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blackwing fork brace

Postby roadwanderer2 » Wed Oct 28, 2015 8:57 am



ive heard a lot of these blackwing fork braces for the 1500's and watched a video on someone installing one on a GL1500. can it also be installed on the 1100's?, if it can, where can i purchase one.

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Re: blackwing fork brace

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Oct 28, 2015 9:04 am

I believe they make them only for GL1500 and GL1800. They would not fit on the GL1100.

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Re: blackwing fork brace

Postby roadwanderer2 » Wed Oct 28, 2015 9:24 am

ok........will changing out the OEM springs with progressives make the bike handle/ride better? and does installing the progressive springs do away with the shorter "B" springs.

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Re: blackwing fork brace

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Oct 28, 2015 9:31 am

roadwanderer2 wrote:ok........will changing out the OEM springs with progressives make the bike handle/ride better? and does installing the progressive springs do away with the shorter "B" springs.

stuart.


Yes, and yes.

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Re: blackwing fork brace

Postby roadwanderer2 » Wed Oct 28, 2015 9:37 am

WingAdmin wrote:
roadwanderer2 wrote:ok........will changing out the OEM springs with progressives make the bike handle/ride better? and does installing the progressive springs do away with the shorter "B" springs.

stuart.


Yes, and yes.


that's what i like, short and sweet answers. thank you. one more question.....i was looking on eBay at some of the progressive springs and i noticed that on one end of the spring the coils are closer together.......which way do those tighter coils face in the fork tubes, closer spaced to the top or bottom.

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Re: blackwing fork brace

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Oct 28, 2015 9:51 am

roadwanderer2 wrote:
WingAdmin wrote:
roadwanderer2 wrote:ok........will changing out the OEM springs with progressives make the bike handle/ride better? and does installing the progressive springs do away with the shorter "B" springs.

stuart.


Yes, and yes.


that's what i like, short and sweet answers. thank you. one more question.....i was looking on eBay at some of the progressive springs and i noticed that on one end of the spring the coils are closer together.......which way do those tighter coils face in the fork tubes, closer spaced to the top or bottom.

stuart.


The official answer is: it doesn't matter.

That said, I prefer to put the closer spaced ones at the top, as this puts less of the weight of the spring as unsprung mass, lowering unsprung weight slightly.

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Re: blackwing fork brace

Postby roadwanderer2 » Wed Oct 28, 2015 10:19 am

okie dokie, thank you wingadmin. i appreciate all the info input. knowing all of this will make the job much easier.

stuart.




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