Information and questions on GL1100 Goldwings (1980-1983)
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- Motorcycle: 1979 gl1000
Can't get my 1983 GL1100 to start. I had the engine apart on this bike a year ago and put in a used crank and timing chain and it ran fine for a month ago before I parked it while I courted my new sweetheart. I also used plastigage to check the tolerances on the crank bearings. Now after a year with no use I can't get the starter to start the engine. Tried 3 used starters from other bikes I'm fairly sure are good - same problem - turns over fast for a minute or so with sparkplugs out but only turns over one cylinder and no more with the sparkplugs in. I tried a new starter from dbelectric.com, my 4th starter - same problem. I can turn the engine over easy using a socket wrench on the back of the engine. I have used a car battery, my new boat battery, and the batterty that is in the bike - same problems. I clippped my 2 month old, freshly charged, deep cycle boat battery to the starter, negative cable to the starter long bolts that hold the 2 ends of the starter together and positive to the positive bolt on the starter - same problem. Headlights work OK now. Nothing sprayed out when engine turned over without plugs in. I took the bike to a friend who has been working on old Goldwings for years and knows Goldwings inside and out aand he is stumped. I could try towing the bike to get it started but I'm a little spooked by that. I wonder if there is a rental machine I could use to put under the rear wheel and spin it to start the bike. It's spooky - Need HELP!
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Not sure if this is possible......if the spark plugs have a longer base than original, could they be hitting the top of the piston?
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Check the compression on one cylinder.Expect 135-175 psi.If it's real high,thats the drag on the starter.
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