Superbrace -> massive stiction

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Re: Superbrace -> massive stiction

Post by Scooter363y » Fri Aug 02, 2019 4:54 pm

If you want to go. From what I have you have nothing to be ashamed of.

My wife and I took a day off and went to the Waffle House for a late breakfast. While we were there in walked my cousins wife with another man. I texted my cuz and asked if he new where his wife was. He said at home. To which I said are you sure. I texted the situation and later she stood up and started yelling at me giving me the business. Apparently he had texted her with the situation and it hit the fan. Well I wouldn't take someone disrespecting one of my friends let alone blood relation. So we had a colorful exchange and she left. So hang in there you'll get through it.

Go find you a good woman and get on with your life.

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Re: Superbrace -> massive stiction

Post by RockportDave » Fri Aug 02, 2019 5:14 pm

As for the brace, when I installed the Blackwing on my bike, it was binding my forks. Out came the Drimel and a lot of trial fits. It was spreading my forks enough to cause the binding. I took off very little on the outside radius of the Blackwing, but it was enough to stop the binding. The self centering screws still worked and the front end is definitely stiffer.
As for the other issue, I have been there too and want you to know it will get better.
Don’t get caught up in the “What did I do to cause this...” or “If she would only...”. Ask yourself “Do I like the way she is treating me now?” And the answer will be no! Everyone deserves to be treated with respect.
If you have the opportunity, get off the island, give yourself some we’ll deserved r&r and enjoy yourself.
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Re: Superbrace -> massive stiction

Post by kmalbee » Sat Aug 03, 2019 8:01 am

Not all forks are going to be precisely the same distance apart and not all braces are going to be machined exactly the same so the chance of binding, to some degree is about 50/50. I recommend buying an adjustable brace, one that clamps to the forks first then you can tighten a set of adjustment bolts so it doesn't affect the original fork position/distance. Wingstuff makes an adjustable brace that fits most Goldwings, (gl1500 and gl1800) and should reduce the possibility of sticktion. ... for-gl1800

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Re: Superbrace -> massive stiction

Post by JohnUSA » Sun Aug 04, 2019 11:52 am

Mh434 wrote:
Thu Aug 01, 2019 4:01 pm

I never even got to say "goodbye" to the one I loved more than life itself, my once-in-a-lifetime mate.
I had similar feelings, and then I met my next mate...nearly 37 years ago. She saved me from myself.

Find a professional, and chat it out. It will help sort out and deal with the uncertainties and "crumbling".

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Re: Superbrace -> massive stiction

Post by Mh434 » Tue Aug 06, 2019 4:37 pm

Thanks, John. I have been seeing a psychologist to help me try to put all the pieces back together, and it is helping. I'm also re-connecting with people I haven't talked to for a long time - it's amazing how much their caring helps. Makes you feel like you're not altogether alone, after all.

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Re: Superbrace -> massive stiction

Post by mikwilfly12 » Wed Aug 14, 2019 11:49 am

Probably the best motorcycle I ever owned was my 1990 GL1500SE pearl white. I owned it for 16 years and it was nearly a perfect MC but once at a GoldWing annual event I had a wild hair to have a "Super Brace" installed by a vendor there and he promised if I didn't like it he would remove it and give me a full refund. I had asked if it didn't work well, would he remove it. This installation was by a man that that was all he did the entire week was install Super Braces on Goldwings.
Well as soon as it was done I took it out for a ride and I couldn't stand the "stiction" as my forks would not budge unless I forced them. This was a bike that had the softest, smoothest ride possible originally. In 1994 I added the air suspension to the front forks like the current model had.
When I returned and complained the brace was totally unacceptable and I wanted removed, he said I was the first to ever complain of this problem and he then tried to blame the reason as I had 60 something thousand miles on my bike at the time and most likely the front forks were worn out and needed a rebuild!
Hog wash!
After the removal they again worked great! I wonder why he didn't know of the correct procedure?
He was a jerk about it as though I wasted his time and wanted to make him look bad???
I wish I'd kept that motorsickle w/o the brace.
Later at another Wingding I was asked if I wanted one installed on my 1800, the reply was "no sir but thx anyway."

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Re: Superbrace -> massive stiction

Post by Mh434 » Wed Aug 14, 2019 4:57 pm

Yep! Turns out the correct installation is the key. If that guy had followed my “revised” method (not mine, but you know what I mean) you wouldn’t have had stiction at all.

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Re: Superbrace -> massive stiction

Post by Fatboy46 » Sun Aug 25, 2019 4:53 pm

GREAT accessory! Probably should be a STANDARD on all Goldwing's . Bought one for my 1500 Trike- apparently they come with the trike kit if you get the raked tree... :oops: :D Oh well, I am sure I''l find someone that doesn't have one... and needs one!!

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