GL1100 Fork Seal Leak


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GL1100 Fork Seal Leak

Postby marktwark » Sat Jan 25, 2014 6:01 pm



I pulled the leaking front forks off my 82 Aspencade and was wondering what a reasonable price is to fix them. I got a price from a local shop of $250 - $300 if I bring them in. I found a used set on eBay for much less but understand the risks. And… whatever I do, when I go to reinstall them, should they be clamped together or installed individually and then clamped?



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Re: GL1100 Fork Seal Leak

Postby wingit11 » Sat Jan 25, 2014 9:08 pm

My local dealer quoted me 1-1/2 hour labor (labor rate $100 hr) plus parts to do mine on my '83 Aspencade. I did not think that was too bad and the whole job cost under $200. I asked what the condition of the bushings were and they said they were fine and did not need changing. I was surprised by that as I have owned the bike for 20 years and have only done the forks once before and did not do the bushings then either.

To me it sounds like they are over charging you. Maybe try another shop.

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Re: GL1100 Fork Seal Leak

Postby marktwark » Sat Jan 25, 2014 9:22 pm

I thought it was a bit high too. Thanks for your kind response...... Mark

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Re: GL1100 Fork Seal Leak

Postby RBGERSON » Sun Jan 26, 2014 8:48 am

Do it yourself..not that hard and you can leave the forks on the bike to do it or take them off..several how to's on several sites including this one.

viewtopic.php?f=11&t=5601

http://www.ngwclub.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=11831


But install forks in tree loosely attach wheel, to get forks true, then tighten tree clamps..top then bottom.
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Re: GL1100 Fork Seal Leak

Postby marktwark » Sun Jan 26, 2014 12:25 pm

Great links-- Thanks!

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Re: GL1100 Fork Seal Leak

Postby RoadRogue » Sun Feb 02, 2014 4:52 am

You should be able to do the job yourself , new seals,new bushings and new Progressive Suspension springs for around $125. Yes the new springs are nessesary if you still have the 30+ year old stock springs, they are sagged out by now. 8-)
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Re: GL1100 Fork Seal Leak

Postby marktwark » Sun Feb 02, 2014 8:45 am

Thank you. Can the parts you recommend be bought as a kit or are they individually sold? Thanks very much for responding...... Mark

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Re: GL1100 Fork Seal Leak

Postby indianakid » Sun Feb 02, 2014 12:19 pm

The title of your post is “Fork Seal Leak”.

If you are have no other problem than a leak I would recommend just changing out the seals. Unless you feel excessive play between the lower leg and fork tube the bushings are OK. The link in a prior post showed bushings that were going to be replaced. In my opinion from the photos they were still serviceable with respect to the criteria in the factory manual. Also in a prior post it was stated when the forks were serviced by a local dealer it was determined they do not need to be replaced.

( I do not replace parts with out reason. If you are concerned about the springs, check them against the factory specs in the manual. Or if you just want to try different springs and it is with in budget, that would be your choice. )

Changing seals can be done with out disassembling the fork leg. The procedure is in the factory manual. I have used this method and it works. Not having a press large enough I just nailed a 2x4 to the garage wall and used about a 4 foot long 2x4 as a lever. Instead of ATF I just used the solvent I was using to flush out the fork. Then I polish off any high spots of rock nicks on the fork tube which most likely caused the leak in the first place. Drive in the new seals, PVC pipe works well for this. Re-install the forks.

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Re: GL1100 Fork Seal Leak

Postby marktwark » Sun Feb 02, 2014 1:40 pm

Thanks for taking the time to provide me with all that information. I appreciate it!

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Re: GL1100 Fork Seal Leak

Postby RonHolly » Tue Feb 04, 2014 7:59 pm

My Valkyrie right fork seal was leaking and I used a tool called Seal Mate. The tool cost $5 and it is used to "clean" dirt from under the seal which was causing the leak. I thought it was a gimmick but has worked "great!" Demo video on YouTube.

