GL1100A Rear shocks, brake rotor and caliper


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mwex
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GL1100A Rear shocks, brake rotor and caliper

Postby mwex » Thu Aug 02, 2012 6:51 pm



Hello I recently purchased a 82 GL1100A that was sitting since 2005. It is in decent condition cosmeticlly and I got it for a pretty good price.
I am a novice at this kind of thing but I cannot afford to have the work done so I am doing it all myself. I got the service manual and I'm doing the work using it as well as the Goldwing online forums which are fantastic.
The bike would start but not stay running. I changed the oil and filter drained and cleaned the tank, rebuilt the carbs and replaced the fuel filter and lines and it runs like a top now.
To get it road worthy I still need to repair or change the rear shocks, I needed someone to help me get it on the center stand because the shocks are so low I am thinking of using regular heavy duty shocks rather than the air assisted not sure what to use. I also need to repair or replace the rear brake caliper and the rotor.
Does anyone out there know the best and not too expensive way to go about this and where I can get the parts?
Thanks in advance.



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NKYWinger
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Re: GL1100A Rear shocks, brake rotor and caliper

Postby NKYWinger » Thu Aug 02, 2012 9:12 pm


Rear brakes:
1)truDisc can clean up the rotor and drill it as well, if it's still in spec.
2) kits are available to rebuild the caliper- a GREAT how-to is available here.

Shocks:
1) rebuildable - how to's available
2) Progressive springs seem to be the best addition to the stock shocks.

You can do it! Read up on how to, get the parts....then have at it!

A wealth of talented guys here are very willing ti help ya.....

good luck!
--John--

FTCS(SS) USN Ret.
'83 GL1100 Aspy (SOLD)
'03 GL1800
'08 Lees-ure Lite
GWRRA 339547 KY - 'G'
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Re: GL1100A Rear shocks, brake rotor and caliper

Postby scotterichmond » Fri Aug 03, 2012 8:30 am

NKYWinger wrote:
Rear brakes:
1)truDisc can clean up the rotor and drill it as well, if it's still in spec.
2) kits are available to rebuild the caliper- a GREAT how-to is available here.

Shocks:
1) rebuildable - how to's available
2) Progressive springs seem to be the best addition to the stock shocks.

You can do it! Read up on how to, get the parts....then have at it!

A wealth of talented guys here are very willing ti help ya.....

good luck!


yep , that's the best way too, you'll know what you have when you are done and gain knowledge too !
we will help you when you get stuck.

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Rick_MD
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Re: GL1100A Rear shocks, brake rotor and caliper

Postby Rick_MD » Sat Aug 04, 2012 7:23 pm

NKYWinger wrote:
Rear brakes:
1)truDisc can clean up the rotor and drill it as well, if it's still in spec.
2) kits are available to rebuild the caliper- a GREAT how-to is available here.

Shocks:
1) rebuildable - how to's available
2) Progressive springs seem to be the best addition to the stock shocks.

You can do it! Read up on how to, get the parts....then have at it!

A wealth of talented guys here are very willing to help ya.....

good luck!


I just did my rear shocks with progressive springs. Much cheaper than buying progressive shocks and I wanted to keep air available as an option. I took the best tips from every one and made my own coil spring compressor from instructions here and on other sites (for less than twenty bucks) and had great success.

What a great ride! I can't wait to do the fronts. Make sure you take apart and inspect first or at least get the saddle bags out of the way if you have them. I had to order rubbers for the top and bottom of shocks where they mount as well as seals and boots and o-rings. All of them were bad. Still available from Honda at a decent price.

I wrenched on cars for years. Bikes are easy in comparison. Just keep safety in mind. A car will not go down like a bike will and they (cars) have emergency brakes if you do something dumb like I did. Brakes are not a good place to mess up on either one!

Good luck and feel free to ask for help. There's plenty around!




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