progressive front springs


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petarm1
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Location: rycroft,alberta,canada
Motorcycle: 1985 gl1200 limited edition
1980 gl1100 interstate
1982 Aspencade gl100

progressive front springs

Postby petarm1 » Tue Dec 15, 2015 8:53 pm



good day all. just received my new progressive springs for the front and rear for my wifes 1980 gl1100 interstate. I was hoping it came with some instruction but I guess that's extra. if anyone could please share the installation technique or a good video It would be greatly appreciated.
if it works well on hers I may change my 82 over as well.dought it though, I like my air on the old aspencade and the 85 ltd.
thanks and I know someone has the answer.
thanks petarm



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RBGERSON
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had every year from 75 to 83

Re: progressive front springs

Postby RBGERSON » Wed Dec 16, 2015 7:00 am

Basics..jack the front wheel up by putting a lift or jack under the engine, take the caps off.carefully they are under pressure..pull the old springs out..you will need a long hooked wire to get to the bottom spring on the OEm springs there shoudl be a washer between the two springs..then just drop in the progressives..open end first reinstall the cap..which can be a challenge. It helps to mark where the cap catches the threads before inserting the spring. Then lien up the cap tot eh tube just short of the mark..so as you push down and engage the cap to the tube a small turn should catch the threads. Many have built a tool to hold the cap, compress the the springs in the tube to install the cap. Search the site and you'll fine pics of the process.

You should while doing this drain the oil and refill with new oil to the appropriate level. It also may be a good time to completely rebuild the forks..new seals and bushings...which requires more work and disassembling the forks completely.
HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

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petarm1
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Location: rycroft,alberta,canada
Motorcycle: 1985 gl1200 limited edition
1980 gl1100 interstate
1982 Aspencade gl100

Re: progressive front springs

Postby petarm1 » Wed Dec 16, 2015 7:19 am

Thanks. Vary helpfull. I am questioning the size of my front progressive springs. They are vary short and large in diameter. Purchased them from canadian motorcycle. They suggested the part number for the front and back. I will search the site this weekend to locate the pictures of the install. Once again thanks for your help.

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RBGERSON
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Re: progressive front springs

Postby RBGERSON » Wed Dec 16, 2015 7:58 am

Here's a pic of a homemade fork cap compression tool. Generally progress springs are longer than OEM which makes the caps harder to get back on to the tubes. The springs should just drop down into the tubes and be close to the top of the tubes when seated, sticking up a bit. If they don't fit in diameter wise you have the wrong springs, the fit is not that tight.
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HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

FAIR WINDS,
RB

WingNutJC
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Motorcycle: GL1100 Aspencade
Goldwing Streamliner
'06 BMW R1100S

Re: progressive front springs

Postby WingNutJC » Wed Dec 16, 2015 12:03 pm

bump bump bump. +1 OK?
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1983 GL1100I frame with an 80 engine. poor boy installed with C-5 ignition--DIED in Grande Prairie Alberta Canada 8/15


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Re: progressive front springs

Postby Wilcoy02 » Wed Dec 16, 2015 12:04 pm

Here is how I replaced mine on the rear.
If you need the drilled out piece I lend mine out. You pay for shipping both ways.

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