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Timing Belts

Postby Keef » Thu Jan 03, 2013 5:33 pm



Hello and Happy new year to all.
OK all I've heard is when u get a new Gold wing, or new to u I should say. You should change the timing belts. Just how long are they supposed to last? I have heard 100,000 miles, is this true?
When should they be examined, or looked at? Is there any one out there that has heard about some one buying a Wing and the belts have broke on them?
I know what happens if they or one breaks. I am just reluctant to go though all that work, if I don't really have to.
I recently bought a 1997 GL 1500 aspencade with 53,250 miles on it. I put over a 1000 miles on it in 2 months. It all seems good.
I would appreciate all input and advice from every one out there.

Thanks, Keef :?:



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Re: Timing Belts

Postby Fatwing Chris » Thu Jan 03, 2013 5:44 pm

I think the general rule of thumb is 8 years or 80k,but saying all that if you don't have history on the bike there is only one way to be sure.The good news is that the 1500 is the easiest model to do belts on.If you are going in far enough to check them then you might as well go ahead and change them out.I've never seen any that really looked that bad anyway even though they were due or overdue to be done.
If I'da known it would last this long,I'da taken better care of it.
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Re: Timing Belts

Postby RoadRogue » Thu Jan 03, 2013 6:27 pm

You have a 97 with only 52,000 miles. thats only 3500 miles per year. I would be willing to bet the bike has been sitting alot more than it has been ridden. In this case its not the mileage but the age I would be worried about. An old belt that is about to break looks just like a a belt that has 1000 miles on it. Belts are cheap to replace and easy to do, theres a good how to on this around here somewhere. You can even do it with the limited tools in the bikes tool kit.

If you dont know when the belts were changed last then it is time to do them now. 8-)
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Re: Timing Belts

Postby wjnfirearms » Thu Jan 03, 2013 9:22 pm

The guys have a point here. I just swapped out the belts on my '77 GL 1000 that I'm refurbing. To the untrained eye, old belts don't look all that bad. What I saw when I removed mine and compared them to the new was the glaze from age and wear and the loss of flexibility. The belts get harder over time. There were no cracks or obvious damage anywhere on either of them.

Because the GL engines are mainly interference engines, the timing belts become a more necessary maintenance item. I had no idea how old mine were and I suspect that they had many more miles on them than yours do. Still, it's good advice you're getting to swap them out now rather than later.

It comes down to what the old Fram commercials used to say, "Pay me now or pay me later".
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Re: Timing Belts

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Jan 03, 2013 11:27 pm

Keef wrote:Hello and Happy new year to all.
OK all I've heard is when u get a new Gold wing, or new to u I should say. You should change the timing belts. Just how long are they supposed to last? I have heard 100,000 miles, is this true?
When should they be examined, or looked at? Is there any one out there that has heard about some one buying a Wing and the belts have broke on them?
I know what happens if they or one breaks. I am just reluctant to go though all that work, if I don't really have to.
I recently bought a 1997 GL 1500 aspencade with 53,250 miles on it. I put over a 1000 miles on it in 2 months. It all seems good.
I would appreciate all input and advice from every one out there.

Thanks, Keef :?:


Have a read through the top of this article: How to remove and replace your timing belts

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Re: Timing Belts

Postby littlebeaver » Fri Jan 04, 2013 12:19 am

The advice I would give you is to at least remove the timing belt covers, perhaps the date will be in the inner cover, it's normal practice to write the date the belts were changed last, this might give you a better idea...I personally would not chance running it to long without knowing something, but that's me because I'm a big chicken..

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Re: Timing Belts

Postby seeberluca » Fri Jan 04, 2013 1:14 am

when I got my gl the first thing I was looking for was how and when replace the timing belts.
Now everything is ready just waiting to go to the mech :
I went to the mechanic to make an appointment and he told me that for honda the belts should be changed every 160.000 km without expiration time. there is only to check the belts status every 15.000 km.
in my user manual is reported like this as well

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Re: Timing Belts

Postby littlebeaver » Fri Jan 04, 2013 2:02 am

Keef, I wonder if those belts are the original belts or not....If they are they are like 16 years old... :shock:

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Re: Timing Belts

Postby Keef » Fri Jan 04, 2013 9:36 am

Thank u al for the info and input. I will at least look at them and maybe some one did put a date in there. If not
I will change them.
Littlebeaver u r right, didn't think about them being 16 years old.

Thanks every one...........Keef

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Re: Timing Belts

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Jan 04, 2013 11:13 pm

seeberluca wrote:when I got my gl the first thing I was looking for was how and when replace the timing belts.
Now everything is ready just waiting to go to the mech :
I went to the mechanic to make an appointment and he told me that for honda the belts should be changed every 160.000 km without expiration time. there is only to check the belts status every 15.000 km.
in my user manual is reported like this as well


Hmm...I might be going to find another mechanic. He obviously can read the manual very well, but it's well known that belts definitely have an expiration time - and I would be EXTREMELY nervous riding a bike with 100,000 miles on the belts.

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Re: Timing Belts

Postby seeberluca » Sat Jan 05, 2013 1:23 am

I told him to chenge the bolts anyway and the gl has 65.000 km

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Re: Timing Belts

Postby Ronmar33 » Sat Jan 05, 2013 3:52 pm

Hey I bought a 1992 1500 I . Only had 26000 miles on it, and was told all orignal. I c hanged belts myself, only about an hour, but I Take your pick sounds like your lucky. check manuals will tell you. Honda is never really wrong on their recomendations. Luck and Happy new year.figured the age and took no chances, better new belts then a new engine.

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Re: Timing Belts

Postby Sidcar » Sun Jan 06, 2013 3:56 am

When I bought my Wing, because it had stood I changed the belts before I started the engine.
If in doubt change them, the cost is nothing to the damage a broken one will cause.

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Re: Timing Belts

Postby Keef » Sun Jan 06, 2013 7:55 pm

Thanks every one. Bought belts today. Will change them when it gets cold again. If it ever does. NC weather rain, rain,.. :!:




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