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Re: GL1100 Fork Seal Leak

Postby RoadRogue » Tue Feb 04, 2014 11:53 pm

marktwark wrote:Thank you. Can the parts you recommend be bought as a kit or are they individually sold? Thanks very much for responding...... Mark


I sourced the slider bushings, seals fork oil from my local Honda dealer, and got the Progressive Suspension springs from Amazon. its an easy job with simple hand tools. I think there is even a How to article around here some where. I was right , here it is 8-) viewtopic.php?f=11&t=5601
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Re: GL1100 Fork Seal Leak

Postby mytown » Mon Feb 10, 2014 1:49 am

RonHolly wrote:My Valkyrie right fork seal was leaking and I used a tool called Seal Mate. The tool cost $5 and it is used to "clean" dirt from under the seal which was causing the leak. I thought it was a gimmick but has worked "great!" Demo video on YouTube.
20140115_105159_resized_zpsc9985589.jpg


I had the same results, but in this case I'd replace the seals since the forks are off.

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Re: GL1100 Fork Seal Leak

Postby FlashBack » Thu Feb 20, 2014 2:55 pm

RonHolly wrote:My Valkyrie right fork seal was leaking and I used a tool called Seal Mate. The tool cost $5 and it is used to "clean" dirt from under the seal which was causing the leak. I thought it was a gimmick but has worked "great!" Demo video on YouTube.
20140115_105159_resized_zpsc9985589.jpg


I watched the video on the sealmate tool. Where was it purchased at? I just discovered i have a leak begining on a seal and am hoping this will do the trick for me

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Re: GL1100 Fork Seal Leak

Postby RonHolly » Thu Feb 20, 2014 3:43 pm

FlashBack wrote:
RonHolly wrote:My Valkyrie right fork seal was leaking and I used a tool called Seal Mate. The tool cost $5 and it is used to "clean" dirt from under the seal which was causing the leak. I thought it was a gimmick but has worked "great!" Demo video on YouTube.
20140115_105159_resized_zpsc9985589.jpg


I watched the video on the sealmate tool. Where was it purchased at? I just discovered i have a leak begining on a seal and am hoping this will do the trick for me


Mine is still working fine! No leak anymore. Watch the video's and do the cleaning more than just one turn around the fork. There are other types but this just happens to be the one I bought.

Try this: Sealmate.com

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Re: GL1100 Fork Seal Leak

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Feb 21, 2014 10:40 am

FlashBack wrote:
RonHolly wrote:My Valkyrie right fork seal was leaking and I used a tool called Seal Mate. The tool cost $5 and it is used to "clean" dirt from under the seal which was causing the leak. I thought it was a gimmick but has worked "great!" Demo video on YouTube.
20140115_105159_resized_zpsc9985589.jpg


I watched the video on the sealmate tool. Where was it purchased at? I just discovered i have a leak begining on a seal and am hoping this will do the trick for me


Here you go: Online at Amazon for $7: Motion Pro Sealmate

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Re: GL1100 Fork Seal Leak

Postby FlashBack » Fri Feb 21, 2014 5:49 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
FlashBack wrote:
RonHolly wrote:My Valkyrie right fork seal was leaking and I used a tool called Seal Mate. The tool cost $5 and it is used to "clean" dirt from under the seal which was causing the leak. I thought it was a gimmick but has worked "great!" Demo video on YouTube.
20140115_105159_resized_zpsc9985589.jpg


I watched the video on the sealmate tool. Where was it purchased at? I just discovered i have a leak begining on a seal and am hoping this will do the trick for me


Here you go: Online at Amazon for $7: Motion Pro Sealmate


I have a 3-D printer at work. Think i'll make my own :D

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Re: GL1100 Fork Seal Leak

Postby cbx4evr » Mon Feb 24, 2014 11:09 am

FlashBack wrote:I watched the video on the sealmate tool. Where was it purchased at? I just discovered i have a leak begining on a seal and am hoping this will do the trick for me


I found a picture of the Seal Mate and printed it. I then cut the side out of a plastic milk jug and used the printed picture as a template to cut out my own. Works like a charm for no cost.


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