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by tom84std
Sun Aug 09, 2015 6:55 am
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: 1984 Goldwing 1200 interstate electrical gremlins!
Replies: 8
Views: 267

Re: 1984 Goldwing 1200 interstate electrical gremlins!

It's great to hear of somebody dusting one off. Spray some contact cleaner or WD-40 into the openings of the handlebar switches and work them back and forth a few times. If one fuse was deteriorated enough to fail mechanically, save yourself some trouble and replace them all. There should be one AGC...
by tom84std
Fri Jul 03, 2015 7:53 am
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Hard to shift after new stator
Replies: 12
Views: 262

Re: Hard to shift after new stator

It's true they didn't do anything to the gearbox, but they had to remove the shifter pedal, lay the engine down and roll it over. Disturb and remove the slave cylinder and linkage. Did the hydraulics get bled when reinstalled? Does the clutch feel normal at the handlebar lever? Engage and disengage ...
by tom84std
Sun Jun 28, 2015 5:06 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: carb & injector cleaner
Replies: 13
Views: 1748

Re: carb & injector cleaner

Like just about everyone here I've been using various additives for a long time like Gumout, Berrymans, Techron, Marvel ect.. I might be a little concerned about Ethanol's bad reputation but I've never heard of anything other than sunlight exposure or temperature extremes harming neoprene. Seems lik...
by tom84std
Wed Jun 24, 2015 7:19 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: How much is your GL1100 worth to you?
Replies: 2
Views: 145

Re: How much is your GL1100 worth to you?

My first Goldwing was a 79 with 24,000 when I bought it. Stored in a garage for a long time but it was fairly well kept. There were many small things I had to do to it including carb rebuild, minor repairs and expendables, valve job, seat replacement and general fitting it out with bags and trunk. A...
by tom84std
Wed Jun 24, 2015 8:14 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Rant about Previous Owners
Replies: 19
Views: 443

Re: Rant about Previous Owners

Buying any vehicle 15-30 years old is a crap shoot. I've got stories too. I've got experience working with my hands and a background working on technical things and I feel like I can correct things. Maybe not space shuttle perfect, but sound and reliable. Some of the things I've seen done left me th...
by tom84std
Wed Jun 24, 2015 7:46 am
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: changed shocks and now i bottom out
Replies: 11
Views: 284

Re: changed shocks and now i bottom out

Yes I was afraid you were going to say that but had to ask. You're limited in options. My wife and I rode a 79 a lotta miles on a pair of Progressives. Our combined weight was well over 300 and we had loaded bags and trunk, heavy trailer tongue to add to that. Those shocks really held up well. Those...
by tom84std
Tue Jun 23, 2015 6:17 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: 1500 windshield
Replies: 25
Views: 527

Re: 1500 windshield

I had no idea anything could react so quickly. That was almost instantaneous!
by tom84std
Tue Jun 23, 2015 3:15 pm
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: changed shocks and now i bottom out
Replies: 11
Views: 284

Re: changed shocks and now i bottom out

I'm sure you're frustrated and I don't blame you. You probably already have checked it, but someone's sure to ask so I guess I'll be the one. Have your new shocks got a preload adjustment?
by tom84std
Tue Jun 23, 2015 6:06 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: 1500 windshield
Replies: 25
Views: 527

Re: 1500 windshield

I've had very good luck using this on painted surfaces as well as motorcycle windshields. I've used a pad on the drill but it makes a helova mess. Of course it removes a few thousandths from the surface but in most cases that's the point. It cuts but leaves a very glossy surface. http://www.amazon.c...
by tom84std
Mon Jun 22, 2015 5:38 pm
Forum: Other Bikes
Topic: Bike won't turn over
Replies: 9
Views: 1737

Re: Bike won't turn over

I agree that most switches need to be clean and dry. The sliding brass contacts and nylon sliders really do need a slight lubricant though. Honda applies a heavier grease from the factory which works fine, but eventually dries and gets pretty crusty. The start switch is notorious for causing problem...
by tom84std
Mon Jun 22, 2015 7:44 am
Forum: GL1000 Information & Questions
Topic: i'm replacing head gaskets on my 75 gl1000...
Replies: 8
Views: 159

Re: i'm replacing head gaskets on my 75 gl1000...

Reuse the old ones. I've replaced several sets on different bikes. Never a problem.
by tom84std
Mon Jun 22, 2015 7:40 am
Forum: Other Bikes
Topic: Bike won't turn over
Replies: 9
Views: 1737

Re: Bike won't turn over

Honda uses assemblies on several different models and continues to use them even though they've proven to be a problem. I know, every manufacturer does this, to change something during production is very costly. Put the tube of a WD40 can right against the start button where the button protrudes thr...
by tom84std
Sun Jun 21, 2015 8:11 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Gl1500 blows fuse
Replies: 4
Views: 160

Re: Gl1500 blows fuse

The white wire/green stripe is the main feeder wire which supplies the horn/brake lamp circuit. It is fused at the main box and runs to the horn switch and both brake lamp switches, so it covers a lot of territory. If it's blowing fuses without closing either switch, the problem is somewhere in that...
by tom84std
Sun Jun 21, 2015 7:55 pm
Forum: Other Bikes
Topic: Bike won't turn over
Replies: 9
Views: 1737

