Spring Has Sprung...On My Wing, That Is


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Spring Has Sprung...On My Wing, That Is

Postby wjnfirearms » Mon Dec 17, 2012 5:45 pm



I finally had time today to work on the GL 1000. I did get the fork seals installed and my worry was for nothing. I took my time and it went just fine.

While I had the forks off, I decided it would be much easier to install the mounting bracket for the Windjammer now, especially as I had to remove the radiator to do it and there's nothing in the way presently. Smart, huh? ;) So, I tore into the radiator removal. One thing I knew was there made removal of the hoses a pain. There were springs covering both the upper and lower rad hoses that were color matched to the bike. I didn't realize it until I got to this point, but they are actually spring steel. I had thought that they were the cheap covers that you can buy in any auto parts store to dress up the hoses. Not so. I did get the hoses off and even though they don't look bad, they are going to be replaced as I don't know how old they are and the clamp depressions are pretty deep. That tells me that they have been on there for a good while.

My question is about the spring hose covers. Are they something that Honda put on or is my gut right and they were installed by a previous owner? Painted and clean, they do dress that part of the bike up a tad and I can see how, being metal, they would shield the hoses for some degree of protection. I'm debating on whether to repaint them and put them back or not. Opinions? :?
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Re: Spring Has Sprung...On My Wing, That Is

Postby Fred Camper » Mon Dec 17, 2012 6:11 pm

Those are used so that when a hose bends, it does not collapse on itself and also for when the bike cools down and vacuum sets up in the coolant system as the coolant cools down and contracts, the hose will not collapse under the vacuum. So although not essential, they do offer a function. I would use them. My 1977 GL1000 has a plastic version on the hose, which offers some protection but does not stop a collapse.

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Re: Spring Has Sprung...On My Wing, That Is

Postby SteveB123 » Mon Dec 17, 2012 6:23 pm

Fred, they are external to the actual hose, so they're for physical protection only.

OP, they are stock, installed by Mother. Probably a good idea.
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Re: Spring Has Sprung...On My Wing, That Is

Postby wjnfirearms » Mon Dec 17, 2012 8:23 pm

Thank you, gentlemen. Answered my query.

I guess I'm cleaning them up and giving them fresh paint.
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Re: Spring Has Sprung...On My Wing, That Is

Postby Fred Camper » Mon Dec 17, 2012 9:54 pm

External does offer collapse protection, as to collapse a hose it flatens in one axis and expands in another 90 degrees apart. So an external or internal spring does the same thing as it stops movement in one of the two directions. Only the external also protects from abrasion.




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