Costs/DIY Difficulty for Repair Items?


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StrongEagle
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Location: Houston, TX
Motorcycle: Formerly 3 different Honda Valkyries, now looking at a 1200 GW.

Costs/DIY Difficulty for Repair Items?

Post by StrongEagle » Mon Aug 13, 2018 4:05 pm



Looking at a 1200.

Slight leak in a fork seal... I can see this is going to be a repair item not too far down the road. Is this a DIY item? Relatively easy? Special tools required? Parts costs? How much does a competent mechanic in the Houston, Texas are charge to do the repair job, end to end?

Item 02: It would appear that one of the front brake calipers will have be be rebuilt... just the slightest hint that fluid is weeping/starting to weep from one side. Same basic questions again... difficulty... costs.

Thank you all very large, in advance.



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SilverDave
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Motorcycle: 1985 GL1200 GoldWing Aspy

Re: Costs/DIY Difficulty for Repair Items?

Post by SilverDave » Tue Aug 14, 2018 10:43 am

Brakes are tedious , but easy ... get a seal kit and lots of cleaning tools .. Its usually grunge in the o-ring grove. I found a sharpened wooden chop stick to be an ideal cleaning tool.

Over 95% of leaking forks are dirt and bugs in the seal

First try this :
https://www.amazon.ca/2013-KTM-FORK-DOC ... B009PPPJD4

or this :
https://www.motionpro.com/product/08-0395

If those don't work ... then a rebuild is in your future.

Caution : Front fork springs on a 1200 will leap out at definitely try to kill you .
Read up on safety clamps or get it done professionally .
http://archives.wingworldmag.com/may200 ... kseal.html
80% of the work is getting the forks off the bike .

here is a useful tool :


SilverDave

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