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I am working on my 2003 VTX1800c. It has the front wheel off for new tire. Since, as the picture shows, the forks are easily accessed why not install new springs and oil. Well there are not any good youtube videos in regard to this for the VTX1800 that are worth following. Can't find much in the forums either that I can understand. Partszilla has an excellent video for this project on a 2007 Honda Goldwing GC1800. Does anyone here at the Forum know if these two bikes' forks are a close match procedure wise. Of course there are different sizes of springs,etc. but would the method of doing it be the same? The video is so good I could even get this done on my own. Wouldn't it be the same way on either one? The maintenance book would be used for specs and ounces and such. Also if I dive into this should I install new bushings even though they are not leaking? Bike has shy of 12k miles. Your thoughts are appreciated. Fingers crossed.
 

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1800, one of the forks is inverted. When I had 2 friends walk me through changing springs and new seals, bushings, I mixed equal parts 10W and 15W for a net of 12.5 Don't use All Balls seals & bushings for this application. Stick with Honda OEM. A tech session is a great way to get this done, learn about your ride, and make new friends as knowledgable people help you learn. Maybe someone near you could volunteer to help. Give your location.
 

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I am working on my 2003 VTX1800c. It has the front wheel off for new tire. Since, as the picture shows, the forks are easily accessed why not install new springs and oil. Well there are not any good youtube videos in regard to this for the VTX1800 that are worth following. Can't find much in the forums either that I can understand. Partszilla has an excellent video for this project on a 2007 Honda Goldwing GC1800. Does anyone here at the Forum know if these two bikes' forks are a close match procedure wise. Of course there are different sizes of springs,etc. but would the method of doing it be the same? The video is so good I could even get this done on my own. Wouldn't it be the same way on either one? The maintenance book would be used for specs and ounces and such. Also if I dive into this should I install new bushings even though they are not leaking? Bike has shy of 12k miles. Your thoughts are appreciated. Fingers crossed.
I am working on my 2003 VTX1800c. It has the front wheel off for new tire. Since, as the picture shows, the forks are easily accessed why not install new springs and oil. Well there are not any good youtube videos in regard to this for the VTX1800 that are worth following. Can't find much in the forums either that I can understand. Partszilla has an excellent video for this project on a 2007 Honda Goldwing GC1800. Does anyone here at the Forum know if these two bikes' forks are a close match procedure wise. Of course there are different sizes of springs,etc. but would the method of doing it be the same? The video is so good I could even get this done on my own. Wouldn't it be the same way on either one? The maintenance book would be used for specs and ounces and such. Also if I dive into this should I install new bushings even though they are not leaking? Bike has shy of 12k miles. Your thoughts are appreciated. Fingers crossed.
Here is a good write up from Bareass choppers site on the 1800 fork service.
 

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Here is a good write up from Bareass choppers site on the 1800 fork service.
Hi, stranger. Guess you're keeping busy making heat?
 

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I watched a couple videos about changing out springs and fluid and seals and bushings. They seemed pretty clear-cut; almost too easy. Read the Clymer manual on this subject. They said I needed a special tool with notches to remove the inner fork bolt. None of the Youtube videos mentions anything about that. Plus the Clymer book makes this job out to be rocket science with all their steps. Bottom line is all I wanted to do is install new springs and oil. Bare-Ass Choppers does that in spades and you do not even take the forks off. Seals are not leaking so if it aint broke don't fix it. Preventative maintenance you say? Not! I will finish this bike and ride it the whole riding season and then sell it to purchase a different used bike this October as yet another winter project (probably at a loss but I do not care). Busy hands are happy hands especially in Winter.
 
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