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leumas65
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suspension..

Postby leumas65 » Sat Jul 16, 2011 12:38 pm



I have a 1981 gl 1100 once in a while when I go over a bump it makes a loud CLUNK! It feels like the bike is going to split in two. It only does it once in a while..does anyone have an idea of what it may be?



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Re: suspension..

Postby WingAdmin » Sat Jul 16, 2011 7:00 pm

Do you have a fairing?

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Re: suspension..

Postby leumas65 » Sat Jul 16, 2011 8:54 pm

No I do not, its naked..

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Re: suspension..

Postby RBGERSON » Sun Jul 17, 2011 5:22 am

Could be your front forks bottoming out..if so..low on oil, low on air or your springs are shot???? Good upgrade is to go to progressive springs in your forks..about $80..if your springs are shot. Only way to tell is to take them out and measure them. But if your oil volume and air are correct then worn springs are the only other answer.
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Re: suspension..

Postby leumas65 » Sun Jul 17, 2011 7:13 am

Thanks..I'll check them out..

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TGStorm
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Re: suspension..

Postby TGStorm » Sun Jul 17, 2011 10:15 pm

I have the 82 GL,, and I have the same problem but it is not the front forks that are making the sound, at first I thought it was my center stand bouncing up and down from a bump but found that when I would put it up there was no cluck at all. I have found that every once and a while when I start hearing the cluck more and more,, I put the bike up on the center stand, bleed all the air out of the rear shocks and then re-pump them back to 55-70 psi (according to the gauge) and I know it says 60 is max but any less than 60psi and it bottoms out. it is strange though, my gauge only shows a 5 to 10 psi drop over a few week period and I am thinking it is only cuz I keep checking the pressure on both front and back, I am probably wrong though. ;)

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Re: suspension..

Postby RoadRogue » Mon Jul 18, 2011 12:15 am

its time to upgrade the rear springs too,Progressive Suspension also make rear springs . I put a set in 82 Aspy because after 28 years the original springs were sagged right out and I would bottom out in the twisties with just my 200lbs onboard and it would drag the centerstand in the corners.Progressive front and rear is the way to go, Springs front and rear for about $200 when I did mine. Installing them is a good excuse to change the fluid. 20Wt up front and ATF in the rear is what I went with and I love the feel, less wallowing ,more sportlike handling.
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Re: suspension..

Postby Britanicus » Mon Jul 18, 2011 4:04 am

I had to replace my rear shocks with progressive 416's, although they were not as cheap as roadroques, due to the fact that my bike was bottoming out and I was loosing power. I also noticed a rubbing on the rear wheel.

Where I had them installed put 18PSI in them and it a completely new ride. Should have installed them when I first noticed the old ones bottoming out.

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Re: suspension..

Postby littlebeaver » Tue Jul 19, 2011 10:32 pm

RoadRogue wrote:its time to upgrade the rear springs too,Progressive Suspension also make rear springs . I put a set in 82 Aspy because after 28 years the original springs were sagged right out and I would bottom out in the twisties with just my 200lbs onboard and it would drag the centerstand in the corners.Progressive front and rear is the way to go, Springs front and rear for about $200 when I did mine. Installing them is a good excuse to change the fluid. 20Wt up front and ATF in the rear is what I went with and I love the feel, less wallowing ,more sportlike handling.

Really good advise... :D




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