Fork springs 95 aspencade


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Fork springs 95 aspencade

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I'm confused by conflicting articles on this subject.
Is it neccesary to have a fork cap removal tool for oem springs, some say yes, others say no, does anyone know the correct answer,

So far, i raised the front wheel off the ground so the fors were fully extended, startes to undo a cap but felt there was spring pressure so I did it up again.
There are no holes in the cap for oil replacement and according to the service record the oil has never been changed. with the bike on it's wheels off the stand,(it's a trike) I can manually lift the front 3 or 4 inches, and it drops when I let go, so I thought I would remove the springs and measure them, also replace the oil and do the cap mod ready for next time.

So could someone tell me, with oem springs and wheel raised, will the cap unscrew totally without a compression tool.

Thanks in advance

Alex



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Are you the original owner? If not you can’t be sure what springs are in there. If it has progressive heavy duty springs the removal tool is a must to be safe and not damage the threads on the cap or fork. That said I use a home made one. if you scan the forums here someone posted direction on building one from 2x4s and all thread.

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Re: Fork springs 95 aspencade

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Yes the caps will unscrew fully but there will be pressure on the caps all the way off and in fact, you have to hold down on the caps as you unscrew them because the caps can fly away and pop you in the nose if you aren't being careful.

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Re: Fork springs 95 aspencade

Post by Rednaxs60 »

Alex - you do not need to have the OEM tool to remove the caps, but you need to have a tool to assist in taking the fork caps off. This is because of the preload on the fork spring when it is installed. You can browse the forums and find a DIY home made tool, and these are quite successful. Tried to make a DIY fork cap removal tool, but was unsuccessful for whatever reason. Bought the OEM tool and it fits my 1200 and 1500 as the fork sizes are the same. My thoughts on the front forks is to change the oil every two years - parts wear, oil gets dirty - clean oil keeps parts working and lasting longer. Makes the cost of the OEM tool worthwhile, and I have two bikes that need the same cap removal tool.

I'm a fan of deciding what is the cost for my time, and the resources and energy going into making a DIY tool of whatever. If you have the tools to make it, go for it, if not the OEM tool is the way to go. Use it for as long as you own the bike, then sell when it is not needed. When doing maintenance nothing like having the proper tool for the job - speeds up the process considerably. I've had too many beaten knuckles because I was using a tool that did the job, but wasn't quite what was needed.

New fork springs, definitely - and a rebuild at the same time. Nothing has a lifetime guarantee and lasts forever. OEM spring rate is less than adequate for a 1500, but is intended to give that plush, Cadillac type ride. Recommended replacing the fork springs with a set that is rated at 1.0 to 1.2 Kg/mm. You can further improve the performance of the forks with the use of an "emulator" valve such as the gold valves from Race Tech. These valves control the oil flow much better than the OEM setup. I have these installed in my '85 1200 Limited Edition with Race Tech springs and the difference is considerable. The other consideration is a set of fork cartridges from Traxxion Suspension, pricey but an option.

I did replace the OEM fork springs with equivalent Progressive springs when I bought my 1500 two years ago. I will be upgrading the fork suspension, but have not decided on what I want.

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Hi saw your post there !! - I totally agree with other peoples post they have left you there !! - You do need a spring cap removal tool of some sorts there !! - I can also understand the cost of this tool is high aswell for a tool you may only use once or twice while you own the wing !! .

viewtopic.php?f=14&t=43387

If you go to GoldwingDocs GL1500 How-To Articles - I did post a how too ' On making your own tool - here is the link below -

How to make your own fork cap spring removal tool

viewtopic.php?f=14&t=36765

I also made other tools as well which are on the how to Articles

viewtopic.php?f=6&t=36798

How to make your own steering yoke bottom bearing pulling tool

viewtopic.php?f=14&t=36539

viewtopic.php?f=14&t=36897

viewtopic.php?f=14&t=43387

I would strongly recommend that you buy or make one !! - I have a friend who now has a nice scar above his right eye !! where a fork cap hit him the eye !! . Also the threads are so fine that its very easy while trying to push the spring down and put the cap back on again to cross thread it and bugger the threads up !! too .

I had my 89k - wing forks to bits did the anti dive unit as well and the steering head bearings ( a weak spot on all wings )

When i took my forks apart someone had done botch job - They had left the old OME springs in and put in progressive springs in as well - So yes have a look inside .. Clink on the links see what i found !! .

viewtopic.php?p=220908#p220908

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Lastly - defo use the how too's on here !! .. it will save you a bomb !! :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
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Re: Fork springs 95 aspencade

Post by newday777 »

wingdings wrote:
Tue Oct 06, 2020 11:33 am


They had left the old OME springs in and put in progressive springs in as well - So yes have a look inside ..

If you are saying you had springs inside of springs????
That was the way Honda did it from the factory on the early 1500s.

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Yes they did !! there !! - However on mine this was not the case !! there Click on the links you never know what you find under those fork caps !! :) :)
viewtopic.php?p=220908#p220908

viewtopic.php?p=220949#p220949

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Removing / installing springs the dodgy way !! :o :o :o :o :o :o :o


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