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BigSwede
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My weekend

Postby BigSwede » Mon Jan 30, 2012 11:25 pm



Spent Saturday & 1/2 Sunday working on my 83 GL1100 Interstate which I purchased back in december with 52,000 miles on it. Used to have a 76 GL1000 but sold it about 15 tears ago when my kids were small. Feels GREAT to be back on 2 wheels!

I replaced the timing belts, looks like they were the originals (Honda belts) they were super loose, they had about one inch of slack! Adjusted the valves, pulled the radiator & replaced the hoses, thermostat & cap. Then it was time to tackle the right side marker light in the fairing which didn't work but the bulb was OK, turned out there was a bent contact in the main fairing connector, wasn't, going into it's slot. Installed a set of 35 watt driving lights from O'Reilly auto, a huge improvement in lighting!

So finally got it out for a real ride Sunday afternoon (just been commuting & working on it so far :? ) did a 60 mile ride in the hills north and east of San Jose, CA, the bike ran great, it was wonderful to be out on the twisties again after so long!

So the only bad news is that when I pulled the valve covers, the insides were coated with the milkshake looking goop that means water in the oil. :o Worse on the right side than the left for some reason. Looks like it may be time for new head gaskets.

Then riding to work this morning I noticed I had the sticking brake pedal problem. Disconnected the clevis, gave it a good shot of PB blaster & worked it back & forth and it's free now, when i get time I'll remove it completly & do it right... looks like it would be easier to get at with the bike upside down! :mrgreen:





Current:
83 GL1100 Interstate
Past:
76 GL1000
74 Honda CB350
86 Honda Elite 250
85 Yamaha Riva 175
82 Yamaha Seca 650
76 Yamaha RD400

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littlebeaver
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Re: My weekend

Postby littlebeaver » Tue Jan 31, 2012 8:25 am

I have learned that the longer you ride and the more time you spend with the bike the more attached you get... it's good that all these little things are happening so you can get them fixed and not have to deal with it on a long trip... :D

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Re: My weekend

Postby dingdong » Tue Jan 31, 2012 9:04 am

Unless I have misread your post you are still riding the bike. Not a good thing if you have coolant mixing with the oil. Quick way to ruin an engine.
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WingAdmin
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Re: My weekend

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Jan 31, 2012 12:19 pm

Also check the water pump - that's a common cause of coolant/oil contamination.

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Re: My weekend

Postby thrasherg » Tue Jan 31, 2012 12:24 pm

Before tearing the engine apart, are you doing lots of short trips on the bike? If the engine is only run for a short time (less than 10 miles) it never really gets hot and you can get a lot of condensation inside the crankcases that then causes the white mayonnaise that you describe.. It could well be that you have a failed head gasket or water pump, but before going down those expensive paths, lets first see if it isn't your driving style causing the problems.. I would change out the oil, then ride a couple of longish rides (more than 40 miles) and see if you still have a problem with oil in the water, also keep a close eye on the water level in your cooling system as that will also give some indication if its the coolant leaking into the engine.

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