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Looking into the front fork suspension of the 1200. Traxxion has a cartridge kit for the 1200, but found a 1500 cartridge Kit made by Andreani. My 1200 weighs in just north of 800 pounds, the 1988 1500 weighs in just a tad more. My research indicates that the front forks are the same. The Andreani fork cartridges are less expensive than Traxxion at approximately $825.00 CDN. Not bad for a cartridge set complete with fork caps that allow for external preload/rebound/compression settings. The Race Tech springs installed in the 1200 are 6 years old, and are OEM equivalent - bit soft. Would expect the springs on the 1500 cartridge set to be a bit heavier than needed for the 1200, and this is a good thing. Thinking the Andreani cartridges would be a good match for the new Hagon shocks I have installed on the rear. Be able to set the bike sag and rebound better, and adjust the front fork spring compression.

Should be able to take out the OEM internals, and do a plug and ply with the Andreani cartridges. Mention this because the TRAC system was disabled when the Race Tech front fork springs and emulator/gold valves were installed.

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Sent an email to the company regarding the Andreani fork cartridges for the 1500. I asked about spring rate and mentioned that I was looking at a 1.1/1.2 kg/mm spring rate. The company did reply. From Genial Motor in Italy:

"Hello, the product comes with instructions but, it must be assembled by qualified and specialized personnel, by a suspension technician. the specification for use is mainly for sports motorcycles. All it takes is your weight."

Thinking an email to Andreani would be beneficial.

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The heat gun I use for electrical work died yesterday! Loved that heat gun :lust: - we had a lot of history - not that I used it a lot :hihihi: . Going to pick up a new one today at our HF equivalent.

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Short update. Have ordered the piston ring set from Rock Auto - $50.00 CDN delivered. This is the piston ring set I mentioned in post #37 - ordered the set that is 1.0 mm oversize. Have one Honda head gasket on order - had one on hand already. Transmission cover gasket on order as well. Looked at parts availability. Will be taking another stab at the hydraulic lifter shim adjustment now that I know what to look for. Found two hydraulic lifter end caps in Slave Lake Alberta, last two in Canada. These are only used on the intake lifters, and need to come out to check the shim adjustment. Went to the local fastener place and got some thinner washers that I will use as hydraulic liter shims. The OEM shim stock is one size - 1.0 mm. The washers I purchased are 0.71 mm, just enough to get rid of any ticking, and should work well when the shim reading is on the line between one, two or no shims.

The rear engine case gasket may be in Manitoba, but can make one if needed. Want to do the hydraulic lifter adjustment before end next week. Get it sorted out then move on to the piston rings.

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Received the piston rings for the 1200. Took these to the machine shop and was informed that these are Hastings piston rings. Whomever the manufacturer is these are better than what is in at this time. Like that these are labelled as 1st, 2nd, and oil rings:
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2014 Can-Am Spyder RT LE
1995 GL1500 SE CDN Edition (sold)
2012 Suzuki DL1000 VStrom (sold)
2008 GL1800 (sold)
Ontario 1985 GL1200 (sold)
1st Bike - 1972 Suzuki 250 Hustler


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Time to get at the ring replacement. Will probably do a couple of other little items, good time to do the hydraulic lifter shim check. Have the time and not going anywhere, yet. Want to install a better spacer for the external alt engine pulley.

Picking up a couple of gaskets tomorrow. Have everything else on hand.

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