Best GL1800 Maintenance DVD


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Best GL1800 Maintenance DVD

Postby W3JNP » Fri Jun 12, 2015 8:03 pm



I've owned an 84 Interstate, 94 GL1500 and just now an 04 GL1800. I've been shopping for the "best" set of maintenance DVD's for the 1800. I've found sets for sale from Cruiserman, Fred Harmon and Stu Oltman of Wing World magazine.

I've seen some of Cruiserman's videos on YouTube and they look good. I can't find samples of the others.

My question is who makes the best set? I'm not concerned about the cost as whichever ones I buy they will more than pay for themselves over time.

Your opinions please....


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Re: Best GL1800 Maintenance DVD

Postby redial » Fri Jun 12, 2015 8:56 pm

Over the years I have found Stu Oltman to be knowledgeable, but conservative. He is more likely to say most things according to the "party line". I am unable to comment on the others.
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Re: Best GL1800 Maintenance DVD

Postby trike lady » Fri Jun 12, 2015 9:33 pm

Here's where you can find out more about Stu's Goldwing videos: http://www.illustratedpowersports.com/g ... cedvd.aspx
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Re: Best GL1800 Maintenance DVD

Postby CMReynolds1 » Fri Jun 12, 2015 10:47 pm

I bought the CruiseMan's Videos and also the Clymer GL1800 2001-2010. The Clymer has all the electronics in color on a DVD that comes with the book. I also have the factory manual. The Clymer is cheaper and maybe a little easier to understand. Hope that helps some. Besides the DVD for all the schematics is kind of cool!
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Re: Best GL1800 Maintenance DVD

Postby maintainer » Sat Jun 13, 2015 7:29 am

Not the only place to buy but this Fred Harmon series is the most sought after and thorough:

http://wingstuff.com/products/33308-fre ... 014-gl1800
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Re: Best GL1800 Maintenance DVD

Postby CMReynolds1 » Sat Jun 13, 2015 7:53 am

I think the consensus is there are many, many good ones out there!
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Re: Best GL1800 Maintenance DVD

Postby Ghostman » Sat Jun 13, 2015 9:47 am

http://www.angelridevideos.com/gl1800.html
If you want to order Freds videos direct. I found freds videos cover almost all you need to service your 1800 correctly. But you also should have a factory manual if you plan on doing all maintenance also. The videos are great but a manual is still needed. On Stu Oltmans video,he had an interesting say about the 1800 video in his workbench in Wingworld. Supposedly the company when they did the videos did the 1500 and the 1800 with the 1500 being the gold standard like Freds videos. Supposedly the 1800 video is not as good as the 1500 video. And in between all of this there was some royalty issues and such and the company removing Stu's name off of the video's ,so I dont think that companies 1800 video is recommended.

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Re: Best GL1800 Maintenance DVD

Postby themainviking » Sun Jun 14, 2015 6:49 am

Stu Oltman just wrote, in WingWorld mag, that he had never been paid a cent in royalties for doing the DVD for whoever is producing it. If this means anything to anyone, then you probably should not purchase this one. Fred Harmon's is probably the most extensive and the most expensive. I have it, and it is probably the most complete of any sets, although I am not familiar with Cruiseman's.
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Re: Best GL1800 Maintenance DVD

Postby CMReynolds1 » Sun Jun 14, 2015 8:23 am

I agree with mainviking on the not purchasing that one since there was no royalty monies.
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Re: Best GL1800 Maintenance DVD

Postby W3JNP » Sun Jun 14, 2015 8:45 am

Thanks for all the feedback! I did see Stu's comments in his Wing World maintenance column. At the moment I am leaning toward Fred's 20 disk set.


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