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jazzrider
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Timing belt

Postby jazzrider » Wed Jan 04, 2012 11:44 pm



Ok, I know the manual on a 97 GL1500 suggest changing the timing belt at 50K, I have talked to a couple mechanics and parts suppliers, Anyone had a belt break or is there any warning signs leading up to a belt problem?



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Re: Timing belt

Postby trike lady » Wed Jan 04, 2012 11:58 pm

I have a 1993 GL1500A and the timing belts were changed 3 years ago.
If a belt breaks, it usually doesn't give a warning. I just kept hearing a ticking sound on the left side of the engine and the belt had starter to separate.
I would suggest changing them they're 14 years old. Not good if the belt breaks, these are interference engines. Ouch! :o
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Re: Timing belt

Postby dingdong » Thu Jan 05, 2012 9:24 am

I have had a belt break on my 76. There was no warning what so ever. I also did the proverbial "inspection" and they "looked like new". Change them as soon as possible, if you have no service records.
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Re: Timing belt

Postby thrasherg » Thu Jan 05, 2012 12:56 pm

Belts are affected by age and mileage. if you don't know the age of the belts (Regardless of the mileage), change them as soon as possible, if they break you end up with a BIG repair bill.

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Re: Timing belt

Postby tandem54 » Fri Jan 06, 2012 12:07 am

I've had my GL1500 6 years and decided to change mine for piece of mind, I don't know how old they are, and there not that expensive.
Will be changing them tomorrow, wish me luck! I do all my own stuff so it shouldn't be that bad right!?
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Re: Timing belt

Postby thrasherg » Fri Jan 06, 2012 7:54 pm

Well as you already live in surprise, Arizona, I hope you don't have any nasty surprises when changing the belts!! It's a fairly simple job, just a bit long winded.. Take your time and you will be fine.

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