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Maintenance

Postby eoc321 » Fri Apr 09, 2010 8:06 am



I am new to the Goldwings and to this forum. I just purchased an 80 GL1100 that had been laid down. All of the add-on fairings have been removed and the bike has been sitting idle for some time. I plan to put it back together without all the additions. But first I want to go through the bike and replace the fluids. I don't have a manual yet so can I get some suggestions for oils and where they go? Thanks for the help



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Re: Maintenance

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Apr 09, 2010 9:17 am

Well there is only one "oil" and that is the engine oil. You can see details on this procedure here: How to change your engine oil

Have a look through the rest of the How-To articles as well - they all apply to your bike.

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Re: Maintenance

Postby eoc321 » Fri Apr 09, 2010 3:59 pm

Thanks for the help. I have worked on cars for years and rebuilt several engines so I should know how to change the oil but after not being able to figure out how to get the oil out of my honda 4-wheeler I was expecting something harder. I am going to change the plugs and try to balance the carbs before I run it too much. I printed off the article about the carbs and it doesn't sound too hard. Do you have any suggestions on plug brands?

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Re: Maintenance

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Apr 09, 2010 6:08 pm

I've used NGK's on mine for as long as I've had it, and they've always run great for me.

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Re: Maintenance

Postby WingAdmin » Sat Apr 10, 2010 8:57 am

The plugs I use are NGK DPR8EA-9. I get them at Cyclemax - $9 for a set of four.

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Re: Maintenance

Postby eoc321 » Thu Apr 15, 2010 10:25 pm

The valve cover gaskets are leaking on my bike so I ordered a new set and plan to replace them this weekend. Should I adjust the valves while I am there? And if so is there a "how to" article I can read?

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Re: Maintenance

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Apr 15, 2010 10:34 pm

Makes perfect sense to do your valves while you're in there.

No "how to" on valve adjustment yet, because I haven't done mine yet...too busy riding. :) I have new valve cover gaskets sitting in a box just waiting for a rainy day though, so you will see it fairly soon.

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Re: Maintenance

Postby robertdawber » Sat Apr 17, 2010 9:14 pm

WingAdmin wrote:Makes perfect sense to do your valves while you're in there.

No "how to" on valve adjustment yet, because I haven't done mine yet...too busy riding. :) I have new valve cover gaskets sitting in a box just waiting for a rainy day though, so you will see it fairly soon.

Not nearly as good as here-but I found this on Valve adjustments-
http://filipi.com/ngw/roady/GL1100_Valve_Adjustment.pdf
my question is do you really need to change the gasket?

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Re: Maintenance

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Apr 18, 2010 12:09 am

You don't have to replace the gaskets...but I have no idea when mine were done last, and don't know if the gaskets will come off in one piece or not. So rather than find out that they aren't going to be reusable, and having to wait for new ones, I decided to pre-empt that problem and order some to begin with.

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Re: Maintenance

Postby NUTCKERGOLDWING » Sun Apr 18, 2010 1:22 am

YOU MIGHT CONSIDER CHANGING THE "OIL" IN THE FINAL DRIVE SINCE YOU JUST GOT THIS BIKE AND MAY NOT KNOW IT'S HISTORY. IT'S AN EASY JOB AND DOESN'T COST MUCH, JUST THE PRICE OF A LITTLE 80/90 GEAR OIL.

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Re: Maintenance

Postby robertdawber » Sun Apr 18, 2010 5:45 am

WingAdmin wrote:You don't have to replace the gaskets...but I have no idea when mine were done last, and don't know if the gaskets will come off in one piece or not. So rather than find out that they aren't going to be reusable, and having to wait for new ones, I decided to pre-empt that problem and order some to begin with.

I agree with that-mine have blue gasket sealer all over them. I order them figuring it is worth the money to be safe and not hae a leak

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Re: Maintenance

Postby eoc321 » Tue Apr 20, 2010 3:00 pm

Thanks for the suggestion about the final drive lubricant. I have ordered the replacement gaskets for the valve covers but haven't started yet. Seems I might have a bigger problem. I was riding the bike in the yard this weekend (too chicken to get on the road just yet) and I let it die before I got back in the shop. When I tried to start it again it sounded like the starter was dragging. The battery is new but I thought I might have run it down trying to start the bike. So I put a charger on it. While I was doing other stuff around the bike I heard what sounded like a pressure relief. I saw no acid on or around the bike but now I get no lights, no sound, zilch. I am charging the battery now off the bike and will try it again tonight. Could I have hurt something electrical when I charged the battery? I checked the fuses in the block and the 30 amp fuse beside the battery and they all look fine.

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Re: Maintenance

Postby wda-83wing » Thu Apr 22, 2010 6:52 am

what kind of battery did you get? if it was a agm type (sealed-miantance free) chances are it was the relife vale opening. this is cased by trying to put to much of a charge rate to the battery. my 2 cents.

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Re: Maintenance

Postby eoc321 » Thu Apr 22, 2010 4:03 pm

It was good ole WalMart battery. But would this kill the battery? Could overcharging the battery cause the electrical problem. I am going to check the connections this weekend. I've read several good procedures to check the starter that might lead to my problem. In the process I think I will replace the dogbone fuse also. Sounds like a simple way to get rid of one possible trouble spot wheather or not it is my problem now.

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Re: Maintenance

Postby wda-83wing » Thu Apr 22, 2010 8:56 pm

most battery charges have what they call a taper charge rate. so i doubt that you`ve ruined your battery. maybe boiled out a little water . might check it but dont over fill it. keep the level between the marks.

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Re: Maintenance

Postby wingd » Thu May 20, 2010 7:44 am

I didn't see anyone mention the most important thing. BELTS!!!! I would do them first before any riding or long running. They brake, it will be a big show stopper!!
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Re: Maintenance

Postby WingAdmin » Thu May 20, 2010 9:37 am

Absolutely. Timing belts should be the top of your list. If they break, all that other stuff won't matter.




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