Re: Bike won't turn over

Everything illuminated. Headlamp switches off when start button pressed. Eng Run switch in (Run), neutral light illuminated yet still no crank, it sounds like a dirty start switch. The VTX is infamous for this happening and the Shadow has the same assembly. Disconnect the battery and remove the Phil...
by tom84std
Sat Jun 20, 2015 8:19 pm
Forum: GL1000 Information & Questions
Topic: GL1000 '77 exhaust backfire
Replies: 1
Views: 159

Re: GL1000 '77 exhaust backfire

This is only one possibility and it's only a guess. Exhaust popping after removing and reinstalling the exhaust system makes me think of an exhaust leak. If the gasket wasn't installed correctly or a stud were loose it could allow fresh air to be pulled into the system and thus cause the popping.
by tom84std
Fri Jun 19, 2015 5:47 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Popping noise
Replies: 7
Views: 199

Re: Popping noise

My 1200 started that on the road one afternoon about thirty miles from Amarillo. In downtown Amarillo it quit completely. I fitted an automotive pump from an Autozone a few bolocks away from where I was stuck. That was about four years ago and it's still on the bike.
by tom84std
Tue Jun 16, 2015 9:01 pm
Forum: GL1000 Information & Questions
Topic: wheel bearings
Replies: 8
Views: 238

Re: wheel bearings

Hello Geo, I'm sorry I can't specify exact numbers for you, but I can relate the fact that I found myself in Gunnison Co. in 2003 with a rear wheel bearing clicking. Apprehensive of leaving the small town without replacing the clicking bearing properly, I got a room and tore the bike down in the mot...
by tom84std
Tue Jun 16, 2015 7:44 pm
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: Rear axle leak
Replies: 21
Views: 724

Re: Rear axle leak

The reason I suggested brake cleaner is because I know it is designed to not harm rubber (lots of rubber parts on your brakes), and he wants to remove the grease from his tires. I don't know if engine degreaser will harm rubber tires or not. Oh no, I wasn't questioning your suggestion. But for ever...
by tom84std
Tue Jun 16, 2015 3:48 pm
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: Rear axle leak
Replies: 21
Views: 724

Re: Rear axle leak

Wingadmin's brake cleaner suggestion will do the job for the heavy paste you've got to remove now. For everyday cleaning of the bottom half of my bikes I like to use engine degreaser aerosol spray. I swear I smell diesel when I spray it. It doesn't harm the paint or the bare metal but it's a good so...
by tom84std
Tue Jun 16, 2015 7:02 am
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: Rear axle leak
Replies: 21
Views: 724

Re: Rear axle leak

Excuse me for asking dumb questions but I'm trying to get an idea where you are with servicing things. It takes a thin coating of moly 60 on the splines. I could see putting a large excess on and some of it slinging out. Could that be a possibility? You removed the drive? When you refilled, was it r...
by tom84std
Sun Jun 14, 2015 1:15 pm
Forum: Camping and Trailers
Topic: Harbor Freight Tag-Along Trailer
Replies: 31
Views: 4832

Re: Harbor Freight Tag-Along Trailer

The time it swayed with me was early one morning the first time I towed it on the highway. I had bolted the spare under the back. When I got to work I moved the spare to inside the trailer and in front. I always made sure I had most of the weight in front and never had another problem. I learned a v...
by tom84std
Sun Jun 14, 2015 6:53 am
Forum: Camping and Trailers
Topic: Harbor Freight Tag-Along Trailer
Replies: 31
Views: 4832

Re: Harbor Freight Tag-Along Trailer

Stuart I've fishtailed a trailer twice in my lifetime. I mean uncontrollably fishtailed. The first time it resulted in a jackknife and was with a Suburban pulling an improperly loaded utility trailer. The second time was with my Goldwing when I first built the trailer we've been talking about. Also ...
by tom84std
Sun Jun 14, 2015 6:12 am
Forum: Camping and Trailers
Topic: Harbor Freight Tag-Along Trailer
Replies: 31
Views: 4832

Re: Harbor Freight Tag-Along Trailer

Roadwanderer it's been a couple of days since I've been on the forum. Trailer axle-to-trailer coupling is 6'.......That trailer coupling pivot point-to motorcycle rear axle is 2' . I have no way to measure my previous trailer since the bike and trailer are long gone, but I can guess from memory: Mot...
by tom84std
Sun Jun 14, 2015 5:39 am
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Keep blowing a fuses on starter rely
Replies: 4
Views: 276

Re: Keep blowing a fuses on starter rely

That fuse right by the starter relay is the main fuse. Once blown, everything should be completely dead. It should be the largest fuse in the system (30 Amp.). It'll take a major short somewhere in the main line. Does it blow with the key switch off? If it does, there's a short to ground, probably i...
by tom84std
Fri Jun 12, 2015 6:51 am
Forum: Camping and Trailers
Topic: Harbor Freight Tag-Along Trailer
Replies: 31
Views: 4832

Re: Harbor Freight Tag-Along Trailer

Roadwanderer, I built the last one from scratch. Having no experience at the time in pulling trailers with motorcycles, I made the tongue too short and axle too far forward. The Harbor Freight trailer has the axle located very close to the rear of the trailer. It also has a fairly long tongue. This ...