1979 Gold Wing Purchase-Questions-Info


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1979 Gold Wing Purchase-Questions-Info

Postby omw41 » Sun May 16, 2010 9:27 pm



Just purchased a 1979 Gold Wing 1000. The bike has 40,000 on it. I rode it home 200 miles and had no issues. The only minor problem I noticed on my ride home was that the lights on the speedo, tach, and tank gauges seemed a little dim. I also noticed the volt meter on the tank seemed to be on the low side about an hour into the ride. That could be normal for a ride this age, right? If not, any ideas?

I am going to do the basics. Plugs, air filter, oil and oil filter. What plugs should I use? How much should I expect to spend for the oil filter and air filter? Looks like I will have to either go to a Honda dealer or buy online right? I mean, Wal-Mart or Auto Zone doesn't carry that stuff right?

What is the best repair manual for me to buy?

Last, what do you experts suggest I look into and check? I thought about taking it to a dealer and having them do a once over, but that scares me. lol

Thanks and great site here!



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Re: 1979 Gold Wing Purchase-Questions-Info

Postby WingAdmin » Mon May 17, 2010 12:37 am

The only repair manual worth anything is the original Honda service manual.

Is your bike charging correctly? If things are dimming down as you go, it's possible it's not charging, and you've been running off the battery.

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Re: 1979 Gold Wing Purchase-Questions-Info

Postby omw41 » Mon May 17, 2010 10:11 am

OK. I discovered the DIY for the 11000 section and you stated that the process was the same for the most part with an 1000. I'l dive into the bike over the next couple of weeks and check it out.

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Re: 1979 Gold Wing Purchase-Questions-Info

Postby RBGERSON » Tue May 25, 2010 3:58 pm

Change youir timing belts ASAP if you are sure when they were changed last..if one breaks..big$$$$
HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

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Re: 1979 Gold Wing Purchase-Questions-Info

Postby omw41 » Tue May 25, 2010 7:06 pm

Yeah, I know. I am panicking about it. I need tires front and back too. I might do the tires first. I am only riding it like an hour every couple of days, just to keep it running. Thanks for the advice.

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Re: 1979 Gold Wing Purchase-Questions-Info

Postby omw41 » Tue May 25, 2010 7:08 pm

I do npt feel confident enpugh to do it myself. I know there are manuals and DIY instructions for it, but I am working outside with no garage. How much do youy think someone will charge me to do the belts, parts and labor?

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Re: 1979 Gold Wing Purchase-Questions-Info

Postby TKM » Thu May 27, 2010 5:34 am

Good day
you said it was on the low side --how low ?
it is always wise to check your yellow wires for correct contact , a lot of folks have taken the plugs out and wired direct with solder and shrink tubes
the belts are very high priority , check and see if there are any members in your area , who would help--to get it done by a pro can be costly especially if it has a full fairing
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Re: 1979 Gold Wing Purchase-Questions-Info

Postby clarkekw » Wed Jun 02, 2010 10:09 am

I sugest getting the basic repair manual sold through Goldwings.com. I own a used GL1000 I bought last year with 26,000 original miles and replaced the clutch myself. It's a lot of work, but well worth it.
I discovered many 'Wires to nowhere' that were not terminated correctly and were draining my electrical system. I also suggest getting an OHM/VOLT meter, use it to check the input of your gauges and other electrical components. It could just be as simple as a dirty connection or a bad battery.
Mine has the full Vetter fairing with a (badly wired) AM/FM CD player and my wife and I really enjoy long rides, now that I fixed the wiring. I hope you get many miles out of it, but be wary an older model is costly to repair. If you keep up the maintenance it should last a lot of years.
Oh, one thing their manual doesn't tell you, these older bikes vibrate a little more than the new ones and I check as many of the bolt and wire connections every 500 miles or so. It only takes a little while and will save hundreds of dollars so enjoy!

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Re: 1979 Gold Wing Purchase-Questions-Info

Postby ebanjo » Wed Jun 02, 2010 6:23 pm

I bought a running 79 in Dec. 08 I have always worked on my own cars/trucks. never worked on a motorcycle before. I had a Honda 350 back in the 70's but never had to do anything to it.

At the time there were manuals online. with the manual and the goldwing sites the timing belts were really not that difficult.
I wanted to change the hoses, thermostat, fan switch ( hard wired ) and have the radiator checked. so all that was off the bike before I did the timing belts.

I also had a gravel driveway to work on. I now have a makeshift shelter with railroad ties for the floor, level so I can now get the bike on the center stand. Love the 1000, good luck with yours.

PS check the battery condition / connections, both ends of the ground cable and the two pin connector on the right side of the battery, It tends to melt.
all my instrument bulbs were silvered over, new bulbs helped. the manual will tell you how to test the stator (charging system)


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