HONDA GL1200 fork seals Removal And Installation Manual


Filed Under (Honda) by admin on 27-02-2011

subsequent seal failure it can cause, is to cover or “shield” the tubes in some manner that goes beyond the normal protection offered by dust seals. My old CB200T has the traditional, accordion-rubber “gaiters” over the shock tubes, and the seals have failed only once in 12 years, at 80,000 miles. That’s why you still see gaiters on virtually every off-road bike made. But somewhere along the line “fashion” and “design” overcame common sense, and we all started insisting on street bikes with modern-looking, totally exposed, polished fork tubes. Gaiters were dropped almost entirely, determined to be much too old-fashioned-looking, or as contributing in some miniscule manner to fork “stiction.” Maybe so—but they worked. Some riders, wise to the ways of seal failure, have developed “home remedies” to protect their forks. Among the ones I’ve seen are sections of rubber hose attached to fork housings with hose clamps, or the more attractive addition of vinyl “wrap-arounds” that velcro around the tubes and slide up and down with the forks. Some of these are even color-matched to the bikes. I used to own a Honda GL1200 that needed the fork seals replaced at 21,000 miles, 43,000 miles, and 62,000 miles. Then I covered the exposed upper tubes with vinyl “sliders,” and never had to replace the seals again. The bike’s current owner now has the odometer up to 124,000 miles, and the seals are still holding. Honda must have gotten wise to this, because the GL1500 models came with plastic “fork shields” built right onto the front fender. Even though they don’t quite cover the entire exposed area of the tubes