End of year tear down...it was needed!!


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End of year tear down...it was needed!!

Postby wingpilot08 » Tue Oct 07, 2014 1:03 pm



Well I have read the DYI for rebuilding the fork...I do have a seal leaking on my left fork, so it's time to do the work. I don't have the proper tool for removing the cap, so I'm going to bite the bullet and let a local shop do the forks. Getting both forks done..also replacing the tires front and rear, new brakes all around..speed bleeders. Getting better at tearing down the Wing...didn't take long to get the forks out. But now I have to look at the Wing without the front end and it is an odd looking beast!!

Tires will most likely have to wait until next pay check. No matter..got some good riding in this year!


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Re: End of year tear down...it was needed!!

Postby HawkeyeGL1200 » Tue Oct 07, 2014 4:20 pm

She should ride like a new one with rebuilt forks and two new tires! Maybe "Climate Change" will afford you some more riding time after the work is done. They tell me all the Polar Ice is melting, and the world is coming to an end... so we may as well get all the riding in while we can. I don't know about the rest of the world, but I plan to be riding somewhere when the end comes :-)
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Re: End of year tear down...it was needed!!

Postby Mh434 » Tue Oct 07, 2014 6:26 pm

You're right - she does look...odd. Kind of like a breathtaking supermodel who smiles...and has no teeth. :D

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Re: End of year tear down...it was needed!!

Postby Mag » Tue Oct 07, 2014 11:03 pm

Mh434 wrote:You're right - she does look...odd. Kind of like a breathtaking supermodel who smiles...and has no teeth. :D


Just can not "not smile" at that one....lol.

Makes me think I should build another garage to get another bike so I can always have one to ride and one to repair, hmmmmm, thoughts.

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Re: End of year tear down...it was needed!!

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Oct 08, 2014 3:25 pm

Mh434 wrote:You're right - she does look...odd. Kind of like a breathtaking supermodel who smiles...and has no teeth. :D


It's what they look like after the "hover bike" conversion kit is installed.

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Re: End of year tear down...it was needed!!

Postby Evilrick » Wed Oct 08, 2014 7:42 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
Mh434 wrote:You're right - she does look...odd. Kind of like a breathtaking supermodel who smiles...and has no teeth. :D


It's what they look like after the "hover bike" conversion kit is installed.


Does that "hover bike" conversion kit" fit the 84 Aspy? I'll order one today.
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Re: End of year tear down...it was needed!!

Postby Mh434 » Wed Oct 08, 2014 9:58 pm

Imagine the savings on tires!!! Not sure how braking would work, though... :D

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Re: End of year tear down...it was needed!!

Postby Evilrick » Wed Oct 08, 2014 10:18 pm

Mh434 wrote:Imagine the savings on tires!!! Not sure how braking would work, though... :D

My guess would be ""AIR BRAKES""
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Re: End of year tear down...it was needed!!

Postby wingpilot08 » Thu Oct 09, 2014 7:20 am

Evilrick wrote:
WingAdmin wrote:
Mh434 wrote:You're right - she does look...odd. Kind of like a breathtaking supermodel who smiles...and has no teeth. :D


It's what they look like after the "hover bike" conversion kit is installed.


Does that "hover bike" conversion kit" fit the 84 Aspy? I'll order one today.


Hover bike kit installed!!
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Re: End of year tear down...it was needed!!

Postby Evilrick » Thu Oct 09, 2014 7:55 am

Now I gotta get m.e one of those
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Re: End of year tear down...it was needed!!

Postby wingpilot08 » Thu Oct 09, 2014 7:57 am

Evilrick wrote:
Mh434 wrote:Imagine the savings on tires!!! Not sure how braking would work, though... :D

My guess would be ""AIR BRAKES""


Nah..reverse impulse...much better way to slow down!
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Re: End of year tear down...it was needed!!

Postby wingpilot08 » Thu Oct 09, 2014 1:43 pm

Quick update...I built a spring compression tool out of 2x4's as per another site and member...It really worked well I have to say. Got the forks broken down and just waiting for the new seals and bushing to arrive in the mail. Check the length of my Progressive spring and they are still to spec at about 20.4 in removed. Hopefully will have the forks back together next week! Then onto new tire and brakes!

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Re: End of year tear down...it was needed!!

Postby wingpilot08 » Mon Oct 13, 2014 11:36 am

So..tomorrow I an supposed to get my fork rebuild kit. Yesterday, I installed the SpeedBleeders on to my front calipers, but while I was at it I popped out the caliper pistons and cleaned everything. Purchased new pads all around and dropped off the wheels to have new rubber installed...should get the wheels back on Friday. Tomorrow I will begin rebuilding the forks..new bushings, seal and O-rings. New fork oil is 15W...Starting to get stressed not riding for over a week or so....I may need to buy a backup Wing!!
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Re: End of year tear down...it was needed!!

