Search found 377 matches

by PastoT
Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:55 am
Forum: GL1800 Information & Questions
Topic: Poor gas mileage and smell
Replies: 8
Views: 252

Re: Poor gas mileage and smell

Just take your time and go easy when removing the lower cowl to access the vapor canister. The cowl has like 6 shoulder screws and I think 4 plastic body rivets but once loose you need to fiddle around to clear the rear-front wheel fender but on an 02 there is no bending of anything to extract it. I...
by PastoT
Wed Dec 06, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: GL1800 Information & Questions
Topic: Anyone try ZDDP Plus additive ?
Replies: 2
Views: 139

Re: Anyone try ZDDP Plus additive ?

I haven't used it myself but there are well known and respected Goldwing Wrenches on several Goldwing forums that swear by its use as a positive benefit for our transmissions and the ghost shift (out of 5th gear) issue. Of course not every transmission has the issue develop so how they determined it...
by PastoT
Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:42 pm
Forum: GL1800 Information & Questions
Topic: Poor gas mileage and smell
Replies: 8
Views: 252

Re: Poor gas mileage and smell

They're are several lines to the evap canister, one from the tank that collects the vapor but also can catch over-flow, another to the throttle body through a purge valve. If these are clogged, leaking or the purge valve is stuck or disconnected the gas smell can get pretty obnoxious in a closed are...
by PastoT
Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:54 pm
Forum: GL1800 Information & Questions
Topic: Bike starts only if in neutral?
Replies: 13
Views: 200

Re: Bike starts only if in neutral?

One more quick note... the wires for those lever actuated micro switches can pull loose on the front side of the brake/clutch lever base and you'll here the switch click as usual, but if they're not plugged in that will also disable that circuit. Its easy to do if you towel off your bike after its b...
by PastoT
Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: Camping and Trailers
Topic: What Trailer can i really tow?
Replies: 16
Views: 286

Re: What Trailer can i really tow?

Take my advice with a regain of salt as I ride an 1800. I've towed 500-600# in both my Time Out tent camper and my HF Tag-Along and had little issue short of decreased mpg. My hitch is lower than what I've seen on earlier models and still I had occasional steering issues as it would attempt to push ...
by PastoT
Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:11 pm
Forum: GL1800 Information & Questions
Topic: 2004 WING WITH CSC CONVERSION STARTER PROBLEMS
Replies: 3
Views: 320

Re: 2004 WING WITH CSC CONVERSION STARTER PROBLEMS

First off, welcome to the board. In all likely hood it has little to do with your conversion and that may be confusing the issue. If your starter button on the right hand POD sticks the current running through the starter relays will melt their plastic cores and jam the relay plungers in the start u...
by PastoT
Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:42 pm
Forum: GL1800 Information & Questions
Topic: regarding leds, trunk lights, brake flasher...
Replies: 11
Views: 380

Re: regarding leds, trunk lights, brake flasher...

I never figured I'd be seeking a lighting upgrade on the 1800, they are more than adequate once fog lights are installed but I was tired of buying headlights so I found LED bulbs for everything all around and noted a nice increase in running voltage (+ .3 volts) with the reduced current draw. The hi...
by PastoT
Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:29 pm
Forum: GL1800 Information & Questions
Topic: regarding leds, trunk lights, brake flasher...
Replies: 11
Views: 380

Re: regarding leds, trunk lights, brake flasher...

Very true, no load resisters with the electronic flasher module (that's at least 4 less cut up harness wires!) I bought load resisters with my lights and fortunately did not have to splice them in as I bought the new flasher module just in time. I like the flash-to-solid brake lights also, I did the...
by PastoT
Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:17 pm
Forum: GL1800 Information & Questions
Topic: Hot Tires
Replies: 22
Views: 564

Re: Hot Tires

One more tidbit of advice... if you haven't already you should install good 90 degrees steel valve stems the next time you change tires. The 90 degree stock rubber one on my rear wheel was the culprit in my getting stranded in the desert at night - it blew out and thinking I was just shot at I haule...
by PastoT
Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: GL1800 Information & Questions
Topic: Winter Covers
Replies: 8
Views: 391

Re: Winter Covers

I would be so tempted to rent a small storage locker for the short time winter hits. Park it on the center stand with plywood under the front tire, pull the battery and put moth balls in close formation all around it then a dust cover. Short of that I'd widen my back door and bring it in the house, ...
by PastoT
Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: GL1800 Information & Questions
Topic: regarding leds, trunk lights, brake flasher...
Replies: 11
Views: 380

Re: regarding leds, trunk lights, brake flasher...

I haven't a Gen2 GL1800 but on the 2002 I've replaced all my lights with LEDs and for the turn flashers to function I disconnected the turn flasher harness from the back of the instrument console and jimmy rigged a solid state electronic flasher module in for 8 bucks at the car parts store. there ar...
by PastoT
Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: GL1800 Information & Questions
Topic: Hot Tires
Replies: 22
Views: 564

Re: Hot Tires

I've run three sets of E-3s and two sets E-4s and never allow them to drop below 39 stone cold. I've found the E-4 max cold pressures changed between the tire from the first to second but only by 1 or 2 psi. Anyway I run year round in the desert at max cold PSI with balancing beads and have not over...
by PastoT
Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:36 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: How cold will ya'll ride?
Replies: 42
Views: 1525

Re: How cold will ya'll ride?

