Front end replacement GL 1100 1980

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Front end replacement GL 1100 1980

Post by whimsmith » Sat Oct 29, 2011 4:53 pm

OK, new at this, but wanted to know if I can change the entire fork system with something I understand, as in, no air, just regular front end like on a Harley? Are all triple tree measurements the same for larger bikes or am I trying to commit a cardinal sin? BTW, I like the idea of living a bit longer, so if I have to rebuild I will; I probably won't like it though. Thanks for any info you can pass my way.
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Re: Front end replacement GL 1100 1980

Post by virgilmobile » Sat Oct 29, 2011 10:30 pm

OK ,this may be a bit generic,but....when you change the engineering dynamics of a suspension system the results may be undesirable.
With that warning,the air suspension is used to bolster up the cushy ride.Personally,I would replace the slides,align the front end and replace the old springs with a set of Progressive springs.Usually this wil restore the front to better than factory specs.And besides,ape hangers look stupid on a Wing.Just my opinion obviously.
Oh,one other note HD and Honda used Showa shocks and the same diameter forks,so a HD front end on a Honda may interchange to some degree.

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Re: Front end replacement GL 1100 1980

Post by RoadRogue » Sun Oct 30, 2011 1:18 am

Unless you have damage to the forks its easier and cheaper to rebuild the stock front end than it is to graft on something that wasnt designed for your bike.Unless you have the parts just laying around and like the challange .New bushings,seals,springs ,seals and oil for about $150 and a couple of hours of your time, it will be better than new. The fork tubes are 41mm
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Re: Front end replacement GL 1100 1980

Post by dnehasert » Tue Nov 01, 2011 10:23 am

Use Progressive Suspension fork springs, they are are stiffer and they recommend no air. Doug

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