81 GL1100 front forks


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81 GL1100 front forks

Postby zeegl11 » Mon Mar 31, 2014 7:46 am



Morning guys and girls. I took the bottom slides of the forks. I left the caps on. Socked the seals over night. When I tried to put the slide back on it stopped when the seals hit the metal sleeve that stayed on the forks. I tried jacking the slides up, but it lifted the bike up. Sorry I can't load pics right now. How do Igget the slides back on? Maybe a ratchet straps?



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Re: 81 GL1100 front forks

Postby RBGERSON » Mon Mar 31, 2014 8:38 am

Put the seals in the bottom fork, then install the slides into the forks.
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Re: 81 GL1100 front forks

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Mar 31, 2014 10:11 am

Trying to force the bushings through the seals could rip/destroy the seals. You can try removing the seals, then remove the bushings from the fork tubes. Gently push the well-lubricated seals over the fork tubes, then reinstall the bushings.

I can't say for 100% sure that this will work - normally the seals are pushed down from the top of the fork tube, not over the bottom where the bushings go.

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Re: 81 GL1100 front forks

Postby RBGERSON » Mon Mar 31, 2014 12:52 pm

yep I forgot..about the bushings.., install bushing on tubes, backing ring, seals, on tubes slide tube into fork then..

A 3' long piece of 1-1/2" PVC pipe is an effective punch to put in the new seals. Slide the lower bush and thick backing ring down the upper leg and into the top of the lower leg. Slip the PVC down and tap them in, it doesn't take much and you won't need a hammer. Lightly oil the new seal and tap it down with the PVC until the circlip groove is fully revealed.
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HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

FAIR WINDS,
RB

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Re: 81 GL1100 front forks

Postby zeegl11 » Mon Mar 31, 2014 2:14 pm

Thanks for the help fellow wingers. After a couple of smoke breaks,new forks seals. Add 8oz of fuild, and mission complete. This forum has always been the best for DIY.




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