fork springs...etc


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fork springs...etc

Postby otto1 » Tue Dec 02, 2014 7:16 am



I have a 2000 1500 that is in the process of getting back to road ready. It has the stock suspension front and rear and both will be replaced in time. My last GL1500 was a 96 and it had progressives front and rear. The ride was nice but the front was always a bit harsh with them during  low speed compression.  Question: Has anyone upgraded to something other than the progressive rate spring? or has anyone put in the cartridge emulator from racetech with the straight rate spring they recommend? I had the emulators in my DR650 and it worked great for a Dual Sport bike. I would just like to know how it works on a big heavy GL.

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Re: fork springs...etc

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Dec 02, 2014 3:49 pm

I don't know of a cartridge or emulator that fits the 1500, but if you do find one, I'd sure like to hear about it!

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Re: fork springs...etc

Postby Wingsconsin » Tue Dec 02, 2014 4:06 pm

Sonic Springs makes straight rate for the Goldwing.
I have them in my GS 850 GL and they are really a nice ride...
http://www.sonicsprings.com/

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Re: fork springs...etc

Postby otto1 » Tue Dec 02, 2014 6:23 pm

Thanks for the input.

WingAdmin: Race Tech has made emulators for the damper rod forks on the gl1500 for some time now and they only sell straight rate springs. I believe you can get them for just about any make bike with damper rod forks. I put them in my DR650 with the correct spring and the tractability on the bike was vastly improved with much better rebound damping. Not as good as the real cartridge forks like my WR but much better than stock. . They are not hard to install. If you are comfortable replacing your own fork seals you can install the emulators with out a problem. All you really need is drill to drill out the damper rods.

The stock spring on the 1500 are so anemic, it's not even funny. From what I've read, felt and found out from various sources, the GL1500 stock front suspension uses about 65% of it's springs ability just supporting the bike w/o a rider. Race techs site will give you a spring rate that is good for your bike with you on it. This appeals to me more than the one size fits all approach that progressive has. I'm not a heavy person at 165 and I ride one up most of the time so I like to set my bike up for me and when my wife wants to go for a ride I just slow it down a little.

I've listed RT's charts for the GL1500, The 1100 and the PC you have.

GL1500: http://racetech.com/ProductSearch/2/Hon ... /1995-2000

Here is the page for the GL1100 you have. http://racetech.com/ProductSearch/2/Hon ... ng/1980-83

For the PC: http://racetech.com/ProductSearch/2/Hon ... st/1989-90

Paul

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Re: fork springs...etc

Postby otto1 » Sun Jan 25, 2015 6:36 pm

Bump, Anybody have any input on front springs or anything they have done to the 1500 front forks to improve the front end.

I picked up a pair of Progressive 412's for the rear on eBay. They are like new condition. They should be an improvement over the stock.

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Re: fork springs...etc

Postby Big Bob » Mon Jan 26, 2015 7:04 pm

I have Progressive's front and rear on my '96 aspencade. The front spring I had installed about 7 years ago and really helped the way the bike felt, but the deal maker was the 450 AIS rear I bought used and installed 2 years ago. What a HUGE difference, I ride mostly 1 up but very rarely carry a passenger. I run 10-12# in the rear air shock by myself, and go up to15# with a passenger. No air in the front forks with 10 weight fork oil. Rides nice!!

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Re: fork springs...etc

Postby otto1 » Mon Jan 26, 2015 9:29 pm

Thanks Bob, I had one of the 450 AIS on my previous wing and it was great. They are few and far between to find now. I picked up the 412s for under$100 and if I see a 450 I'm going to try and get it. I'm still up in the air about the front springs. I'll keep asking around, spring is a ways off yet and my bike is still in the recovery process after sitting for 7 years.


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