83 Goldwing Interstate-----I just bought.

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83 Goldwing Interstate-----I just bought.

Post by dwight007fchr » Mon Nov 15, 2010 10:51 pm

Greetings to everyone. I am following in the footsteps of the guy (sorry, forgot his name) who just bought the 82 Goldwing Interstate. I picked my 83 up yesterday, and need to begin a detailed restoration before enjoying. This bike was sitting for about a year, and when I opened the gas lid, it was almost empty and smelled like varnish. The seller had actually had the bike running on this jam yesterday, and she sounded pretty good! Amazing Goldwings.....built to run on anything. So, I need to do a complete drain/flush/ etc. etc.

Someone suggested some stuff called SeaFoam......but I am hesitant to use a corrosive chemical in this nice engine. With 68,000 miles, do you think I should risk using this stuff? Or should I first just flush out the linseed oil, put new filters on, and try a tank of hi-test?

Thanks.....I will also take pics as I begin the restoration and share.

dwight in Va.

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Re: 83 Goldwing Interstate-----I just bought.

Post by WingAdmin » Tue Nov 16, 2010 11:26 am

Seafoam isn't corrosive, and it's been around for over 50 years...so it's pretty proven. :) Our bikes thrive on the stuff. The jets in the carbs are tiny, and easily clogged with gum and fuel deposits. The Seafoam will clean this stuff right out and make your engine run smoothly.

I'd drain whatever stuff is in there now, put a fresh fuel filter in, fill it with fresh gasoline, and a full can of Seafoam - let it clean out whatever has gotten in there.

Also...don't waste your money on high-octane fuel, our bikes run perfectly on regular gas.

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Re: 83 Goldwing Interstate-----I just bought.

Post by RBGERSON » Sat Dec 18, 2010 8:21 am

Take the fuel sensor out of the tank look inside with a flash light..if it's all rusty you might want to pull the tank and clean it out. Not a fun job but the tank will just keep sending stuff to screw up your carbs and the filter won't stop it. Cleaning your tank and rebuilding your carbs are two of the best things you can do to get a trouble free bike..and changing the timing belts..


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Re: 83 Goldwing Interstate-----I just bought.

Post by goldtr6c » Sat Dec 18, 2010 12:11 pm

If the gas smells like varnish, definately siphon or drain it out. Running on old gas is like putting sugar in the tank. It will gum up on the pistons, valves, cylinder walls etc.

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