1975 gl1000 will not start


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1975 gl1000 will not start

Postby Bwestpz » Sat Oct 20, 2012 11:38 am



I just bought a 1975 gl1000 that had been sitting for at least 5 years. So the first thing I did was take off the gas tank, cleaned out all the rust and grime. Replaced the fuel filters and fuel hoses. Replaced the battery. I am getting spark. And Im sure it's getting fuel also. I do see gas running threw the fuel filters. It's sounds healthy when I turn it over. Although there is no sign of it almost starting. Just turns. Any ideas why it won't run. I'm thinking a carb rebuild. I'd like to see the bike at least want to start before I take the carbs off.



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Re: 1975 gl1000 will not start

Postby El Taco » Sat Oct 20, 2012 12:30 pm

I'd go ahead and pull the cam covers. You can check the alignment of the timing set, as well as the condition of your belts. You should include them in your parts list before you put any serious miles on it. Otherwise, check spark at the plugs, and try to start it on carb cleaner. Pull your bowl drains and make sure you've got clean fuel coming through, but after sitting that long, I'd expect to have to clean up the carbs.

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Re: 1975 gl1000 will not start

Postby Bwestpz » Sat Oct 20, 2012 1:04 pm

Ok will try starting it with carb cleaner first. Where do I inject carb cleaner at on the carbs? I'm not seeing a spot to shoot the cleaner in into. I already pulled the plug to check for spark. N once I figure out where I should shoot the carb cleaner. After that I will check the bowls to see if the gas is clean. It should be though cause I did replace fuel filters and cleaned out the gas tank.

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Re: 1975 gl1000 will not start

Postby portugeezer » Sat Oct 20, 2012 6:12 pm

You will probably at least have to remove the carbs. Clean the jets and reset the float levels. I would bet it starts if you do that. I just got a 1983 Aspencade going. It too sat for 5 years. Those tiny holes on the jets get filled with crud. Don't count on any magic cure in a bottle when the bike has sat that long. You just have to bite the bullet and do it!

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Re: 1975 gl1000 will not start

Postby Bwestpz » Sat Oct 20, 2012 6:55 pm

Sounds like a plan. Gonna start removing the carbs right now. :)

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Re: 1975 gl1000 will not start

Postby portugeezer » Sat Oct 20, 2012 7:15 pm

Before you set the floats the seat comes out for cleaning. You set the floats with no pressure on them. Have the tang just touch the plunger on the needle seat without pushing on it. I had mine out three times before I got that right. Just trying to save you the trouble. Make sure the tiny holes on the jets are all clear and make sure you can squirt carb cleaner all the way through them. If you do all that the bike should start as long as you have spark and the starter turns the engine. Also make sure the O rings on the intakes are still good.

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Re: 1975 gl1000 will not start

Postby Bwestpz » Sat Oct 20, 2012 7:55 pm

Got them off. Took off a float bowl and the gas inside was green. Gonna take the carbs in to get rebuilt. Hopefully she fires up after that.

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Re: 1975 gl1000 will not start

Postby dingdong » Sun Oct 21, 2012 8:50 am

Oh my! I see you back here next month asking why the bike still doesn't run. If you aren't going to do the rebuild yourself I would be very sure that whoever you find to do the rebuild is very knowledgeable of Gl1000 carbs. There are very few people who are. I can't emphasize this enough. They can do more harm than good and they are going to charge you 4 or 5 hundred dollars for the rebuild. Check their credentials. Ask them how many sets they have done in the past. Ask what their warranty consists of. In the meantime go to this site and read every word about gl1000 carbs. This guy is one of the best with old wings.

http://www.randakks.com/TechTips.htm
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Re: 1975 gl1000 will not start

Postby Bwestpz » Sun Oct 21, 2012 10:28 am

Not seeing which guy ur talking about in the link u provided. Trust me I have done my research. I am aware of the guy I think ur talking about that lives here in Phoenix his name is Stu. I left him a voice mail already and waiting for response. Also found another person who apparently specializes in gl1000 carb rebuilds. I will take ur advice and make sure he has good credentials. I'd rather have someone who knows what they are doing rebuild them of course. I don't want to do it myself cause I'm sure I'd have to take them off again and again. I'll pay the piper to have them done right. I only paid $900 for the bike so if it is $400 to rebuild them oh well. At least I'd have peace of mind. Eliminated stress and heartache to me is priceless.

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Re: 1975 gl1000 will not start

Postby dingdong » Sun Oct 21, 2012 11:28 am

Sorry, I wasn't pointing a finger at anyone in particular. Just providing a link to the site for informational purposes so you would more educated in the workings of these carbs when you took them in for rebuild. I see you have given this some thought. That eases my mind. I have seen a lot of new to them Gl owners get screwed by so called "carb specialists". Just didn't want it to happen to you. Good luck and let us know how it goes.

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Re: 1975 gl1000 will not start

Postby Bwestpz » Sun Oct 21, 2012 11:48 am

I will and i absolutely appreciate the feedback. Im glad to be apart of the old wing community. This is a very helpful website. Thank you all!!

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Re: 1975 gl1000 will not start

Postby El Taco » Sun Oct 21, 2012 9:42 pm

When you start one on carb cleaner, you pull the air filter cover and spray it down the intake through there. Of course, it's only going to run for as long as it takes to burn off what you put in.

Honestly, I'd have drained the tank, put fresh gas in it, opened the drains until clean fuel ran, and started it on a shot of carb cleaner before I paid anything close to $900 for one. For that, I'd expect it to keep running after that, maybe with a little choke, even if it ran terribly.

I've also had the chance to get pretty intimate with mine, and know now that the tank has a drain plug.

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Re: 1975 gl1000 will not start

Postby Bwestpz » Wed Oct 24, 2012 9:32 pm

So I decided for now that I'd clean out the carbs. Had it running for a sec and as soon as I gave it gas it shut off. Any ideas of why that is happening?

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Re: 1975 gl1000 will not start

Postby Bwestpz » Thu Oct 25, 2012 10:18 am

So I decided for now that I'd clean out the carbs. Had it running for a sec and as soon as I gave it gas it shut off and couldn't get it running again. Any ideas of why that is happening?

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Re: 1975 gl1000 will not start

Postby Fred Camper » Thu Oct 25, 2012 5:13 pm

Maybe the slides tried to rise and got stuck. Hard to say without witnessing it, at least for me.




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