Front Suspension bottoming

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Front Suspension bottoming

Post by wilwood » Mon Sep 28, 2009 1:07 pm

Hi,Just purchased a lovely 1988 1500 Goldwing but I found that the front suspension is bottoming out on anything but the smoothest road.Any little dip or groove causes this to bump on the stops.Any Suggestions for a new goldwing rider?

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Re: Front Suspension bottoming

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Sep 28, 2009 2:33 pm

I'd suspect you may be low on fork oil. And if the fork oil is low, it has to be going somewhere, which would lead me to believe that the front fork seals need to be replaced.

And while you have it open to do the seals, you might as well put some Progressive springs in there. After all of that, you'll be floating on clouds down the road!

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Re: Front Suspension bottoming

Post by Ralph Zimmerman » Mon Sep 28, 2009 7:58 pm

As wingadmin stated sounds like no or very low fork oil is in the forks. One fork is the compreeion fork and the other a rebound. The spring upgrade reccomened is great however do the bushings along with your seals. Make sure you follow the directions on the forl oil measurment and weight with the new springs. Takes about 3hrs the first time ya do it. Then it gets faster every time thereafter!!!!! Ifnyanneed help holler out.

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