Are These Stock 1500 Fork Springs???


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Are These Stock 1500 Fork Springs???

Postby cbx4evr » Tue Jan 10, 2012 6:33 pm



Just wondering if these are stock springs on the 1500? My manuals picture doesn't give me a clear answer. I removed these from my 2000 SE today. They had the spacer but looking at them they are progressively wound. Wondering if this is an early style of Progressive spring. Length is exactly spec.



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Re: Are These Stock 1500 Fork Springs???

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Jan 10, 2012 8:02 pm

Not sure. The 1500 Progressive springs have a definite border between the two windings:

GL1500 Progressive Fork Springs
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Yours don't have as much of a definition - perhaps they're just tired OEM? Hard to tell.

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Re: Are These Stock 1500 Fork Springs???

Postby thrasherg » Tue Jan 10, 2012 8:58 pm

He said the length was correct so they cant be tired stock springs and as you point out, his picture and yours look very similar!! I think he has the progressive springs.. :)

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Re: Are These Stock 1500 Fork Springs???

Postby cbx4evr » Wed Jan 11, 2012 11:36 am

I an now convinced that they are the stock springs. I have a Progressive set here and they are longer but then they don't use the spacer either.

What confused me was the way they were wound. I wasn't expecting what I pulled out and looking at parts fiche pictures doesn't give a clear picture as to the winding of the spring. I was also expecting to find some sag in the spring after 60,000 miles as indicated by others but these are exactly to spec.
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Re: Are These Stock 1500 Fork Springs???

Postby bhazlet » Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:17 am

The Progessive spring has 50 coils.
The spring in your photo has 40 coils.
They are not the same.

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Re: Are These Stock 1500 Fork Springs???

Postby thrasherg » Thu Jan 12, 2012 9:37 pm

bhazlet wrote:The Progessive spring has 50 coils.
The spring in your photo has 40 coils.
They are not the same.


I don't think his picture contains the entire spring! But it does look like he has a different spring! I can't believe you had the patience to count the number of coils! We will have to get you a life when the sun comes out.. :D just pulling your leg..

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Re: Are These Stock 1500 Fork Springs???

Postby cbx4evr » Fri Jan 13, 2012 9:28 am

My picture doesn't show the entire gut of the fork which includes a washer and a spacer but that is the full Honda spring.

My confusion over this whole exercise was Honda's progressively wound spring. Not knowing the history of my bike or what was available on the market 12 years ago, I thought that these springs may in fact be an early model of "Progressive" brand springs.

But all is good now. INstalled the Progressive springs last night with a homemade spring compressor. Now waiting for other parts as I need brake pads.
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Re: Are These Stock 1500 Fork Springs???

Postby heidebill » Sun Jan 15, 2012 12:10 pm

It is mentioned that the springs are the correct length, What is the correct length? The springs I pulled out of my shock look the same as these illustrated, Maybe I should just buy a new set and be done with it?
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Re: Are These Stock 1500 Fork Springs???

Postby cbx4evr » Sun Jan 15, 2012 3:55 pm

heidebill wrote:It is mentioned that the springs are the correct length, What is the correct length? The springs I pulled out of my shock look the same as these illustrated, Maybe I should just buy a new set and be done with it?
Bill



Spec length is 390.6 mm. Wear limit is 382.8 mm.
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Re: Are These Stock 1500 Fork Springs???

Postby heidebill » Tue Jan 17, 2012 2:09 am

My used springs measured in at 387mm, right in the middle
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Re: Are These Stock 1500 Fork Springs???

Postby cbx4evr » Tue Jan 17, 2012 9:01 am

Bill.

Since you have it all apart I would consider going to the Progressive Springs.


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