changing fork seals and springs


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changing fork seals and springs

Postby DragonRider » Thu May 19, 2011 2:17 pm



My wifes '82 GL1100 Aspencade has been on a Voyager conversion kit for some time, reciently I took bike off the kit to replace the rear tire and I noticed just how much lower her bike sits next to my '83 GL1100 Aspencade.
I know the fork seals are leaking and need to be replaced, I was told that the springs inside should also be replaced to get bike back to its correct ride height. Trouble is someone else told me to keep the old springs and install a 2.5" spacer (pvc) to make up for the weak springs.
Since money is tight would there be any major problems with keeping the old springs and using a spacer? the bike is normally on a Voyager kit so it does not lean in corners. And should I put spacer at bottom or top of spring?



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Re: changing fork seals and springs

Postby thrasherg » Thu May 19, 2011 2:34 pm

If you are on a tight budget a spacer will work, but as the springs have sagged, it will not give a very comfortable ride!! You need to be sure that the spring will not become coil bound at full compression (That is where all the coils of the spring touch each other so the spring cannot be compressed any further so it becomes a rigid structure and will give a very uncomfortable ride and damage mechanical parts).

If you add a spacer, I would put it on top of the spring, that way the spring is sitting in the fork oil at the bottom of the forks and that will help with heat, noise and friction as the forks more up and down during riding.. New springs really are the best way to go, but do not use the Honda Springs, get some after market (Traxxion, etc) which will be a lot cheaper and probably firmer which will give a better ride.

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Re: changing fork seals and springs

Postby lbman » Thu May 19, 2011 3:06 pm

I found my Progressive springs on Ebay. I think for $50 or close to that. I have Never been so happy . for the money and especially how much of an undertaking to tear those rear shocks apart I would suggest you get all your parts rounded up little by little and do it once and do it right. you will be glad you did.
adding spacers to sagging springs has never worked for very long on any vehicle i have done .It puts more stress on whats left of springs and they could brake. and they will deteriorate more quickly. may help for a little while but you will be out some serious time doing it. plus you say you have to replace seals? if old springs are that bad they could just as well take out new seals as well as mess up shock body. then you will have to spring :? for new shocks. I did see on Ebay they had whole coil over progressive wound shocks for sale. seemed cheep enough. maybe too good to be true.
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Re: changing fork seals and springs

Postby DragonRider » Thu May 19, 2011 3:50 pm

Thank you, found set of new progressive fork springs at JP Cycles for nearly $100.00 I hope that we will be able to get it together in one paycheck so she can get back to riding...

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Re: changing fork seals and springs

Postby Willy447 » Thu May 19, 2011 4:59 pm

Progressive springs are some of best things you can add to your bike!.

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Re: changing fork seals and springs

Postby giturgun » Thu May 19, 2011 8:03 pm

U will not regret the springs fer sure
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Re: changing fork seals and springs

Postby giturgun » Thu May 19, 2011 8:06 pm

U will not regret the springs fer sure


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