GL1000 fork rebuild


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Karlokonek
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GL1000 fork rebuild

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Alright, so this has been building for a while but I’m replacing my tires and since my forks started leaking a bit ago I plan to take care of two birds with one stone. I found on Randakks a good description of the removal process but I’m wondering about the reassembly. It seems to me that once I have it apart and clean all the pieces like the dust cover and seal should go on the upper tube, slide the lower on and push the seal and related into place. But I’m really just guessing here. Has anyone done a reseal on the forks that can give me a few pointers? Below is the Randakks sight I mentioned.

https://www.randakksblog.com/removing-g ... ork-seals/


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Re: GL1000 fork rebuild

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Karlokonek wrote: Tue Jan 05, 2021 3:53 pm Alright, so this has been building for a while but I’m replacing my tires and since my forks started leaking a bit ago I plan to take care of two birds with one stone. I found on Randakks a good description of the removal process but I’m wondering about the reassembly. It seems to me that once I have it apart and clean all the pieces like the dust cover and seal should go on the upper tube, slide the lower on and push the seal and related into place. But I’m really just guessing here. Has anyone done a reseal on the forks that can give me a few pointers? Below is the Randakks sight I mentioned.

https://www.randakksblog.com/removing-g ... ork-seals/
The new seals have to be installed into the sliders (using a suitable large socket or round bar, slightly smaller diameter than the seal, to drift them into place with a hammer/mallet) before fitting the upper tube.

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Re: GL1000 fork rebuild

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Maz,
Thank you for the help. I think that was part that was holding me up.
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Re: GL1000 fork rebuild

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No problem. Basically reverse the dismantling process. Don't forget the spring clip holding the seal.
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Got it, pulled them apart today and soaking the lowers in hot water and dawn. Basically the best thing I’ve found for cleaning. New seals and dust covers are coming from Saber cycles and tires should be here the 11th. I’m excited to give it a ride, I’m betting it rides like 500 bucks. Haha
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Re: GL1000 fork rebuild

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also a great time to get the lower tubes cleaned up when i did my seals last season i took the coating off and polished them up and seal them to retain that nice polished look
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Re: GL1000 fork rebuild

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smittyboy734 wrote: Tue Jan 12, 2021 10:36 am also a great time to get the lower tubes cleaned up when i did my seals last season i took the coating off and polished them up and seal them to retain that nice polished look
+1 on that. They polish up beautifully and an occasional coat of wax keeps the corrosion off.
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Re: GL1000 fork rebuild

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Thanks for the tips. Since my bike was three different colors, one of which being rust, I decided to paint the lower tubes black. I’m working on blacking all the plastics and polishing all the chrome. It’s looking pretty good so far.
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