GL1100I front shocks


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jaydeebuet
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GL1100I front shocks

Postby jaydeebuet » Sun May 01, 2011 8:26 pm



I am curious as to whether or not to rebuild my front shocks or take them to a local mech.? They want to charge me $300 to repair them on the bike. I have worked on shocks on a Kawasaki but not recently or this style. Help me if you can. jb



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Re: GL1100I front shocks

Postby RBGERSON » Mon May 02, 2011 7:35 am

It's too hard..and can be done with the forks on the bike..several how to's on sites like this one..only two issues I know of sometimes the lowers won't pop off the tube..can be a real pain or very easy and don't forget to remove the bolt at the bottom of the forks before you try to pop the lowers. And do the bushings while your in there.
HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

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Re: GL1100I front shocks

Postby bcassel » Mon May 02, 2011 4:58 pm

Piece of cake to do. A little messy when refilling, but not a tough job. I've done my left one once and my right one twice (small nick in the tube needed filling). Do one at a time, have a copy of the manual pages on the bench and a nice soft jaw vice and a clean table to work from. From beginning to end the first time it was 1 hour each side. That included pulling the whole fairing off too! You don't have to pull the fairing, I was in the learning stage.

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Re: GL1100I front shocks

Postby jaydeebuet » Tue May 03, 2011 7:33 pm

Do I need to buy the parts from Honda or are they available elsewhere? Still unsure how to proceed. Thanks for the reply's. jb

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Re: GL1100I front shocks

Postby bcassel » Wed May 04, 2011 8:32 am

You can order the parts from any Honda dealer, or on line. I have used Bikebandit.com and my local Honda Lawnmower shop.

The nice part about Bikebandit is the on-line parts fiche. You can identify the parts on the screen, get current parts numbers and then check prices. I found that Bikebandit and ronnies on-line parts were a little cheaper, but once you add the shipping, it comes out the same. Only thing is how long for your local shop to get the parts in, they will not have them in stock. My shop orders every day and the parts take about 4 days to arrive.

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Re: GL1100I front shocks

Postby WingAdmin » Fri May 06, 2011 2:03 pm

bcassel wrote:You can order the parts from any Honda dealer, or on line. I have used Bikebandit.com and my local Honda Lawnmower shop.

The nice part about Bikebandit is the on-line parts fiche. You can identify the parts on the screen, get current parts numbers and then check prices. I found that Bikebandit and ronnies on-line parts were a little cheaper, but once you add the shipping, it comes out the same. Only thing is how long for your local shop to get the parts in, they will not have them in stock. My shop orders every day and the parts take about 4 days to arrive.


Cyclemax now has OEM parts as well, with the same fiche system online. Their parts prices have been consistently lower than everywhere else I've found online.




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