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You might try looking at www.chuck.kichline.com then go to his goldwing pages.He has some good pictures and some hints on fork seal replacement.I also have a honda service manual for my 82 1100 and a clymer .I use the clymer in the garage and leave the honda manual in the house do it doesn"t get nasty.Got both manuals on e-bay
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Thanks for the information. This will be my first crack at replacing the fork seals on my 82 GL1100I

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This looks like an awesome post and great pics!!!!! I will be doing a fork seal change this week. In my Clymer it says to use 9.8 oz or 290 cc of fork oil.
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Welcome to the Word's Greatest Goldwing Site dyackley!

After changing a few sets of fork seals I've changed my method on the 1100s if I don't have to work on the springs. I just leave the fork tubes on the bike and remove the lowers. No need to take the caps off the top and no wrestling trying to compress the springs back in. It's a simple job doing it that way and shouldn't take more than a couple hours. For a successful job it's important that you handle the seals carefully. Their sealing lips are delicate and easily damaged. Be sure to wipe the fork tubes down with fork oil and wet the seals with oil before sliding them on the tubes. The seals go in with the side that has the printed data upwards. If you do a search in the box above on fork seals you will find a lot of blow by blow information on how to do the job.

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Great info on rebuilding these forks. I just puchased an 82 GL1100 Std and the forks are leaking. I have the Clymers manual and got freaked out by the same statement that the guy began this thread with. I'll be digging into them this weekend. Thanks a bunch!
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I am rebuilding the forks on my 86 Se-i. I got new dust seals, oil seals, bushings (both) new clips and progressive springs. How much less oil do I use from the stated amount for stock springs?

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I'm not recommending anything but I put the same amount of oil in my forks with Progressives springs as I did with the OEM. Seems to work okay, no problems, no hard ride. If that worries a person I'd leave out about 1/2 oz.

If you really want to know, it could be measured by getting a piece of PVC pipe longer than the spring and big enough to fit the spring into, putting a cap on one end and flling up the pipe with water. Measure the height of the wate from the top of the pipe and then put the other spring into the pipe and make the same measurement. The difference in height would tell you the difference in volume of the two springs and the amount of oil to reduce to compensate.

Unfortunately Progressive doesn't say how much that would be, they just give the height of the oil from the top of the tube with the fork completely collapsed.

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This looks like an awesome post and great pics!!!!! I will be doing a fork seal change this week. In my Clymer it says to use 9.8 oz or 290 cc of fork oil.
It depends on year and if you are just draining and refilling or disassembly and refill

Front Fork Capacity: 1980-81..........................7.4oz Fork Oil or ATF after draining
8.0oz Fork Oil or ATF after disassembly

1982..............................9.1oz Fork Oil or ATF after draining
9.8oz Fork Oil or ATF after disassembly

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This strand has come a long way. So...

I tried the Lucas power steering treatment to the leaky (oil and air) forks of my '81 gl1100. Nuthin doin. Guess I gotta do it right, $30 per side for OEM seals from the only Chicago (Skokie) dealer to stock them.

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