Front Forks O Ring Question


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Manuel67
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Front Forks O Ring Question

Postby Manuel67 » Wed May 16, 2012 11:16 am



Hi Goldwingers

I am in the middle of replacing the fork seals on my newly acquired 83 GL1100i, I decided to go further than a simple seal and oil replacement due to the age and mileage of the bike (160K Miles) and replace all the O Rings, bushings etc, I am down to the last O Ring Part # O-RING (35.5X2) 91302-MA3-661, well guess what I got the last one in Canada, so I am missing one O Ring so I can put my front end together, I can not find this O Ring anywhere but I found a close match 35x2mm, it is off my .5mm in diameter, so my question is should I give it a try? Will this .5mm difference shatter my dream of riding during this Canadian long weekend? Note: I got this bike 6 weeks ago and I have been working my ass off on this baby to bring her back to good riding standards, new tires, break, rotors, timing belts, full tune up & carbs synch, pipes, battery, started solenoid, tach cable, all fluid flushed and replaced with synthetics fluids and a complete front end rebuild and I am down because ONE O RING...WTF..not fair! :cry:

Your input is greatly appreciated

Thanks
Manuel



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Re: Front Forks O Ring Question

Postby virgilmobile » Wed May 16, 2012 12:47 pm

You really don't have a choice.Use it.
The OD is the same and a stretch of 0.5 mm is negligible on a 35 mm diameter.
It would be better than leaving it out and you probably will never notice it.

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Re: Front Forks O Ring Question

Postby Manuel67 » Wed May 16, 2012 1:27 pm

virgilmobile wrote:You really don't have a choice.Use it.
The OD is the same and a stretch of 0.5 mm is negligible on a 35 mm diameter.
It would be better than leaving it out and you probably will never notice it.


Thank you my friend, yes I have no choice so far, so I will give it a try and post the results later

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Re: Front Forks O Ring Question

Postby virgilmobile » Wed May 16, 2012 1:36 pm

Tell ya what.
Anytime I restore a fork,I always test the action before I do the final assembly steps.
Yes there is a specific procedure to the assembly too.
When the slide is completed,before you put in the spring and cap it off,add the oil and stroke the fork several times to move the oil through the system.
Then compare the downstroke dampening between each slide.
They should drag through the hydraulics the same.
This is the time to check for bushing play and any stiction problems.
Take a look at my 1500 fork video's to get a idea of what it should do.http://www.goldwingdocs.com/forum/viewt ... 6&start=25




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