Mono tubes for the goldwing


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Mono tubes for the goldwing

Postby beachbuddy0253 » Wed Jun 11, 2014 2:46 pm



hi ya'll, i haven't been here for a while . too busy riding. i have a question for all you techy's. i saw an add for the mono tubes for the 1800 goldwings. has anyone ever used them, or know anything about them. ???????



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Re: Mono tubes for the goldwing

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Jun 11, 2014 2:48 pm

beachbuddy0253 wrote:hi ya'll, i haven't been here for a while . too busy riding. i have a question for all you techy's. i saw an add for the mono tubes for the 1800 goldwings. has anyone ever used them, or know anything about them. ???????


I have a friend with a GL1800 who put a Progressive Monotube cartridge kit in his front end this past winter. He says the ride is much improved, it's softer and more compliant, deals with big bumps without jolting the bike, yet feels more solid in corners and at speed.

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Re: Mono tubes for the goldwing

Postby beachbuddy0253 » Wed Jun 11, 2014 2:56 pm

how hard are they to install, i assume the amount of oil you put in the tubes change, or do they eliminate the need for the oil.

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Re: Mono tubes for the goldwing

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Jun 11, 2014 3:33 pm

beachbuddy0253 wrote:how hard are they to install, i assume the amount of oil you put in the tubes change, or do they eliminate the need for the oil.


If you can work a wrench and know how to remove the front wheel, you can do it. The oil in the forks will be drained, but there is a small amount (about 5 oz) of 10W fork oil put into each tube before installation that is used for lubrication (not damping).

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Re: Mono tubes for the goldwing

Postby beachbuddy0253 » Wed Jun 11, 2014 3:41 pm

no problem wrenching them. i just replaced the fork seals last year. i just saw these on cyclemax's site and was pretty interested. looks like that will be my next investment. thanks

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Re: Mono tubes for the goldwing

Postby tfdeputydawg » Thu Jun 12, 2014 1:27 am

Make sure you get the latest "improved" tubes. Threads and posts else where complained about the tubes "stiffening" up over a shart period of time!

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Re: Mono tubes for the goldwing

Postby beachbuddy0253 » Thu Jun 12, 2014 9:31 am

tfdeputydawg wrote:Make sure you get the latest "improved" tubes. Threads and posts else where complained about the tubes "stiffening" up over a shart period of time!



how do i know, did they take the bad ones off the market or where did they come from

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Re: Mono tubes for the goldwing

Postby JerriEric » Fri Jun 13, 2014 2:31 pm

Not to knock Monotubes. But if you go Trax AK20's you will never wonder if you made the right choice. Yes they are expensive but I have never seen a post on any forum I frequent that has had a complaint with them. I have seen posts about the Trax rear shock failing. But not many and I have 35+ thousand miles on mine with no issues. You can adjust the Trax with a turn of the screw that is readily accessible. Monotubes need shims. I spent about 3500 on my Mega Monty and after 35,000+ miles I love them and never have had an issue. I owned my 1500 for 16 years and plan on keeping my '06 that long. So the investment to me was worth it.




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