Cleaning Gauges - '78 GL1000


Information and questions on GL1000 Goldwings (1975-1979)
  • Sponsored Links
User avatar
KenoshaGoldwing
Posts: 22
Joined: Wed May 14, 2014 8:49 pm
Location: Kenosha, Wisconsin
Motorcycle: 1978 GL 1000

Cleaning Gauges - '78 GL1000

Postby KenoshaGoldwing » Mon May 19, 2014 7:30 pm



Is there a way to clean the gauges on this bike? Where the actual information is conveyed is clear, but the words have turned a dark brown/red. I pulled the cluster out, but they seem to be completely sealed. Any thoughts?


Never mistake Movement for Progress...

User avatar
Placerville
Posts: 423
Joined: Tue Mar 09, 2010 12:58 pm
Location: Placerville, CA
Motorcycle: 1976 Naked Yellow

Re: Cleaning Gauges - '78 GL1000

Postby Placerville » Mon May 19, 2014 8:05 pm

KenoshaGoldwing wrote:Is there a way to clean the gauges on this bike? Where the actual information is conveyed is clear, but the words have turned a dark brown/red. I pulled the cluster out, but they seem to be completely sealed. Any thoughts?

I'm not sure what you mean by, "Where the actual information conveyed is clear, but the words have turned a dark brown/red." If you're saying that the gauge faces i.e. the speedo and tach faces, are in poor condition and you want to clean them, the answer is, that's not the problem. Cleaning the gauge faces won't work. They don't get dirty, they get old and distorted and they need to be replaced. To do that, the top and bottom sections of the gauges have to be separated and that's not easy to do. You first have to remove the ring by either cutting it or prying it up from the bottom all the way around. After the gauges are apart, you have to install new faces. If you think you want to attempt this, re-post and I'll direct you to some sources. But, if you want to leave it up to someone who's an expert at it, I'd go here.
Placerville- 1976 Yellow
Image

User avatar
KenoshaGoldwing
Posts: 22
Joined: Wed May 14, 2014 8:49 pm
Location: Kenosha, Wisconsin
Motorcycle: 1978 GL 1000

Re: Cleaning Gauges - '78 GL1000

Postby KenoshaGoldwing » Mon May 19, 2014 8:19 pm

Sorry about that - I meant the lower gauge cluster - fuel, temp and voltage. 1000 pardons.
Never mistake Movement for Progress...

User avatar
Placerville
Posts: 423
Joined: Tue Mar 09, 2010 12:58 pm
Location: Placerville, CA
Motorcycle: 1976 Naked Yellow

Re: Cleaning Gauges - '78 GL1000

Postby Placerville » Mon May 19, 2014 8:24 pm

OK, gotcha. I'm going to defer to a '78 owner on this one as I have no experience with the fuel, temp and voltage gauges on that year GL. If no one comes back with something definitive, I'd still contact Pistol Pete at the link above.
Placerville- 1976 Yellow
Image

User avatar
KenoshaGoldwing
Posts: 22
Joined: Wed May 14, 2014 8:49 pm
Location: Kenosha, Wisconsin
Motorcycle: 1978 GL 1000

Re: Cleaning Gauges - '78 GL1000

Postby KenoshaGoldwing » Mon May 19, 2014 8:37 pm

Thanks much. I am going to let it ride, as I have never ceased to be amazed at the knowledge on this forum. Guaranteed someone out there has perfected this, or knows of someone who has.
Never mistake Movement for Progress...

User avatar
KenoshaGoldwing
Posts: 22
Joined: Wed May 14, 2014 8:49 pm
Location: Kenosha, Wisconsin
Motorcycle: 1978 GL 1000

Re: Cleaning Gauges - '78 GL1000

Postby KenoshaGoldwing » Wed May 21, 2014 8:37 pm

Any other thoughts? I pulled the gauges and it seems that they are sealed tight. Might not be a solution to this.
Never mistake Movement for Progress...

User avatar
WingAdmin
Site Admin
Posts: 17050
Joined: Fri Oct 03, 2008 4:16 pm
Location: Strongsville, OH
Motorcycle: 2000 GL1500 SE
1982 GL1100A Aspencade (sold)
1989 PC800 (wife's!)
1998 XV250 Virago (sold)
2007 Aspen Sentry Trailer

Re: Cleaning Gauges - '78 GL1000

Postby WingAdmin » Thu May 22, 2014 9:34 am

What I will sometimes do in a situation like that, where I have something that needs to be fixed, but I'm not sure I can fix it is, first buy another set online. Then I will do what I think will work to fix my original set. If it all goes wrong, I've still got an additional set to install and use - if it works great, I'll re-sell the back up set that I purchased. :)

In your case, I might try a dremel or other type of cutting tool to try to break up whatever adhesive bond is holding the things together, then after repairing/refinishing the interiors, try to glue/bond it back together.

Or...just get another set online and swap them outright.




Return to “GL1000 Information & Questions”




Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest