Aftermarket Fork Brace


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Aftermarket Fork Brace

Postby brown320 » Wed Dec 09, 2009 5:11 am



I have seen many palces fork braces for sale as an add on. Is these items really needed asclaimed? Do they really help with handling? Was there a problem with the original? I'm a new Winger and a little green to these details.



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Re: Aftermarket Fork Brace

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Dec 09, 2009 4:58 pm

They really make the front end more "solid" and less prone to wiggling around, particularly at low speeds. I won't say it's like night and day, but it is a significant improvement.

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Re: Aftermarket Fork Brace

Postby edbard » Tue Oct 15, 2013 9:14 pm

Any idea on the Torque should be on the new fork bolts? I was installing new floorboards and ripped the head clean off. I am trying not to over torque the new fork brace.

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Re: Aftermarket Fork Brace

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Oct 15, 2013 9:43 pm

edbard wrote:Any idea on the Torque should be on the new fork bolts? I was installing new floorboards and ripped the head clean off. I am trying not to over torque the new fork brace.


I had a quick look at the service manual, and there isn't one listed (I'm assuming you're talking about the bolts used to fasten the fork brace in place).

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Re: Aftermarket Fork Brace

Postby edbard » Wed Oct 16, 2013 6:57 am

Yes, I want it tight but try not to over tighten.
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Re: Aftermarket Fork Brace

Postby themainviking » Wed Oct 16, 2013 7:19 am

It depends on your fork brace. Each manufacturer has different specs regarding the installation and torque values. I have a Superbrace, and it required that I loosen the axle pinch bolts, then torque the fork brace bolts in a sequence, and then retorque the pinch bolts to the exact factory specification to avoid fork stiction (intermittent poor operation and jamming of front fork). The manufacturer of the fork brace "should have" included all instructions for its installation.
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Re: Aftermarket Fork Brace

Postby Sempai » Wed Oct 16, 2013 9:05 am

Page 2-10 of the GL1500 service manual is the end of the toque values section. The final segment of this portion of specifications shows the torque values for all nonessential bolts/screw/nuts not referred to specifically throughout the manual.
Regarding the bolts that hold the fork brace in place, these bolts are quite the ODDBALL. As per the chart on page 2-10, 6mm bolts are torqued to 7ft-lbs and 8mm bolts torque to 16ft-lbs. The bolts for the brace that spans the gap from fork to fork (where the superbrace would go) are 7mm...using the self evident parameters outlined in the chart, I torqued mine to 12ft-lbs and have had no problems since doing it.
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Re: Aftermarket Fork Brace

Postby OU812 » Thu Oct 17, 2013 4:50 pm

What's the brace run cost wise?
Only issue I've had is don't take hands off at low speed or the front end starts to wobble badly.
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Re: Aftermarket Fork Brace

Postby Happytrails » Thu Oct 17, 2013 5:13 pm

Around $50. I just put a blackwing brace on mine. Haven't tested it though. I had low speed wobble as well.
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Re: Aftermarket Fork Brace

Postby Sempai » Thu Oct 17, 2013 6:11 pm

Looks like $75 from Superb race themselves:

http://superbrace.com/shop/2315-honda-goldwing-1500/
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Re: Aftermarket Fork Brace

Postby OU812 » Thu Oct 17, 2013 6:27 pm

Super!
10 minute installation?
Thanks for the link!
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Re: Aftermarket Fork Brace

Postby OU812 » Sat Dec 21, 2013 11:47 am

Just ordered one from Cyclemax $59 shipped.
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Re: Aftermarket Fork Brace

Postby Fiberthree » Sat Dec 21, 2013 11:58 am

OU812 wrote:What's the brace run cost wise?
Only issue I've had is don't take hands off at low speed or the front end starts to wobble badly.



The front tire might need replacing. Mine starts to do the same thing when it nears time for a new one. A lot of other owners swear it is caused by the steering head bearings being incorrectly torqued, but my wobbles seem to follow the tire wear. Also, as Admin stated, the feel is almost indiscernable.
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Re: Aftermarket Fork Brace

Postby OU812 » Sat Dec 21, 2013 12:29 pm

I've owned a number of Touring bikes and they all had factory fork bracing.
I can't see this not making a difference and the price is right.
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Re: Aftermarket Fork Brace

Postby Fiberthree » Sat Dec 21, 2013 1:06 pm

I'm not saying there is no difference, you just don't feel it.
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Re: Aftermarket Fork Brace

Postby OU812 » Sat Dec 21, 2013 1:15 pm

Maybe wishful hopes.
Deep into winter here but 1st chance I'll take it out for a test spin. ;)
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Re: Aftermarket Fork Brace

Postby OU812 » Mon Dec 23, 2013 5:58 pm

Installed the brace today and my luck was typically mine. :P
Had to loosen the axle pinch bolts to get the brace flush but with the help here in the DYI threads it was easy!
The Clymers manual that came with the bike was useless to this feeble old rider compared to the help I found here!
Thank you fellow GWDs members that put their time in to make it easy on us all! ;)
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