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Parts Recommendations

Postby triketrash » Tue Dec 17, 2013 12:41 am



OK- I seem to have my sprague clutch happier than it was after a couple of oil flushes and seafoam treatments. At least it's starting right up most of the time. I'm looking ahead to my next couple of jobs and getting ready to order a few parts. I want to replace my valve stem seals, and should probably replace the valve cover gaskets while I'm at it. I also see my right fork leaking fluid, so should order fork seals as well. That should keep me busy for a while. Can anyone suggest good brands/ suppliers for these parts? I've seen viton valve seals- is that a brand or a style? This is on a GL 1100 if that makes any difference.

thanks guys- vince



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Re: Parts Recommendations

Postby Sagebrush » Tue Dec 17, 2013 8:06 am

Viton is a material. Good too. The part that applies the correct pressure on the valve cover seals is the rubber boots around the bolts. If these are old, brittle, shrunken then you can't get the correct pressure on the gaskets. Its a good idea to replace them as well. I believe Honda still carries them.

Replace the bushings along with the seals and dust covers on the forks. They are wear items and it is recommended to replace them when you replace the seals.

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Re: Parts Recommendations

Postby cbx4evr » Tue Dec 17, 2013 9:03 am

When it comes to fork seals I tend to stick to OEM if still available.
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Re: Parts Recommendations

Postby triketrash » Tue Dec 17, 2013 6:34 pm

Sagebrush- I'm trying to orient myself to the location of those boots you're talking about. I though all there was to it was the retainer, the keepers and then the seals at the bottom of the valves. Is this boot something I could change without removing the heads, because that's how I'm planning on going about this- thanks

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Re: Parts Recommendations

Postby Johnyy Smoke » Wed Dec 18, 2013 6:15 am

The boots Sage refers to are around the valve cover bolts themselves.
You can change the valve seals without removing the heads, remove spark plugs and fish some rope into the cylinder and slowly rotate the motor by hand until the springs are in position, then remove the springs and change seal. The piston contacts the rope and valves ,thus getting things at the ready.
When I redid the heads on my 1980 gl1100 I bought the Athena top end gasket set from bikebandit,com. Has all the gaskets you will need for what you intend to do, and more. It includes valve seals, head gaskets, valve cover seals, etc - etc. Around $90 or there abouts. 5000 miles later and no problems.
You can purchase oem fork seals from them also. And everything else to rebuild your front.
You may want to consider replacing your oem fork springs with a set from Progressive. Your old ones are tired and Progressive springs are the only way to go. These run around 100 bucks. I love them.
Let us know how it goes. Regards, Johnyy

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Re: Parts Recommendations

Postby dingdong » Wed Dec 18, 2013 7:51 am

While the forks are apart you might as well replace the fork bushings as well.
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Re: Parts Recommendations

Postby RBGERSON » Wed Dec 18, 2013 8:07 am

I'd go OEM on all of it..valve seals, fork seals and bushings, if you do head gaskets..OEM for sure..but if you want to save some $$$ try eBay George's fixit in FL. he has a good reputation and has stuff on eBay all the time.
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Re: Parts Recommendations

Postby triketrash » Wed Dec 18, 2013 11:55 am

Right on guys- thanks for your recommendations there- I'll look up those sources but I'm leaning toward that gasket set with everything in it. Vince




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