gl 1500 race tech spring install


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tackwest
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gl 1500 race tech spring install

Postby tackwest » Mon Aug 10, 2015 5:09 pm



First post. Love this site. I've recently acquired an 89 gl1500 and have gone over everything I could using the site. My question is about installing race tech springs in the front of my 1500. I removed the forks and disassembled them to replace the seals. The forks had 2 springs per leg, but the race tech spring kit only had 1 per side. It was on a Saturday so they weren't open for help. I figured I should remove one of the springs and replace it with the race tech ones, adding a small spacer to equal the original length. Seemed to work great. i've since called race tech and they told me I should remove both springs, install theirs and add a PVC spacer to equal the original length. That would mean a 12" or so spacer. I like the way it rides now, but want to do it right. Anyone else run into this issue? Thank you.



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newday777
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Re: gl 1500 race tech spring install

Postby newday777 » Tue Aug 11, 2015 8:43 am

As Racetech says dump both old springs and make proper preload spacer which can be made longer than stock length to get a stiffer ride.

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Re: gl 1500 race tech spring install

Postby Uncle Fester » Tue Aug 11, 2015 3:37 pm

Sorry, but to me that sounds a little wierd, they want YOU to make a spacer ? Why did they not include them in the kit ? I admit I have never rebuilt a set of fork legs, so maybe this is normal, but it just sounds wierd to me. . . . .keep us posted on how it works out
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1999SE Totaled by cager at 105,000 miles

Re: gl 1500 race tech spring install

Postby newday777 » Tue Aug 11, 2015 4:00 pm

Progressive does it also with their springs.


Uncle Fester wrote:Sorry, but to me that sounds a little wierd, they want YOU to make a spacer ? Why did they not include them in the kit ? I admit I have never rebuilt a set of fork legs, so maybe this is normal, but it just sounds wierd to me. . . . .keep us posted on how it works out

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1999SE Totaled by cager at 105,000 miles

Re: gl 1500 race tech spring install

Postby newday777 » Tue Aug 11, 2015 4:01 pm

newday777 wrote:Progressive and Traxxion do it also with their springs.


Uncle Fester wrote:Sorry, but to me that sounds a little wierd, they want YOU to make a spacer ? Why did they not include them in the kit ? I admit I have never rebuilt a set of fork legs, so maybe this is normal, but it just sounds wierd to me. . . . .keep us posted on how it works out

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Re: gl 1500 race tech spring install

Postby Uncle Fester » Tue Aug 11, 2015 5:52 pm

Okay, I stand corrected. . . but it still sounds wierd .
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Re: gl 1500 race tech spring install

Postby newday777 » Tue Aug 11, 2015 6:02 pm

I did too when I first went to them.

Joe_
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Re: gl 1500 race tech spring install

Postby Joe_ » Sat Aug 15, 2015 1:25 am

Manufacturers often change the top out spring lengths to lower or raise the bike slightly between models etc.
Cutting the spacer to what your bike needs insures that you get the correct preload.

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Re: gl 1500 race tech spring install

Postby tackwest » Fri Aug 21, 2015 5:33 pm

So, I completed the proper install using the cut spacer. Wow, what a difference. I left about 1" over the length of both springs (both springs together plus 1") and installed using a DIY spring compressor. The ride is no longer mushy, rides relatively smooth and handles great. I highly recommend this spring. The preload is a little difficult to get right, but after 2 tries it is where I want it. If anyone has questions on the spring kit or install let me know and I'll try to help.
Chris




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