New to me gl1200. Couple questions.


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Jeff stull
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New to me gl1200. Couple questions.

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Got a new toy. 1985 aspencade 105,000 miles. I can tell someone had done some work to it but I do not have a history in the bike. Fork seals are leaking and I just made a call to old bike barn to order everything I may need to replace them. I am going to do it with the forks in the bike. I read that there are different springs that can be put in the forks"progressive" that call for different quantity/weight oil. Someone has already replaced the rear air shocks with a spring version so I am suspicious that mayby the springs in the front forks may have been changed as well. Any way to tell? Second question is there are several other areas of the bike that have been tinkered with. Also my speedometer seems to be about 5mph off from actual speed. Any thoughts? Anyone close to Athens Ohio that would be willing to give her a good look to see if there is anything else I should be fixing? A hand with the forks would also be welcomed. I am quite mechanically inclined and in no way afraid to tear into it but experts with experience are invaluable. Thanks.



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I have been looking at putting these on my 1200 Aspencade. Right now i'm looking to sell it. If it doesn't sell soon these will be going on it. From all I've heard the change in handling is dramatic. http://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl1200_ ... /114/19833
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Well seems as I have fixed the radio low volume issue. While trouble shooting I pulled a fuse to check it and presto. Put it back in and low volume. Pull it and al is right with the world. 7.5 amp fuse in a factory holder under the left faring pocket. Can't seem to load a photo from my phone. Sorry.

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Just picked up a new to me '84 Aspy. Now, like any healthy bird, I have two Wings. My 79, which seems to be finicky, and not as trustworthy as I would have hoped, and now my 84, which is safetied and tuned, lots of storage, etc.....

I wonder if anyone has an extra Panasonic radio/cassette unit they would part with. It seems a knob and a button cover or two got gnawed off by a mentally unstable chipmunk (Alvin?), and the radio display is not working.
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[quote="Jeff stull"]Got a new toy. 1985 aspencade 105,000 miles. I can tell someone had done some work to it but I do not have a history in the bike. Fork seals are leaking and I just made a call to old bike barn to order everything I may need to replace them. I am going to do it with the forks in the bike. I read that there are different springs that can be put in the forks"progressive" that call for different quantity/weight oil. Someone has already replaced the rear air shocks with a spring version so I am suspicious that mayby the springs in the front forks may have been changed as well. Any way to tell? Second question is there are several other areas of the bike that have been tinkered with. Also my speedometer seems to be about 5mph off from actual speed. Any thoughts?
I have an 87 Aspencade with the same issue. Mine always read about 8% above my actual speed. I have adjusted to it.
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I just made a call to old bike barn to order everything I may need to replace them. I am going to do it with the forks in the bike. I read that there are different springs that can be put in the forks"progressive" that call for different quantity/weight oil.

I'm not sure how you are going to replace the seals without removing the fork tubes, the way to tell if the fronts are progressive is the stock springs have 2 springs each fork tube and progressive is just one spring per fork tube, if you have or install progressives you will want to go to a lighter oil. ATF works good but if it's fork oil you want then 10 or 15 wt is common but the 15 might be a little rough ride

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AJ said :
<< I am going to do it with the forks in the bike.>>

well... I asked about that on another GoldWing Site : The Video I refereed to looked very good !!

http://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/2-g ... k-oil.html

.....But two replies from a very good mechanic are of note :

Ken Bergen said : <<If you can raise the lower leg like he does at about 2:30 with the spring and cap in place you're a better man than me. >>

and later on Ken said : <<If you're going to try that method pick a warm dry day so that I can come watch.>>

LOL

LOL

I took his advice , and totally removed the forks ..

If you can buy ( or make ) a 6 mm "stubby " allen key , and have a(smaller ) in-lb torque wrench , re and re is not all that bad ..
Working space is VERY restricted, and you are working blind, so tiny hands , good visualization skills and loosening one allen key at a time and they will come out easily...


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Check Progressives install sheet. If you have their springs, I'd read these.



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OK that method would work, when I had mine down to do the progressive springs and new seals the allen screw in the bottom just spun with the inner part, it would not come apart for me. maybe if I had an air impact I could have got it loose.
good luck, I hope it works for you



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