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front forks

Postby thomashughes83 » Wed Feb 29, 2012 12:23 pm



i put new seals in my front fork, i didn't pay attention to the orintation of the springs, first, i had to replace the tube , leaving me to remove the springs. is there a specific way they go back in. though the seal works, it seems not to be as "smooth " of a ride



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Re: front forks

Postby virgilmobile » Wed Feb 29, 2012 12:47 pm

I've always put the tight wound end in first.Although I doubt it's affecting your ride.
The most common ride problem is caused by a slight mis-alignment during re-assembly.
I have a tried and true method to ensure a smooth fork and it requires little disassembly.
This is assuming that the forks are not bent they are perfectly parallel and the slides are in good shape.

1.remove the top caps to relieve the spring pressure.
2 remove the 4 bolts on the brace.
3 loosen the axle bolts on the right side so the axle can move.
4 lift the wheel up full stroke and then support it there.
5 tighten the axle nuts first.
6 verify the brace sets flat on the fork tubes and does not rock corner to corner.If it does.file the landing spot till it sets perfectly flat on all 4 bolt pads.
7 tighten the brace.
8 remove the wheel support and lift the wheel.It should slide from the top to the bottom without any help.Nice and smooth,no binding.
9 Put the caps back on and air them up to about 5 psi when on the center stand.

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Re: front forks

Postby thomashughes83 » Wed Feb 29, 2012 7:34 pm

thanks, it's nice to see a site that actually works, i'll try your advise, thanks again

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Re: front forks

Postby virgilmobile » Wed Feb 29, 2012 9:34 pm

I forgot to ask if the forks were removed from the triple tree or just the tube

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Re: front forks

Postby thomashughes83 » Thu Mar 01, 2012 10:24 am

i took the fork off the triple tree to work on the single fork.i should say just the one side

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Re: front forks

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Mar 01, 2012 10:43 am

There shouldn't be any problem then.
Usually whenever I remove a tube,I will check it for being bent and then use a piece of plate glass laid against both forks to check for alignment.
Personally though,In your case,I wouldn't open that can of worms unless the re-assembly sequence doesn't smooth it out.
I can get detailed descriptions if needed.
Here's some reading about mine.. http://www.goldwingdocs.com/forum/viewt ... f=4&t=4029
And another...http://www.goldwingdocs.com/forum/viewt ... =16&t=6445

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Re: front forks

Postby thomashughes83 » Fri Mar 02, 2012 7:57 am

we think we have the problem solved . we going to bring it in the shop and check it out. i had to use a tube from a 1982 fork with out trax on it. so i used the "guts" from the 83 in the 82 , i think the promblem might be in the difference of the two. fortunitly, i have a very good mechinic in my son.. i'll let you know how it goes. thanks again for keeping up on this. it might good for another chapter in your how to book,no book maybe you should. tom p.s. i was scolleded by him for doing it on my own.

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Re: front forks

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Mar 02, 2012 11:14 am

Well you could change the other one too.no trax on a 83




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