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Question about fork tubes
Hello all, I have a quick question about my fork tubes. They have some pretty good gouges in them and are leaking a little. (it looks like someone tried to hold it still with a pair of channel locks or vise grips) I do need a new set.

Is the fork tubes from a 85 GL1200 the same as mine, an 84 GL1200? I see a whole fork set-up on Ebay and thought I may be able to use the tubes. or would it be better if I just bought new tubes?

On a side note does anyone have an opinion on who makes the best quality seals and dust covers?

As always any advice would be great.
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Curtis
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#1 11-23-2007, 06:54 AM,
Are the gouges on the sliding section where the seal is?

The fork part number for the 84 is 51410-MG9-671

The fork part number for the 85 is 51410-MG9-671


So I would assume they are the same @ $190 each I would look at ebay
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#2 11-23-2007, 06:55 AM,
tricky, the gouges are about 2 inches up from where the tubes slide down past the seal and into the shock. Give me about 10-15 minutes and I can post a picture.
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#3 11-23-2007, 07:01 AM,
Ok here are a couple of pictures of the gouges.
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#4 11-23-2007, 07:15 AM,
I agree 100%. Ebay would be my first choice if they would work and have no scuffs or gouges.

Thanks for the help. Any opinion on who makes the best quality seals?
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#5 11-23-2007, 07:19 AM,
I would imagine those gouges wouldnt help any sealing thats for sure.

Who the heck would put a pair of vice grips or even put that part anywhere near a vice beats me.

That set on ebay, I would ask the seller to photograph the sliders on the forks. The price is right ($59) for the complete set. But it makes me wonder when someone else is asking $300 for similar on ebay.

The only part of the fork that go near a vice is the upper part and then wrapped in a cloth and tightened very lightly.
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#6 11-23-2007, 07:28 AM,
These look OK
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#7 11-23-2007, 07:31 AM,
[quote="floridawing"]Hello all, I have a quick question about my fork tubes. They have some pretty good gouges in them and are leaking a little. (it looks like someone tried to hold it still with a pair of channel locks or vise grips) I do need a new set.

Floridawing, after I removed my front forks, to replace the seals, I noticed a lot of pitting from corrosion on the back side of the tubes. I took them into my local Honda dealer (Sturgis in Hamilton, On.) for advise. The mechanic was confident that they would be ok after a little buffing, and that as long as it was not abrasive, the seals would be ok. That was two years ago and no air or oil leaking yet!!! (touch wood Smile Your problem could be just the seals.
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#8 11-23-2007, 01:43 PM,
Tricky, I will just say that the PO did a lot of things to this bike that leaves me shaking my head wondering why it was done that way. Instead of replacing the main 30 AMP fuse to the right of the battery, They put cheap conections on it and tried to "hot glue" it together among other things. I will definitely send the seller a request for close up pictures. Thanks for the help.

Smuff, I am not sure if these can be rubbed out, the pictures dont really do it any justice. The gouges are pretty deep and rough to the touch. I will look into it though. But honestly at this point, I may have to go with diffrent tubes.
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#9 11-23-2007, 07:14 PM,
I realize this is an old thread and this is my first post
I just got fork tubes from Franks Maint and Eng out of Evanston IL
$288.60 for the pair. Includes shipping. Exactly the same as stock
I used to do business with them years ago. All they make are motorcycle fork tubes.
They do not take credit cards. You can prepay or have sent COD. They will call you the day they ship and tell you the total if you are having shipped COD. Gotta have a money order or cahiers check as the UPS guys can't take cash anymore
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