Front fork springs


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steve 302
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Front fork springs

Postby steve 302 » Tue Apr 21, 2015 11:42 am



I'm getting ready to rebuild front forks. How can you tell which springs are in there. Stock or progessive?



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Re: Front fork springs

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Apr 21, 2015 12:45 pm

Factory springs have a more or less constant coil rate throughout. Progressive springs are wound tighter at one end, and gradually open up:

Factory Spring
Factory Spring

Progressive Springs
Progressive Springs

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Re: Front fork springs

Postby littlebeaver » Wed Apr 22, 2015 2:11 am

I don't even bother with air in the front now, the progressives are great...

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Re: Front fork springs

Postby RBGERSON » Wed Apr 22, 2015 8:39 am

stock are in two pieces..springs
HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

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Re: Front fork springs

Postby steve 302 » Wed Apr 22, 2015 9:15 am

Thank you for replys. I can tell from little beavers commet that I think they are stock. You put air in my front forks and front end comes up 4 or 5 inches.

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Re: Front fork springs

Postby littlebeaver » Fri Apr 24, 2015 9:22 pm

How did it go? did you get them installed

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Re: Front fork springs

Postby steve 302 » Sat May 02, 2015 11:07 am

Well I Have been busy. But heres the thing after posting and Little beavers reply. I went out that day and aired up forks and they have been holding air ever since and don't leak oil. When I went out this spring and looked at bike. There was a half dollar size puddle of oil on floor. I can see where the left fork was little wet. I'am going to keep riding for now. Ordered parts and they are sitting on shelf when time comes. Till then I'm going to enjoy riding. :D :D :D :D :D




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