78 fork springs


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smittyboy734
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78 fork springs

Post by smittyboy734 » Sun May 06, 2018 8:26 am



Hi Everyone, my fork seals are leaking bad ,i plan on replacing them as soon as they arrive in the mail, my question for you gl lovers is after i remove the springs and measure them for fatigue,and if they are in parameters, should i keep the stock ones or is there a better performing spring i can replace with. Thanks, smitty



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Re: 78 fork springs

Post by SnoBrdr » Sun May 06, 2018 5:25 pm

smittyboy734 wrote:
Sun May 06, 2018 8:26 am
Hi Everyone, my fork seals are leaking bad ,i plan on replacing them as soon as they arrive in the mail, my question for you gl lovers is after i remove the springs and measure them for fatigue,and if they are in parameters, should i keep the stock ones or is there a better performing spring i can replace with. Thanks, smitty
Do some reading on progressive springs but you prob won't like them.

If your forks leaked out all the oil, it will be a big difference just by having them in oil.

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Re: 78 fork springs

Post by smittyboy734 » Sun May 06, 2018 6:03 pm

no the oil is not gone leaking on one side, and i do remember when my 750 k lost all fluid not pleasant to say the least

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Re: 78 fork springs

Post by spoiledsaskhunter » Sun May 06, 2018 9:18 pm

when I got my gl, the front seals were leaking a little, and I didn't like the ride in general, so went the whole route......new springs and also put emulators in it. while there, I decided to put on new shocks as well (after all, they're 40 years old!). doesn't ride like the same bike and for 1300 bucks, i'd do it again.

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Re: 78 fork springs

Post by SnoBrdr » Sun May 06, 2018 9:23 pm

spoiledsaskhunter wrote:
Sun May 06, 2018 9:18 pm
when I got my gl, the front seals were leaking a little, and I didn't like the ride in general, so went the whole route......new springs and also put emulators in it. while there, I decided to put on new shocks as well (after all, they're 40 years old!). doesn't ride like the same bike and for 1300 bucks, i'd do it again.
Did you spend $1300 for the suspension or the whole bike?

spoiledsaskhunter
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Re: 78 fork springs

Post by spoiledsaskhunter » Sun May 06, 2018 9:31 pm

..got the bike for free, in boxes. took my time and two years to go over it and get it on the road. THEN spent 1300 on the suspension. it's got 75 thousand Km on it and will be the last road bike I ever own (i'm 67!)

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Re: 78 fork springs

Post by kndw » Wed May 09, 2018 4:44 pm

spoiledsaskhunter wrote:
Sun May 06, 2018 9:18 pm
when I got my gl, the front seals were leaking a little, and I didn't like the ride in general, so went the whole route......new springs and also put emulators in it. while there, I decided to put on new shocks as well (after all, they're 40 years old!). doesn't ride like the same bike and for 1300 bucks, i'd do it again.
Could you share which emulators you got, and their price? I'm interested in getting those too, but haven't found a set for a gl1000

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Re: 78 fork springs

Post by spoiledsaskhunter » Fri May 11, 2018 12:06 am

try racetech.com enter the year/model of your bike and it will show you the ones that will work. you will need new fork springs, and they will have to be constant rate springs.....progressive springs will not work. buy constant rate springs one step softer than those that are recommended.

if you need technical help from mt installer, shoot me a pm

regards, gerry



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