fork springs 88 gl1500


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fork springs 88 gl1500

Postby virgilmobile » Sat Feb 25, 2012 9:26 pm



Well,I just blew it.I was replacing the fork oil in the 1500.Just like I did on the 1200 and 1100.
I drained the oil out,which was perfect by the way,and proceeded to pump the new oil back in the drain plug.
It was easy on the other bikes,but the 1500 doesn't have a air line to open.So I fashioned a slip piece of plastic the let the air out past the fork seal.
It worked well until I got to the last 2 ounces and it started to come out of the seal.Oh just Pu.
So I figured the last thing I could do was to pop the caps and pour it straight in.
I just knew I was in trouble......When the caps came off it released so much spring that I don't have enough ass(187 lbs) to compress them back in.
I did this on the other bikes but with all my weight,I can't even get the cap within a inch of the tube.

What are my options????Oh God I hope my wife doesn't find out.
I'm just a bit annoyed.Especially knowing now that it didn't need to be done at all.It was just preventive maintenance.



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Re: fork springs 88 gl1500

Postby virgilmobile » Sat Feb 25, 2012 10:47 pm

Well,she found out.....I just had to do something....I did make a "T" handle for it.
It took a half hour but I got them compressed back in.It was just difficult to get the cap thread started with that much pressure on them.I'll tell you,I'll NEVER do that again.My wrists are killing me.
Here's the pix...note the footprint on the handlebar plastic.Not to mention the seat.I literally had to stand on top of the bike to compress the springs.YUCK.

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Re: fork springs 88 gl1500

Postby geomac1 » Sun Feb 26, 2012 2:25 pm

awesome looking tool! Those springs can be difficult without help. Short of coming up with a press!

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Re: fork springs 88 gl1500

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Feb 26, 2012 2:32 pm

I think I may spring for the genuine Honda tool (part number is 07KMF-MT20300 ) - just because I'm pretty sure I'll use it more than a few times, and it also looks like it can be used on more bikes than just a Goldwing (or at least could be adapted for such). But not this year - spent too much already, and they want $150 for this thing.

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Re: fork springs 88 gl1500

Postby geomac1 » Sun Feb 26, 2012 2:37 pm

Thanks! I didn't even know they made a tool like that! I will look to get one the next time mine is due a change!

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Re: fork springs 88 gl1500

Postby virgilmobile » Sun Feb 26, 2012 4:32 pm

I literally had to stand on the top of the bike with my full weight balanced on that "T" handle.and the turn it.
I about came off it once.My wife caught me just in time.

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Re: fork springs 88 gl1500

Postby geomac1 » Sun Feb 26, 2012 10:57 pm

Yes, my wife has saved me a time or two from myself!

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Re: fork springs 88 gl1500

Postby Ericson38 » Mon Feb 27, 2012 1:52 pm

Glad you got it back together.

I'm another one that can't leave well enough alone. But with this post, you saved me from the same fate, cause that would have been on my immediate to do list.

Pretty soon, I'll be riding a 1500 too.

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Re: fork springs 88 gl1500

Postby virgilmobile » Mon Feb 27, 2012 2:39 pm

I'm just about done,but I still have to grease the driveshaft and change the oil in the rear end.hopefully it won't be so eventful.

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Re: fork springs 88 gl1500

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Feb 27, 2012 3:36 pm

virgilmobile wrote:I'm just about done,but I still have to grease the driveshaft and change the oil in the rear end.hopefully it won't be so eventful.


Order your driveshaft oil seal in advance...Mine was not in good shape when I pulled the driveshaft, now I'm waiting on a new one before I can put it back together. The service manual says to change it anytime the shaft is pulled, I should have obeyed that instruction and ordered one ahead of time.

Oh, and open the fill port on the final drive before opening the drain port. Other than that it's easy.

After the old gear oil drained, I flushed it a bit with some brake cleaner to get rid of the remnants of the old, dirty gear oil, then flushed it a bit with new gear oil to get rid of the remnants of any brake cleaner. Then closed the drain port and filled it up.

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Re: fork springs 88 gl1500

Postby virgilmobile » Mon Feb 27, 2012 5:09 pm

Advise taken.Thanks.It would have been another one of thoes "waiting for parts" excuses again.
I've never lived in a worse "one stop,no stock" area in my life. :(
Is seems like everything I need is either obsolete or has to come from Japan via some slooooow boat.
I wonder if the seal has mm marks on it that can be compared to a Napa part?
Hey,what's up...I pulled the parts list for the 88-91 and it shows the oil seal for only a 90-91.???
Does that mean my 88 doesnt use one???

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Re: fork springs 88 gl1500

Postby cbx4evr » Mon Feb 27, 2012 7:10 pm

WingAdmin wrote:I think I may spring for the genuine Honda tool (part number is 07KMF-MT20300 ) - just because I'm pretty sure I'll use it more than a few times, and it also looks like it can be used on more bikes than just a Goldwing (or at least could be adapted for such). But not this year - spent too much already, and they want $150 for this thing.



I built my own fork spring compressor tool for around $5. You have to remove the forks from the bike to use it though but it's much safer and works like a charm. The stock springs you can probably compress with not too much effort with the forks on the bike. Different story if you have Progressive springs. You run the risk of cross threading the fork cap or fork. Not a good thing.

I've attached a picture and a plan I had.


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