front fork bushings on a GL1800


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raygald
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front fork bushings on a GL1800

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What are the maintenance schedule for fork bushings?
How to check if they are OK or have to be replaced?


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Re: front fork bushings on a GL1800

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raygald wrote:What are the maintenance schedule for fork bushings?
How to check if they are OK or have to be replaced?
The only way to really tell if the fork bushings need replacement is by visual inspection. I replaced mine on both forks on a 2008 with 25,000 miles, but because of a failed for seal.

As per the shop manual:
"Visually inspect the guide and fork tube bushings.
Replace the bushings if there is excessive scoring or
scratching, or if the teflon is worn so that the copper
surface appears on more than 3/4 of the entire
surface."
08' GL1800-HPNA - Red 68,000+ miles
1995 Bunkhouse Camper
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1975 CB550-4 mileage unknown
1982 Yamaha 650 Maxim 30,000 miles
1987 Yamaha XVZ-1300 Venture 109,000 miles
1982 CB750-FSS 60,000+ miles
1996 Honda GL1500-SE 210,000 miles
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Re: front fork bushings on a GL1800

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I just had the forks rebuilt at over 75K miles and the sliders were just starting to show signs of wear on the Teflon surfaces, and that was only one of the sliders. I bought the bike used with only 15k on the odo and I seriously doubt the dealer where I bought it from did anything to the forks before I bought it, and they wouldn't tell me anything about it's previous life ( they knew the original owner obviously but they can't divulge that info). I'm going to assume that that was the first time they were rebuilt. However, I had a different dealer do the work, and unfortunately in order to inspect, you have to tear it apart. I don't know of any testing you can do to determine if the sliders and bushings are still ok.
I personally think at the very minimum getting the fork oil changed every 20k miles. Your mileage may vary.
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