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Thread: Don't ever trust the PO.. or their mechanic, 82 850GL fork upgrade/repair

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    Default Don't ever trust the PO.. or their mechanic, 82 850GL fork upgrade/repair

    So as planned...kind of... got everything to change out the fork seals and switch to sonic springs. Then as I started taking things apart, I found the valve broken, retainer rusted in place, bad wheel bearings and a left over gremlin from WWII.... yada yada yada. PO had a receipt from a metric mechanic place of business in the Tampa, FL area, for..... $600 fork tune up. He got robbed, nothing was done to the forks, seals were rotted and cracked, valves were broken, oil was from 1988...etc. So I am going to have to post a few entries to get all the pics, the black oil was like molasses when it came out. I had to cut it with mineral spirits to get it to even flow. I found the source of my diving 6 inches at every stop sign. The fix you ask? I had some left over socket cap bolts from a carb rebuild, there were thread left where the schrader screwed in and I tapped it out a little and voila! Temp fix until new valve arrives. Back to POS mechanic and his shady place of business. I will give them credit, they can sync carbs and did a really good job on the electrical....the mechanical ... dudes you guys suck....plain and simple. It is my understanding one of the mechanics is a member on here, I really don't like calling people out, but you ripped ol' boy off...which in turn could have put me in danger while riding. pics to follow. On a good note, the combo of new Hagon shocks and sonic springs .... I am now riding like a caddy. WHOOO HOOOO!!
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    Last edited by Blue Falcon; 05-19-2017 at 09:30 PM.


    1981 GS450EX - all done - 98% OEM.... SOLD!!!!
    1982 GS850GLZ - Shaftie - daily rider

    After working on jet engines for 20 years...I thought a bike would be easy.
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    Default Fork Oil... he must have used crude oil

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    bad fork oil, had to cut it with mineral spirits to get it out lol
    Last edited by Blue Falcon; 05-19-2017 at 09:28 PM.


    1981 GS450EX - all done - 98% OEM.... SOLD!!!!
    1982 GS850GLZ - Shaftie - daily rider

    After working on jet engines for 20 years...I thought a bike would be easy.
    The Ron Burgundy Effect : Reading or copying whatever is in front of you without any thought or comprehension of what you just read.

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    Here are the new springs next to the old... you can see my fix for the valve on the mat022.jpg


    1981 GS450EX - all done - 98% OEM.... SOLD!!!!
    1982 GS850GLZ - Shaftie - daily rider

    After working on jet engines for 20 years...I thought a bike would be easy.
    The Ron Burgundy Effect : Reading or copying whatever is in front of you without any thought or comprehension of what you just read.

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