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out of bike engine test

Postby Paulwilliams » Wed Oct 29, 2014 12:23 pm



Does anyone know what I will need and how to go about testing the engine of my GL 1000. It's not in the bike I have been working on the engine and changed rings and some other things, and now I need to know how to test this engine, what is the bare minimum of the tools that I will need to test with. Please help



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Re: out of bike engine test

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Oct 29, 2014 12:39 pm

Paulwilliams wrote:Does anyone know what I will need and how to go about testing the engine of my GL 1000. It's not in the bike I have been working on the engine and changed rings and some other things, and now I need to know how to test this engine, what is the bare minimum of the tools that I will need to test with. Please help


It depends. What are you looking to test? Compression? Horsepower? Heat? We need a little more information.

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Re: out of bike engine test

Postby Paulwilliams » Wed Oct 29, 2014 1:51 pm

as I said in one of my last posts. I set this up in my husband's name, but it's me that he always has. Looking at these things. From what I can tell what he wants to do this even if now that he's got the engine all back together if it will turn over and start or is there some kind of testing he needs to do. He has tested the valve compression are ready. We did that when we split the engine and put in new rings. I was glad to see when somebody else that it took two people to get it back together because it took him and I both about two hours to do ithe asked me to find out what kind of tools are testing equipment. He would need. He also said something about hooking it up to our tractor and using that to turn the engine over is that possible? I will go out and asking more specifics

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Re: out of bike engine test

Postby Paulwilliams » Wed Oct 29, 2014 1:58 pm

I went out to speak to him. And yes what he wants to do is be able to start the engine and make sure it's running before we sell it on eBay. He loves working with these old engines and making them new again and it gives them something to do in his retirement

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Re: out of bike engine test

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Oct 29, 2014 2:03 pm

I would first turn it over by hand a few times to ensure that the internals are working correctly, that the timing is correct, and that the cam belts and valves are correct and not interfering with the movement of the pistons. Once you've done at least two full revolutions, make sure the engine water jacket is filled, and start it up. You can get away without a radiator for a few minutes (just plumb the output of the radiator to the input) but do not attempt to run the engine at all without water (coolant) in it. The cylinders will overheat and warp very, very quickly without coolant.

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Re: out of bike engine test

Postby Paulwilliams » Wed Oct 29, 2014 2:19 pm

okay, I went out and told him and he said yes he had done all of that. He asked me to tell you that he has the coil and the regulator and wonders if there's anything else, electrical, he needs to have. To start it

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Re: out of bike engine test

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Oct 29, 2014 3:41 pm

Paulwilliams wrote:okay, I went out and told him and he said yes he had done all of that. He asked me to tell you that he has the coil and the regulator and wonders if there's anything else, electrical, he needs to have. To start it


As long as there's a battery to power it, and the coils/plugs/ignition components, it should run, even with the regulator and/or stator disconnected.

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Re: out of bike engine test

Postby Paulwilliams » Wed Oct 29, 2014 4:15 pm

I told him what you said and he was very happy. I guess he's ready to start it up. I just want to thank you again for all your help. It's great to have somebody that I can ask questions. I wish that I can get him to use the computer as I think he would be a lot of help to other people. He's had motorcycles and worked on them for over 50 years and loves just to restore things as for me, I'm just happy if I can get my money out of it that he's put into it and not end up spending more than we can sell it for




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