing it up the first time. :)

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Re: Argh

Postby actionpack » Thu Apr 08, 2010 9:34 am

furnaceman48154 wrote:Thanks WingAdmin for the encouragement! I read a couple of articles concerning the fork seal/oil replacement and am still a bit anxious about doing it. It's tough where I am located in southwest Michigan since there are not the little motorcycle shops that there were in Detroit where I grew up and got competitive quotes for work. My quote of $320.00 was from a Honda Motorsports business in Benton Harbor, MI. Good safe riding to all of you! G. Hall
not that big of deal , i just pulled the legs off and left the fork tubes be , do it all by the book except for takeing the whole forks off the bike ,
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Re: Argh

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Apr 08, 2010 10:08 am

I've got someone who is doing their front forks right now, and is taking pictures as they go, so with any luck, we'll have a How-To online for it soon.

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Re: Argh

Postby kanada » Thu Apr 08, 2010 2:39 pm

Actionpack replaced the seals the E Z way.My mechanic mentor taught that way, and you cut lador down and made money.You still want to clean out the forks though.Its almost like the brake slugg found in WingAdmin rear master.Make it clean it will perform like new.Good luck. :D


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