Fork leg stop ring / clip is it needed?


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Fork leg stop ring / clip is it needed?

Post by wingman1960 » Sat Mar 31, 2018 5:49 am



Does anyone know if the fork leg stop ring/clip is actually needed? as I have had the fork legs/stanchions re-chromed and they did not put the clip groove back on the fork leg. Is it something to do with the air forks, lining up with the hole on the fork leg?
My Goldwing is a 1989 model, with TRAC on it too. Any help would be appreciated



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Re: Fork leg stop ring / clip is it needed?

Post by WingAdmin » Sat Mar 31, 2018 12:55 pm

wingman1960 wrote:
Sat Mar 31, 2018 5:49 am
Does anyone know if the fork leg stop ring/clip is actually needed? as I have had the fork legs/stanchions re-chromed and they did not put the clip groove back on the fork leg. Is it something to do with the air forks, lining up with the hole on the fork leg?
My Goldwing is a 1989 model, with TRAC on it too. Any help would be appreciated
Yes, it is needed. It's what prevents the tube from coming out of the fork leg all the way! It's basically a stop - it holds the seals in place, which the fork innards bump up against when they are fully extended. It should absolutely have been put back in. If they are missing on both sides, you could technically have the front wheel of the bike fall off when it rebounds after hitting a big bump. So yes, it's kind of important. :shock:

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Re: Fork leg stop ring / clip is it needed?

Post by wingman1960 » Sat Mar 31, 2018 1:14 pm

Thanks for the reply, I am still unsure about this, as the clip is above the bottom yoke/fork tree but well below the top yoke/fork top plate, also most other bikes I have/had do not have this clip?? they just rely on the 4 fork pinch bolts; so even if I hit hit a huge pot hole, the forks wont drop down surely .......they will rise up, so maybe the clip will not pass the top yoke then?
I wondered if the clip was to locate the air hole in the fork tube in the correct place to the air system under the top yoke/fork plate? The OE Honda manual I have does not mention anything about what the clip does other than call it "ring stop"
You can see where I am going with this, the chrome people ground the leg right off inc the clip groove, replated the legs but forgot the clip groove! so they maybe be useless.
Any thoughts?? Thank you

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Re: Fork leg stop ring / clip is it needed?

Post by WingAdmin » Sat Mar 31, 2018 2:14 pm

wingman1960 wrote:
Sat Mar 31, 2018 1:14 pm
Thanks for the reply, I am still unsure about this, as the clip is above the bottom yoke/fork tree but well below the top yoke/fork top plate, also most other bikes I have/had do not have this clip?? they just rely on the 4 fork pinch bolts; so even if I hit hit a huge pot hole, the forks wont drop down surely .......they will rise up, so maybe the clip will not pass the top yoke then?
I wondered if the clip was to locate the air hole in the fork tube in the correct place to the air system under the top yoke/fork plate? The OE Honda manual I have does not mention anything about what the clip does other than call it "ring stop"
You can see where I am going with this, the chrome people ground the leg right off inc the clip groove, replated the legs but forgot the clip groove! so they maybe be useless.
Any thoughts?? Thank you
This is the clip I'm talking about:

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Item 27 in this diagram:

Exploded fork diagram
Exploded fork diagram

Are we talking about the same thing?

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Re: Fork leg stop ring / clip is it needed?

Post by WingAdmin » Sat Mar 31, 2018 2:15 pm

I also just realized that we may be talking about a different bike. You posted this in the GL1200 section, but you are talking about a 1989 Goldwing - and a 1989 Goldwing is a GL1500, not a GL1200.

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Re: Fork leg stop ring / clip is it needed?

Post by DaveO430 » Sat Mar 31, 2018 2:30 pm

It is probably not necessary if you position the tubes even with the top of the clamp & use a hose clamp or something to keep the air tube from sliding down the fork. The fork tubes themselves are not going to slide in the triple clamps if you tighten them properly. I assume you are working on a 1200, you just got the year wrong. 1500s didn't have those.

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Re: Fork leg stop ring / clip is it needed?

Post by wingman1960 » Sat Mar 31, 2018 3:02 pm

Yes it is a late registered GL1200 / 1989 . I see , the clip is actually to stop the air fork system from sliding down the fork leg. Ah Ha........
All I need to do as you suggest..... is put a clamp on the legs to replace the missing clip. Thank you for your help Dave 0430

OE honda part is 51405-MB4-003 Item # 8 on the parts list for front forks

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Re: Fork leg stop ring / clip is it needed?

Post by DaveO430 » Sat Mar 31, 2018 7:14 pm

wingman1960 wrote:
Sat Mar 31, 2018 3:02 pm
Yes it is a late registered GL1200 / 1989 .
There is no such thing as an 89 1200, no matter when it was sold. Look on the steering head for the model year and put that in your profile to avoid further confusion.



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