83 Rear Spring Replacement


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83 Rear Spring Replacement

Postby Wilcoy02 » Sat Apr 25, 2015 6:45 pm



I am in the process of replacing the springs in my gl1100 shocks.

The bumper was very squishy. My question is the damper has a catch when compressing it. Could the bumper have put some of the goo in the damper?
Since the damper can not be disassembled--How can I get the goo out of the damper? If it is goo.

Could I place the damper in some gas, Mean green, mineral spirits.... to get it out?
What would I use?

Thank You for any help.



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Re: 83 Rear Spring Replacement

Postby tom84std » Sun Apr 26, 2015 3:51 pm

Wilcoy, I'm trying to be imaginative and follow along but I believe we're working with a very loose grip on terminology.

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Re: 83 Rear Spring Replacement

Postby Wilcoy02 » Sun Apr 26, 2015 6:28 pm

I am using the terminology that Gambler used when he demonstrated how to do this.

http://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/10- ... l1200.html

I have since found that there was a gob of goo on the damper stem. Got it cleaned off and now no more hang up.
I also found that the progressive spring is bigger than original and that the cup does go on but very stubborn.

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Re: 83 Rear Spring Replacement

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Apr 27, 2015 9:56 am

I think the damper stem you're talking about is more commonly referred to as the piston rod. Some people (incorrectly) smear grease on this stem thinking it will lubricate things, that might be what you're seeing. Grease on this stem will attract dirt, which will wear the oil seal quicker, and cause leaks.

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Re: 83 Rear Spring Replacement

Postby Wilcoy02 » Mon Apr 27, 2015 10:23 pm

Finished up with both shocks.
Here is how I did them.

viewtopic.php?f=16&t=27146

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Re: 83 Rear Spring Replacement

Postby littlebeaver » Mon Apr 27, 2015 11:16 pm

thanks for posting the video's,,, if I had seen this way back before I got my 412's I probably would have rebuilt them... I guess I just wasn't in the mood to deal with them..

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Re: 83 Rear Spring Replacement

Postby Johnyy Smoke » Tue Apr 28, 2015 4:34 am

How do they compare to the stock set? Regards, Johnny

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Re: 83 Rear Spring Replacement

Postby Wilcoy02 » Tue Apr 28, 2015 9:54 am

I will not be able to say how they differ until the end of June. I am putting tires on right before my trip up north. I do not feel like taking everything apart two times. This was an extra pair of shocks that I had laying around.

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Re: 83 Rear Spring Replacement

Postby littlebeaver » Tue Apr 28, 2015 10:15 am

Well, you did a great job explaining stuff, thanks ....This will benefit many...I like the sock trick.... :lol:




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