Painting Scrappy and motor question?

Technical information and Q&A applicable to all years and models of Goldwings
  • Sponsored Links
Post Reply
Posts: 46
Joined: Fri May 23, 2014 6:55 pm
Location: Rural Retreat,Va
Motorcycle: 1986 GL1200I

Painting Scrappy and motor question?

Post by nlovern » Thu Apr 02, 2015 3:17 am

Hi everyone,
Nathan here. starting to paint frame and other parts and the motor and had a question. I wont be using scrappy a lot only on dry days, can I run the motor without the timing covers and the heat shield behind each pulley ? Im going to paint the pulleys body color to.
Whats the best cheapest place to get timing belts? Money is always a thing with me. I wish I had lots to put into Scrappy. Hope to get frame,back wheel and motor painted this weekend.
The Easter possum will be here on sunday.
Nathan Lovern,Va

User avatar
Posts: 918
Joined: Sat Jul 05, 2014 11:53 am
Location: Courtland, Va.
Motorcycle: 1984 GL1200 Interstate
1981 GL1100 Interstate

Re: Painting Scrappy and motor question?

Post by HawkeyeGL1200 » Thu Apr 02, 2015 6:37 am

I would NOT run the engine without timing belt covers on it, unless it were to complete it (for some reason) before taking it out of the garage. It would be possible for any kind of debris.. tiny stones, sand, gravel, sticks, birds, bugs... to get between the pulley(s) and the belts which would be really bad... It would be my luck that I'd get my hand caught up in the belts somehow and it would end my riding days..

So far, the best deal on Gates brand belts I've found has been at
Double check me... I'm showing the part number for GL1100 Timing Belt as a Gates Part # T274. RockAuto has them for $12.40 each (need two). That's where I've been buying my parts when they have them. Your local Auto Parts store may have them as well.
I am wrong as often as I am right concerning what is wrong with someone else' motorcycle without having seen the machine in person. Guessing with limited information, as to the source of the trouble, is sketchy at best.

User avatar
Posts: 3369
Joined: Thu Apr 08, 2010 8:35 am
Location: Oklahoma City
Motorcycle: 1976 gl1000
1993 gl1500
2004 NRX1800 Rune

Re: Painting Scrappy and motor question?

Post by dingdong » Thu Apr 02, 2015 6:54 am

I agree with Hawkeye. I wouldn't run without the covers. That said you are going to get replies from folks who do run without them and have had no issues. You have to decide for yourself if the risk is worth it.


A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

User avatar
Posts: 647
Joined: Wed Sep 24, 2014 5:56 pm
Location: Oregon
Motorcycle: 2013 F6B

Re: Painting Scrappy and motor question?

Post by CMReynolds1 » Thu Apr 02, 2015 8:55 am

I am in agreement with the others. Think what you can lose. If something was to get caught in the belt and cause it to either come off or just jump a tooth or two, there goes your motor! To me it is not worth the risk. But as the other gentleman said, it is your call.
Take care.

Ride Safe,

TF 116, RivRon 512, Can Tho, S. Vietnam, 8/66-/9/68, GM(G)2

Post Reply