removing valve springs on GL1000

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removing valve springs on GL1000

Post by pogo3033 » Wed Apr 02, 2014 12:12 pm

I purchased a 1978 GL1000 that has been sitting for many years, so long that the fellow I purchased it from can't remember how many years it has sat but he says "A long time". Anyway I stripped it down to the frame and started in on the engine, removed the heads and found one exhaust valve was stuck open so I decided to take a look at all of them. Well I purchased an OTC Universal Valve Spring removal tool through Amazon for $17.50, this turned out to be totally worthless so decided to make one myself, so what I did was the following:

Got a PVC 3/4" coupling and sawed a slot about 3/8" wide and 3/4" long in one side of the coupling, (the 3/4" coupling fits the top of the valve spring perfectly. Used a pipe clamp that I had on hand and put one end of the clamp on the coupling and valve spring and the other end on top of the valve and tightened the clamp, "wonderful" the valve spring can be fully compressed this way and then I used a magnet to get the valve stem retainers out, took me less than two minutes to remove the four springs and valves.

I don't guess I can put images on here so I put them on youtube at this URL:

so the slide show will show you exactly what to do and it's an easy job.

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Re: removing valve springs on GL1000

Post by WingAdmin » Wed Apr 02, 2014 12:30 pm

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