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post #21 of 39 (permalink) Old 08-31-2008, 01:33 AM
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I did mine with forks and fairing on bike. I took the spring caps off and couldn't get them back on so I made a tool.

I used 2in PVC slip to thread adapter, 2in cap, a plastic tubeI found in my garage that just fit around the cap and Epoxy puty.I knotched the tube for the valve. Using Wax Paper over the cap formed the Epoxy to the cap before it dried in the tool.

It gave me the control needed to push down and start the threads.

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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.
But, did you soaking them overnight in the Lucas?

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Hadn't, but I will this weekend, thanks.

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I'm having a devil of a time getting the circlips out.I can pinch them enough for them to come out of their recess but it seems like the circlip pliers do not have a strong enough grip on the clip for me to pull the clip out.

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I'm having a devil of a time getting the circlips out.I can pinch them enough for them to come out of their recess but it seems like the circlip pliers do not have a strong enough grip on the clip for me to pull the clip out.

Any ideas?

I've use the circlip pliers along with a flat bladed screwdriver. Using the pliers to get it pulled away from the wall then I put a thin bladed screwdriver behind it and wedge it out. Of course it ain't right but it does the job with no damage. Just be careful and go slow. Works for me.........................

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No bent circlip?

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No bent circlip?
Nope! Not yet................guess I've been lucky.

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Slipping a small screw driver behind the circlip as the snap ring plier pulls it inward is a pretty common way to get the clips out. You can use two screw drivers, small ones with thin 3/16" or smaller blade widths, squeeze the circlip, get the screw driver behind it to wedge it out, and work it toward the middle of the clip by inserting the other screw driver and twisting the blade to pry more of the clip out. Once you have about half the clip out of its groove you can start using the screw driver to pry the loose end upward as you work it out. If you bend the clip a bit it won't hurt, it's easy to straighten them out if you give them a bit of a wow.

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thank you for the help on the front fork seals.
i'm new on this site, found it via google and haven't been able to find a list of the FAQ's.

is there a blow by blow description of how to disassemble the front forks and then tell what parts need to be replaced?

i found these to be most helpful, wondering if i missed something important.

http://www.dansmc.com/81goldwing_fork.JPG
http://www.dansmc.com/forks.htm

working on both an '80 1100 and '81 1200
of course they both leak, seals dont seem to last long in the arizona desert heat.

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thank you for the help on the front fork seals.
i'm new on this site, found it via google and haven't been able to find a list of the FAQ's.

is there a blow by blow description of how to disassemble the front forks and then tell what parts need to be replaced?

i found these to be most helpful, wondering if i missed something important.

http://www.dansmc.com/81goldwing_fork.JPG
http://www.dansmc.com/forks.htm

working on both an '80 1100 and '81 1200
of course they both leak, seals dont seem to last long in the arizona desert heat.

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