What do I need / want?

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What do I need / want?

Post by ankgrays » Tue Sep 15, 2015 7:38 am

I finally got the rear brakes the way I wanted them...working.

On to the next project - front brakes rebuild. They work fine, but I thought just because of age, I'd do them next.

But...The old girl is peeing down her leg. The fork seals are leaking now.

I've read the how-to, and it makes sense, however I'd like to replace the springs with progressive and get rid of the air assist.

What kind / brand / type of springs do I need? Rebuild kits? Anything else? How do I get rid of the air part...just start cutting?


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Re: What do I need / want?

Post by RBGERSON » Tue Sep 15, 2015 9:58 am

Progressive springs is way most go just go to their site and list your bike. You don't have to remove the air ports you can just leave it all in place..but you can remove the crossover tube and the valves and just replace with the correct bolts to seal the opening you can add an o ring to help them seal but usually not needed.

I'd go with Honda kit and include new bushings..


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Re: What do I need / want?

Post by bruce swaybill » Fri Sep 18, 2015 11:18 am

The air provides most of the spring preload that resists the static sag of the suspension. The springs only with no air pressure will make the front end spongie, slow responding to steering inputs and bottom on most bumps.

I weigh about 230lbs and use 20psi front and 50psi rear. I also have Progressive springs front and shocks rear. It has a nice supple ride with hardly any bottoming either end.

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