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by Mh434
Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:15 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: re-painting a radiator?
Replies: 7
Views: 269

Re: re-painting a radiator?

I agree wholeheartedly about avoiding bead blasting - those fins are almost as fragile as aluminum foil. High-pressure steam, on the other hand, will not only remove all the bugs & their entrails, but will get rid of every trace of oil, grease, and dirt, without damaging the fins or the cores. As fo...
by Mh434
Thu Nov 30, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Finally... A summation of what I have learned
Replies: 27
Views: 688

Re: Finally... A summation of what I have learned

Yeah...if it was me, I'd have been doing the fist-pumping happy dance all over the garage for awhile. Just, you know, to confirm to the neighbors that I'm a certifiable whacko... :lol: :roll:
by Mh434
Sun Nov 26, 2017 3:04 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: 1500 screws
Replies: 13
Views: 507

Re: 1500 screws

The JIS screws are actually far superior to our garden-variety Phillips heads. The JIS screwdrivers fit the screw heads more precisely, and don't tend to round out the heads like our Phillips ones do. So, it's actually the other way around - what we're used to is basically a poor cousin to the JIS s...
by Mh434
Sun Nov 26, 2017 1:49 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Dies in gear
Replies: 4
Views: 145

Re: Dies in gear

The only dumb questions are the ones we never ask...glad you got it going!
by Mh434
Sat Nov 25, 2017 6:01 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: 1500 screws
Replies: 13
Views: 507

Re: 1500 screws

Nope - they're JIS head screws. While similar to a Phillips, the use of our normal Phillips screwdrivers may result in stripping out the heads of the screws, as they don't fit the heads accurately like JIS screwdrivers do.
by Mh434
Sat Nov 25, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Dies in gear
Replies: 4
Views: 145

Re: Dies in gear

I'm with VIrgil on this - first check should be the neutral safety switch at the sidestand.
by Mh434
Wed Nov 15, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Spare power connections in fuse box
Replies: 4
Views: 260

Re: Spare power connections in fuse box

If you use one of the fuses to send a switched-12V signal to a relay, which in turn is powered from the battery, it will work fine without drawing virtually any power from the accessory circuit. Some heated grips instructions (like the ones that came with my ShowChrome grips) tell you to run the gri...
by Mh434
Wed Nov 15, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: LCD Module Inop
Replies: 27
Views: 868

Re: LCD Module Inop

Interestingly enough, my LCD display does the same thing when the bike is subjected to cold and damp. As I live in the Pacific Northwest, this is pretty much the case about 8-9 months per year. The LCD goes utterly blank, although the radio continues to function. It may sound weird, but I use a smal...
by Mh434
Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: engine noise
Replies: 3
Views: 245

Re: engine noise

I'm with WA on this...it sounds to me like a timing belt tensioner failing. Once one of the belts drags enough to slip a tooth or two, catastrophic engine failure will follow about a millisecond later. :shock:
by Mh434
Sat Nov 11, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: LED light bar
Replies: 10
Views: 387

Re: LED light bar

I mounted a pair of the black-housing lights like MikeB has pictured, above. They're 10 watts each, and produce more light each than a halogen on high beam (while using 1/6 of the power). I've had mine for a couple of years, and they seem to be bulletproof (and waterproof).
by Mh434
Sat Nov 11, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: GL1800 Information & Questions
Topic: Hot Tires
Replies: 22
Views: 597

Re: Hot Tires

By the time the tire was hot, the pressure had probably increased at least 5 psi from what it was cold, which would mean it was down to 30 psi when you started off - far too low for a GL1500 tire. I use exactly the same tires on my '97 SE, and run them at 41 psi cold. They stay nice and cool, even a...
by Mh434
Wed Nov 08, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Brush-on chrome
Replies: 3
Views: 284

Re: Brush-on chrome

This new stuff, if the ads are to be believed, looks pretty impressive. There is a lot of prep work, though, it appears, as the substrate needs to have a mirror finish, as well as their proprietary primer. Nonetheless, if it works as advertised, it's still a far-cheaper alternative to actual chrome,...
by Mh434
Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Odd carb issue... Slides flutter Video included
Replies: 17
Views: 478