Postby Mag » Mon Oct 13, 2014 11:29 pm

Ya know, I was really thinking that would be a good idea.....have a 2nd wing so that one can be worked on while the other is in riding shape.....wonder if "wifey" will go for that, better find another spot in the garage to justify.

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Re: End of year tear down...it was needed!!

Postby wingpilot08 » Tue Oct 14, 2014 6:45 am

Mag wrote:Ya know, I was really thinking that would be a good idea.....have a 2nd wing so that one can be worked on while the other is in riding shape.....wonder if "wifey" will go for that, better find another spot in the garage to justify.

My wife actually brought up the idea!!!😄 I just have to look at my current employment status.....with 207,500 mile on my current odo...it's really not a bad idea!
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Re: End of year tear down...it was needed!!

Postby wingpilot08 » Tue Oct 14, 2014 6:28 pm

Got the bushings and seals today. Rebuilt both forks and reinstalled...got the fenders back on...now just waiting on the tires, got a call today that the tires were in and mounted, ready to pick up. I could have the bike ready for the weekend!
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Re: End of year tear down...it was needed!!

Postby Mag » Tue Oct 14, 2014 10:10 pm

wingpilot96 wrote:My wife actually brought up the idea!!!😄 I just have to look at my current employment status.....with 207,500 mile on my current odo...it's really not a bad idea!


She brought it up? Smart woman there, don't let her go! :lol:

There are so many deals on GW 1500s for $5k-$7k with 30k-70k miles, as long as they are taken care of, should be easy-peasy to do it.

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Re: End of year tear down...it was needed!!

Postby wingpilot08 » Wed Oct 15, 2014 7:04 am

Mag wrote:
wingpilot96 wrote:My wife actually brought up the idea!!!😄 I just have to look at my current employment status.....with 207,500 mile on my current odo...it's really not a bad idea!


She brought it up? Smart woman there, don't let her go! :lol:

There are so many deals on GW 1500s for $5k-$7k with 30k-70k miles, as long as they are taken care of, should be easy-peasy to do it.


Yep..she is a keeper..been together for 39 years.

Tires are being picked up today (new Dunlop E3's, new MT compound tire on the rear) Will install the front tonight..and maybe start on the rear. After the rear is on, just need to bleed the brakes and put on all the tupperware...then it's ride time!! Might just have her ready for our weekend trip to Hershey PA to see the new Tucker exhibit!
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Re: End of year tear down...it was needed!!

Postby wingpilot08 » Wed Oct 15, 2014 11:29 am

New Dunlops E3's ready to install!! The rear is the new MT compound...also the recommended pressure is no at 44-45 psi for the rear...41-42 psi for the front! Will get them mounted before the weekend!!
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Re: End of year tear down...it was needed!!

Postby Mag » Wed Oct 15, 2014 10:16 pm

Nice nice, enjoy the ride....I have 18 holes to miss, and tires to rotate on the car, and taking down the A/C units at the house, and and and.....oh, supposed to rain, lol.

I gotta live through someone I guess ;)

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Re: End of year tear down...it was needed!!

Postby wingpilot08 » Thu Oct 16, 2014 3:14 pm

Well everything is back together..new tire, new brakes, speedbleeders, new fluids, rebuilt forks. Brakes feel a bit soft...have followed a DYI:

"51. If repeated bleeding does not get rid of "soft" brakes, pump the brakes several times until firm, then pull and hold the brake lever back and secure with a bungee as shown. Leave to sit overnight. This will allow air bubbles to migrate up to the reservoir. The same method can be used for the brake pedal.

Read more: viewtopic.php?f=14&t=11061#ixzz3GLC0PWP1

Will check the results later!! But as of now...good to go!!

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Re: End of year tear down...it was needed!!

Postby Mag » Thu Oct 16, 2014 10:24 pm

I developed squeak on front brakes, do the wings have the metalic sound like car brakes?

I have never changed brake pads before, figure there is another project I will need to do this winter.

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Re: End of year tear down...it was needed!!

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Oct 20, 2014 10:17 am

Mag wrote:I developed squeak on front brakes, do the wings have the metalic sound like car brakes?

I have never changed brake pads before, figure there is another project I will need to do this winter.

YEA, YOU ARE RIDING SATURDAY!


Cars have a little metal protrusion on the brake pads that is designed to scrape against the brake rotor when the pads are worn, making a horrible noise and making the clueless owner think their brakes are shot, and require service (which they will). If this is ignored, the pad is worn away, and you switch to grinding as the brake rotor is destroyed.

Car brake pad (protrusion in yellow)
Car brake pad (protrusion in yellow)


The GL1500 has no such protrusion, I assume they expect the owner to check the condition of their brakes when they are doing their regular bike inspection. :) So if you are getting a loud squealing/scraping noise from your brakes, something is definitely wrong.


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Re: End of year tear down...it was needed!!

Postby Mag » Mon Oct 20, 2014 11:40 pm

Duly noted, it is a squeak right now when applying front brakes......so guess what I am going to do Admin..... ;) More parts on the floor, lol.




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