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GL1500 modified steering and fork extenders

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Quote from Big Tom on May 12, 2019, 9:22 am

How hard is this job to do?  I will  be looking to do it or have it done in the future on my '98 GW.

 

Tom

replacing the tree can be a rather large job, but if you are a decent mechanic and do most of your own work it isn't terrible

there are videos and tutorials about replacing your head bearings, that is what I used to do mine. I didn't have the correct socket for the nut so I had to sort of guess at the torque when I put it back, but I am a 35+ year mechanic so I felt comfortable doing that.

 

 

Quote from AJ1200 on May 13, 2019, 9:02 am
Quote from Big Tom on May 12, 2019, 9:22 am

How hard is this job to do?  I will  be looking to do it or have it done in the future on my '98 GW.

 

Tom

replacing the tree can be a rather large job, but if you are a decent mechanic and do most of your own work it isn't terrible

there are videos and tutorials about replacing your head bearings, that is what I used to do mine. I didn't have the correct socket for the nut so I had to sort of guess at the torque when I put it back, but I am a 35+ year mechanic so I felt comfortable doing that.

 

 

Here is a tutorial on what it takes to replace the head bearings in a 1500.  Changing the tree is a matter of swapping the new tree for the old as part of this procedure.

 

https://goldwingdocs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=23661

Thanks, good to know for when the time comes..

so I got around to installing the fork extenders this weekend, I completely forgot to take pictures until it was a done deal

First impressions of the ride after installation, first thing I noticed was a reduction in wind buffeting at higher speeds

my bike has been bad with buffeting every since I added the car, it is a noticeable improvement now, second thing is it doesn't seem to pull as much to the right during acceleration as it did,  I will know more after more riding. also didn't seem to lean out as much when on the on ramp, it was like the car was better planted than normal, almost like I had some ballast in it. again more miles will tell if that was imagined or real

the ride itself doesn't seem to have changed and the steering is pretty much the same.

but this is all I noticed on the first ride coming to work this morning, only 30 miles so not a total shake down of the change

ok so now I have had a week of riding to get a better feel for the change in the forks. now I can honestly say it does ride much better, it handles the bumps a lot smoother and has less reaction in the handlebars. also there is a noticeable change in the nose diving when braking harder than normal

it's a lot less now. so I have to say it was a good move to add the extenders

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