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Trac question

I am new to the Goldwing world. I am looking at two 1200's, one has Trac on the forks. What is this? Thanks & I hope this isn't a dumb question.
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The TRAC system is pretty cool IMHO. It's a very simple, quick way to adjust the stiffness of the front forks, for lack of a better way to say it.
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Ok thanks---the 85 aspi I'm looking at has this. the 86i does not. The aspi rode so much nicer--- both have not had any attention in years in the suspension category. Thanks for answering-- hope to have one within a week!
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Off the top of my head, the TRAC comes into play when you hit the front brakes. The caliper bracket moves a tiny bit and pushes a plunger in the TRAC system and changes the dampening in the front forks during braking.

ALL GL1200's (actually starting with the '83 GL1100) are supposed to have the TRAC setup on the front forks.

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It's not to stiffen the forks. It's an anti-dive system.
As Sam says, it's activated when you hit the brakes and blocks the oil from moving so the forks don't compress (dive) as much. It is simple and very effective. In my opinion, a little too effective on the #4 setting.

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Im so old I remember when trac first came out. Very high tech in its day!

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It's not to stiffen the forks. It's an anti-dive system.
As Sam says, it's activated when you hit the brakes and blocks the oil from moving so the forks don't compress (dive) as much. It is simple and very effective. In my opinion, a little too effective on the #4 setting.

That's what I meant; you just said it better....
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Ok thanks---the 85 aspi I'm looking at has this. the 86i does not.
If by 86i you mean a 1986 GL1200 Interstate then the forks have been changed.
Don't even ask why, just run.

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If by 86i you mean a 1986 GL1200 Interstate then the forks have been changed.
Don't even ask why, just run.
Yes and no. Sometimes people polish off that TRAC decal. Look to see if the forks have the hardware.
This thing, on both sides.
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