80 GL1100 - Weak Fork springs


Information and questions on GL1100 Goldwings (1980-1983)
  • Sponsored Links
gaillarry
Posts: 30
Joined: Mon Aug 03, 2009 7:04 am
Location: North Bay, ON Canada
Motorcycle: 1998 GL1500

80 GL1100 - Weak Fork springs

Postby gaillarry » Thu May 17, 2012 7:20 pm



My son-in-law just bought an 80 GL1100. Runs ok but needs some TLC. Front forks are leaking. I changed the forks seals today and found the fork springs very weak. I can bottom out the outer fork tube with two hands. Normally I find the forks very hard to compress but on this GL1100 its easy with two hands pushing down hard.

I put 8 oz of fork oil, then 12 oz but the forks are still easy to to bottom out. Installed them on the bike and to me the fork springs are useless. Push down hard and the forks will bottom out.


Is it weak springs or poor assembley ?



User avatar
RBGERSON
Posts: 2625
Joined: Tue Mar 09, 2010 7:57 am
Location: SCOTTSDALE, AZ
Motorcycle: 98 SE GL 1500
had every year from 75 to 83

Re: 80 GL1100 - Weak Fork springs

Postby RBGERSON » Fri May 18, 2012 7:57 am

Replace then with progressives..$80..on eBay. Springs do wear out check the unsprung length against manual specs probable short..Also you can ad a spacer on the top of the springs to tighten then up like PVC pipe to fit the bore...length up to you 1" or 1/2"? or ad more washers to the middle
HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

FAIR WINDS,
RB

User avatar
RBGERSON
Posts: 2625
Joined: Tue Mar 09, 2010 7:57 am
Location: SCOTTSDALE, AZ
Motorcycle: 98 SE GL 1500
had every year from 75 to 83

Re: 80 GL1100 - Weak Fork springs

Postby RBGERSON » Tue May 22, 2012 10:57 am

Also a tip on installing the cap..with the springs out mark the stop where the cap catches the thread..in the fork top and cap so when you try to put the cap on with the springs in and are having to compress the springs you'll know exactly where to align the cap so it catches right away..makes it a lot easier!!
HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

FAIR WINDS,
RB

User avatar
Johnyy Smoke
Posts: 600
Joined: Sat Nov 26, 2011 6:44 am
Location: Se Minnesota
Motorcycle: 1980 GL1100
Vetter. "Its like Deja Vu all over again".

Re: 80 GL1100 - Weak Fork springs

Postby Johnyy Smoke » Tue May 22, 2012 5:46 pm

Go with the progressive springs-I intalled a pair last month-same bike.Not a big deal.You dont need to add air either after installation.Progressive springs are one piece-so you just toss yor springs and washer out the window.Regards,Johnyy




Return to “GL1100 Information & Questions”




Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 4 guests