Re: Odd carb issue... Slides flutter Video included

Operating the engine without the air filter system attached will affect the running. The carbs are designed to work with a certain amount of resistance to air flow, so without them the carbs may not run like they should. The resistance helps to damp out intake pulses, as well. This is similar to run...
by Mh434
Sun Nov 05, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Winterizing
Replies: 6
Views: 220

Re: Winterizing

Personally, I prefer to use a fuel preservative. I believe the presence of fuel in the carbs (if so-preserved) helps keep all the seals from drying out & shrinking. Every time I use preservative over the winter (7-8 months here), when I go to start one of my engines it's like I just shut it down an ...
by Mh434
Fri Nov 03, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: GL1500 DIY Articles
Topic: How to remove and replace your timing belts
Replies: 134
Views: 55836

Re: How to remove and replace your timing belts

All years of GL1500, from 1988 through 2000, used the same size timing belts.
by Mh434
Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: GOLDWING SE STRIPES
Replies: 7
Views: 314

Re: GOLDWING SE STRIPES

Try RonAyers.com - here's a link to some of their OEM side cover decals. They're not cheap - around $50 - but they do seem to be available.

https://www.ronayers.com/oemparts/a/hon ... 0f2/stripe
by Mh434
Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: What kind of Air Guage do you use?
Replies: 16
Views: 754

Re: What kind of Air Guage do you use?

I got tired of going back and forth from pressure gauge to pressure hose, so I saw somewhere that one of these works great. I have had it for about year now and love it! https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MU6T7AL/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 That's the type I use (well, the analog ...
by Mh434
Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: Product Reviews
Topic: Gerbing's Microwire T5 Heated Gloves
Replies: 12
Views: 5094

Re: Gerbing's Microwire T5 Heated Gloves

Personally, I think heated gloves are a better option than heated grips. In my case, heated grips cause the palms and front of my fingers to get very hot, while the backs of my hands, knuckles, etc., freeze. It's a very uncomfortable (and even painful) sensation. The Gerbing gloves look fantastic, b...
by Mh434
Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Odd carb issue... Slides flutter Video included
Replies: 17
Views: 478

Re: Odd carb issue... Slides flutter Video included

To be honest, I've never seen CV-type carbs where the slides didn't flutter!! They can make a fair bit of noise doing it, too, although this is usually damped out by the air cleaner circuit etc. The carb slides in my Concours fluttered a lot more than that, and it ran beautifully. As the carb slides...
by Mh434
Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: GPS Wiring solution
Replies: 5
Views: 306

Re: GPS Wiring solution

I discovered (the hard way) that some GPS units draw a surprising amount of power. My older GPS unit draws over 1 amp when the display is on, not including charging the battery. That's a fair bit, and if the same circuit is shared with other accessories that also draw some power, there may not be en...
by Mh434
Sun Oct 29, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: New to me GL1500SE, so much good info here!
Replies: 37
Views: 1013

Re: New to me GL1500SE, so much good info here!

It's coming along great! In my experience, very few GW owners leave their bikes "as purchased", but rather view them as a blank canvas, on which to paint their version of the perfect Wing. You're well on your way to that goal! By the way - as to the color of your bike, you were very lucky indeed to ...
by Mh434
Sat Oct 21, 2017 12:48 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Helmet Speakers
Replies: 4
Views: 210

Re: Helmet Speakers

J&M also sell low-profile speakers, which are what I needed (I had the same issue). They're about 1/2 the thickness of their standard speakers. It may also be possible to cut away some of the styrofoam between the speakers & the fiberglass helmet shell, to make the speaker pockets a bit deeper & giv...
by Mh434
Sat Oct 21, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Bike will not start
Replies: 16
Views: 498

Re: Bike will not start

Personally, I'd try connecting another battery - mine did exactly the same thing when my Odyssey battery died. It spun the engine over nicely, but there wasn't enough left to fire the plugs.
by Mh434
Sat Oct 21, 2017 12:11 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Another Newb question
Replies: 5
Views: 171

Re: Another Newb question

While it is nice to have hardcopy manuals on hand for reference, in the interim you will find a rich volume of extraordinarily useful "how to" articles on this forum regarding GL1500 maintenance items, both big and small. In many cases, the detail, photos, and step-by-step instructions are more comp...
by Mh434
Thu Oct 19, 2017 2:00 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Junkyard wing
Replies: 2
Views: 233

Re: Junkyard wing

Those pictures are heartbreaking ...