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Barry Barker
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new timing belts

Post by Barry Barker » Thu Jul 12, 2012 5:33 pm

I am new to this forum and the Gold Wing. My buddy wants me to restore his 75 GL1000 so to speak. We are pretty sure the timing belt broke during idle about 7 years ago. Where is the best place to buy a belt thats not 20 years old?

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Re: new timing belts

Post by cbx4evr » Thu Jul 12, 2012 6:33 pm

You can use any of these:

Gates #T274

NAPA #250274

Goodyear Gatorback #40274 (available at AutoZone and others)

Don't buy any belts or anything for that matter from Saber Cycle.
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Re: new timing belts

Post by dingdong » Sat Jul 14, 2012 8:23 am

What he said.
If you have broken a timing belt you WILL have valve and perhaps piston damage. Be prepared to pull the head.

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Re: new timing belts

Post by thrasherg » Mon Jul 16, 2012 11:10 am

As stated, the Goldwing is an interference engine, so if the timing belt broke or lost teeth, the valves and pistons are likely to have contacted, causing a bent valve.
Verify if the belt has broken or lost teeth and if it has, I would recommend removing both heads to check for valve damage. If the engine was just idling as you state, it is unlikely the pistons will be damaged, but the valve head will probably be bent. You will need to drop the bent valves, fit new ones and then refit the heads and a new timing belt. It is not a difficult job, but it takes a while and you will need additional gaskets (Head gaskets, etc). As mentioned, avoid ordering any parts from Saber cycles!!
Best of luck and let us know what you find..


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