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Ive been told that the left side fork seals tend to leak because the anti dive valve locks up the fork when you use the foot brake while cornering . Putting undo strain on the working part. While a slight diving is felt on corners both forks are working together.its a trade off.Any way they are making after market kits to over ride the anti dive valve for around 20 bucks. If one was to take a nickle and drill a hole in the center big enough for the plunger to fit through you can place it between the actuator and the valve body on the left side front caliper. My question is ..are there any side effects to doing this..other than the diving that you would normally experiance riding a bike without anti dive ?
 

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Does not seem to be any negatives but I have progressive springs and they recommend disabling the AD valve. I doubt it has anything or much to do with the left fork seal leaking, I think it is just the way the left fork is made. The damping action puts fluid pressure on the seal anyway, although less if the AD is disabled and the seal is not designed for that. The right fork has the cartridge and the damping takes place inside it rather than in the body of the fork and they seldom leak.
 

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I tryed the orings fix for the anti-dive valve and ended up wearing fork oil in about 2000 miles of fork rebuild.so now there is a large washer bolted in between the two parts didnt really cost anything as i used longer bolts and a washer i had.
 

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Dave ..Thanks for the info .It sounds like a money grab for the aftermarket people. As one motorcyclist to another...Its always about the ride...P.S. Pass your way often as Im located about 40 miles from the Ark. border.
 

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FWIW...After MUCH study on this, I put the $20 shim on mine and love it. I DO like the idea/principle of anti-dive, but they have been known to stick causing harsh rides, and I did not like the ...sudden, harsh (For lack of a better descriptive) stopping of the bike. I noticed myself quickly jerking my feet to the ground upon stopping and it was due to the bike NOT damping some like I am accustomed to. (40 or so years riding) Thought it was just me getting used to the Wing, but read many others reports of the same thing before shim install. Another negative reported by many, especially competition riders is that when being aggressive in turns, that have 'washboard' or otherwise rough surfaces, when feathering the brakes your fork locks up (as designed) eliminating any damping effect, and causing the tire to wash out. Aftermarket fork specialists recommend removal of it. I havent had the left fork seal leak, but know a guy who's left fork seal started leaking till he did the 'nickle trick'. Leaking stopped. It is due apparently to the A.D. blocking the orifice in the fork, causing all the forces to act against the seal rather than the metered oil flow taking a lot of the jolt out.

**Disclaimer** To each his own on this mod.
I am NOT a Honda engineer. Heck I'm not even very smart....
I DO however know what I am feeling. Smoother overall ride, easier, softer stopping, (BARELY perceptible dive) possible left fork seal protection, install is easy and reversable, and the unit I bought comes with a guaranteed full refund if not satisfied.....
I am keeping mine.
 

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Thanks for the info. Im deffinately leaning to put my 5 cents into my ride. I have experianced some of the same shakey stops as you. Gonna go for it. Thanx everyone for all your input.
 

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Been kind of waiting for an appropriate place to comment on my Traxxion "Full Monte" suspension upgrade. Here is as good as any...

Let me be frank: I was pretty pissed about my decision to buy a Goldwing (over a Victory Vision Tour) when I experienced the wobble, harsh suspension under braking, loose cornering, etc...all suspension related...and this fantastic motor between your legs waiting to roar for you...a shame!

All it took was the 50 mile ride from the installer's shop...this Porche with the 1963 VW Bug suspension is now a Porche with a Bugatti suspension!!!

The All Balls roller steering head bearings coupled with the Kuryakyn New Gen II fork brace (I already owned) make the steering precise and smooth at all speeds. Believe me, you get used to what you know...and until you experience the Traxxion upgrade, you don't know how this machine is supposed to handle!

The fork cartridge upgrade (BOTH forks), and eliminating the anti-dive valve is probably the best upgrade you can do to the Wing. The bike feels like it now has adequate spring rate, and braking is actually enhanced due to the slight amount of dive you now have. Dive is essential for front braking. Not too much, but just enough.

Corners...you can lay the bike over and it will track like it's on RR tracks. Any hint of the 40mph Wing Wobble is gone. (Mine was bad...the bike now has proper rake and trail avoiding the wobble...not to say tire condition plays a part too...and steering head bearings...it's all fixed with the upgrade) I can't wait to wear out these stock 250'Lops' and get new 'Stones'...OMG it's going to be heaven.

I spent the bucks for the rear shock (designed jointly by Traxxion and Penske) and with the stainless braided pre-load hose, you get accurate adjustment...you can actually feel a difference in ride by changing the pre-load by '1' number! You can really dial it in now.

I know it's a lot of $$$ but when you spend $23,000 on a bike and it feels like the suspension was designed for a 1974 Honda 125, the extra $$ is justified. What is a motorcycle if not 'motor' and 'suspension'??

Just my two cents...watch this Tube if you want... http://www.traxxion.com/hondagoldwing.aspx
 

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took my E3s off and replacing them with metzlers.Whie I had front wheel off I dropped a couple spacers in my AD valve. I will let you all know how it turns out.:>
 

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I'm a Metzler fan egmonks, but if you don't know, they really like a lot of pressure. I run 41psi up front.

I put the $20 spacer in just because I didn't want to be jacking around trying to get a good fit. My AD was stuck and now the forks are way better. It is an easy fix, and if you don't like it, just take it out. It is a rip off for price, but fits great.
 

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Well I did the deed and put some spacers under my AD valve and road the bike 700 plus miles with a trailor in tow and feel confedent I did the right thing.Most of that lowspeed wobble I get when braking ,especially with the trailor is gone.:claps:Anyone interested in doing this should be pleased but if they arent it is correctable.Thank you all for the timely info
 
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