GL1100A Fork rebuild


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beaconcity
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GL1100A Fork rebuild

Post by beaconcity » Sun Jan 20, 2019 7:18 am



Hello
Can someone help with this ?
Can I replace my fork springs with progressive springs use more ATF and not use air in the forks.

I am rebuilding the forks and would really like to get rid of the air.
Bike 1982 GL1100A
Thank You
Carl



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Re: GL1100A Fork rebuild

Post by quasi2008 » Sun Jan 20, 2019 8:41 am

it's my understanding that no air is required with the progressive springs. also progressive recommends 20wt fork oil, as a starting point.
man can't live on air alone!

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Re: GL1100A Fork rebuild

Post by beaconcity » Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:27 pm

Thank You, I never did this before and need direction

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Re: GL1100A Fork rebuild

Post by Johnyy Smoke » Thu Jan 24, 2019 6:12 pm

You cant go wrong with progressive springs. Well worth the money.
You will not need air for the shocks. It is also easier to leave the shocks on the triple tree as you work on them.
You will have to use less fluid then the Honda manual says. The amount escapes me at the moment, but it is worth noting. To much will blow the seals.
Be careful taking the fork caps off, the can knock ya on the noggin :shock: . Do a quick search on this forum and you will find lots of threads.
Let us know how it goes. Regards, Johnny

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Re: GL1100A Fork rebuild

Post by beaconcity » Fri Jan 25, 2019 5:37 am

Thank you for the info, I did order the new springs will be putting new seals and other parts. I watch a good video on this subject. Think I will be alright. Will let you know how I make out and thanks again.
Carl

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Re: GL1100A Fork rebuild

Post by Rednaxs60 » Fri Jan 25, 2019 7:15 am

Once you rebuild the forks and install new Progressive springs you may find that the rear shocks need to be refurbished or replaced. Something to consider.
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Re: GL1100A Fork rebuild

Post by beaconcity » Fri Jan 25, 2019 8:06 am

Thanks, already done that. The air shocks are gone.

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Re: GL1100A Fork rebuild

Post by beaconcity » Thu Feb 07, 2019 4:51 pm

I have a question, I am installing progressive springs on my 1982 GL1100A and would like to replace the fork caps that have the air fitting. Can I do this and if yes where can I get replacement caps.
Thanks for the help.
Carl

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Re: GL1100A Fork rebuild

Post by newday777 » Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:11 am

Carl
Sportsters had 39mm forks but I'm not sure if they have the same threads on their caps. Might be a possible fit.
beaconcity wrote:
Thu Feb 07, 2019 4:51 pm
I have a question, I am installing progressive springs on my 1982 GL1100A and would like to replace the fork caps that have the air fitting. Can I do this and if yes where can I get replacement caps.
Thanks for the help.
Carl

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Re: GL1100A Fork rebuild

Post by dakotanator » Mon Apr 01, 2019 9:34 am

I have an '83 Aspencade.........and I rebuilt just about everything. YES.....Progressive springs in the front are great..!! No air needed. And as mentioned by another member.......it's a good idea to replace the back ones also. I put Progressives there also. RIDES LIKE A DREAM. Again....no air. Took out my compressor, but left all the lines in place......JUST IN CASE I get a case of nostalgia and ever want to put air shocks back on. (Likely never will......this ride is too good.)


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