Well I've already swapped my passive jacket liner and gloves for my Gerbings heated gear. I plan to ride as in the past until the roads freeze over. I've ridden the 12 miles to work at 5F and can say at 65 mph my gear starts loosing the battle and I have to slow to about 55 to take off the chill. I ...
by PastoT
Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:21 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: New 2018 Goldwing Survey
Replies: 58
Views: 2353

Re: New 2018 Goldwing Survey

Of course I want to be hands on with this new Wing before I put money down and have several reservations starting with the reduced storage and loss of all glove boxes (if you choose the Tour DCT Airbag). Definitely a sharp looking bike but tail in saddle will be the ultimate decision for me. My 02 i...
by PastoT
Fri Oct 20, 2017 5:01 pm
Forum: GL1800 Information & Questions
Topic: 2006 Goldwing cooling fans
Replies: 18
Views: 478

Re: 2006 Goldwing cooling fans

Holy cow, that's a lot of coolant to lose! Mine has only hit the "H" 3 times and only briefly all in miserable 110+ conditions. Once with my camper in trail on I-17 IU got held back behind 20 miles of vehicles crawling past a traffic accident in AZ, there I had pull over issues and no-place safe but...
by PastoT
Thu Oct 19, 2017 12:28 pm
Forum: GL1800 Information & Questions
Topic: 2006 Goldwing cooling fans
Replies: 18
Views: 478

Re: 2006 Goldwing cooling fans

I have to agree to a certain point. Early 1800 ECUs are not flash-able, but I'm already questioning the history of my bike, If I have an over heating issue its closer to 25mph. Years ago I had an occasion to be without helmet or radio on a very hot summer trip and noticed a noise that turned out to ...
by PastoT
Thu Oct 19, 2017 12:03 am
Forum: GL1800 Information & Questions
Topic: 2006 Goldwing cooling fans
Replies: 18
Views: 478

Re: 2006 Goldwing cooling fans

Now I can't sleep wondering about my ECU and its settings! Anyway I read on another forum where a overheating plagued owner mounted ancillary cooling fans on the outside of the radiators and used them to boost the force of the stock fans but they were still blowing in and were manually powered on or...
by PastoT
Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:37 pm
Forum: GL1800 Information & Questions
Topic: 2006 Goldwing cooling fans
Replies: 18
Views: 478

Re: 2006 Goldwing cooling fans

Larger radiators in 2006 makes was what I was thinking but wasn't sure. I was hesitant to say fans turned off at 30 as I've read 15 also (a lot, but its not mentioned in the service manual) and thought it may have been the change to the earlier models that involved an correction ECU or swap for the ...
by PastoT
Wed Oct 18, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: GL1800 Information & Questions
Topic: Slight odor of gasoline
Replies: 5
Views: 362

Re: Slight odor of gasoline



by PastoT
Wed Oct 18, 2017 5:02 pm
Forum: GL1800 Information & Questions
Topic: Slight odor of gasoline
Replies: 5
Views: 362

Re: Slight odor of gasoline

Not uncommon when temps are hot and when one tends to overfill the gas tank. Like mentioned previously the Evap canister can receive overflowed fuel and when you shut down the engine heat causes it to outgas and it becomes noticeable once you stop, worse if you park in a garage before its blown off....
by PastoT
Wed Oct 18, 2017 4:17 pm
Forum: GL1800 Information & Questions
Topic: 2006 Goldwing cooling fans
Replies: 18
Views: 478

Re: 2006 Goldwing cooling fans

I have faced this with my 2002 wile trailering in the South West, I am commonly riding in 100+ temps. Its really not that the fans are shutting off to soon, they turn off at 30 mph. What is happening is the fans are sucking cooler external air through the radiator from the outside and pushing it for...
by PastoT
Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: GL1800 Information & Questions
Topic: warm up
Replies: 4
Views: 363

Re: warm up

This might seem silly but have you checked the radiators for bugs and flotsam that may have blocked airflow? I carry an HF IR temperature gun to verify my observations engine temps left to right, brake rotor temps, tire temps etc. I got it for almost free on sale and it might be something that can a...
by PastoT
Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:52 pm
Forum: GL1800 Information & Questions
Topic: 2012 Headlights Quit (2 questions)
Replies: 7
Views: 364

Re: 2012 Headlights Quit (2 questions)

Definitely get some CRC and flush out the start button. The word is not to use WD-40 or wet spray lubricants as they collect the grime that can jam the switch up; but I've used it very sparingly before. Living in a dust bowl here my switches probably stick more than many other riders and I carry CRC...
by PastoT
Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: GL1800 Information & Questions
Topic: Key not unlocking my trunk, key turns, nothing happens.
Replies: 18
Views: 716

Re: Key not unlocking my trunk, key turns, nothing happens.

I have an 02 and there is no hardware to remotely unlock its trunk. Anyway try pushing up on the release paddles beneath the trunk then turn the key left and right again. Mine has a broken spring in the mechanism and its too much of a pain to strip out the trunk and replace it, it will allow the cen...
by PastoT
Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: Camping and Trailers
Topic: LED Trailer Lighting
Replies: 6
Views: 565

Re: LED Trailer Lighting

BTW, I have a tag-along with LED lights (the recall sent me a back up set). On my 02 1800 I had no issues using LED trailer lights without an isolator, they draw very little current and did not impair the 1800's incandescent OEM lights on board (they were the ballast needed for signal flasher). With...