GL1100 brake identification questions


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GL1100 brake identification questions

Postby tplumlee » Fri May 24, 2013 7:57 am



I have an 83 GL1100A that I've been working on restoring. How do I identify which breaking system I have on it to order parts? Although it is an 83 Aspencade I think someone may have retro fitted the older model braking system on it. Both front brakes are on the hand lever and the rear brake is on the foot pedal. My questions are how do I identify if they've changed the master cylinders and the rear caliper? I'm certain that the front calipers were changed because I bought different front shocks for an 83 Aspencade and after I installed them i found that the calipers wouldn't mount up so I had to rebuild the shocks that were on the bike. I want to order master cyclinder rebuild kits but need some way to id which ones I have. :?


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Re: GL1100 brake identification questions

Postby RBGERSON » Fri May 24, 2013 8:19 am

Take a pic and post..80-81 single pistons 82-83 double pistons.. the masters looked the same rectangles...note \early years had 2 bolts to hold lid on and later years had 4
HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

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Re: GL1100 brake identification questions

Postby tplumlee » Sun May 26, 2013 8:49 am

Here are the pics. the front calipers are double piston but I'm not sure if the previous owner robbed parts off an 82 to do this and if he did is this master cylinder the original or off an 82? I feel like the front shocks are probably off an 82 and looks like the assembly that both front brake lines are connected to maybe off an 82.
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Re: GL1100 brake identification questions

Postby RBGERSON » Sun May 26, 2013 8:56 am

Sure looks like an 82 with front splitter..two screw master is older style too..maybe the PO swapped out the whole front end??? Would have been easier..are the shocks Trac shocks =83, if not 82??
HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
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Re: GL1100 brake identification questions

Postby tplumlee » Wed Aug 21, 2013 2:29 pm

Sorry for such a long wait to get back on here, its been a crazy summer but I finally got time to get back to the bike. I ordered a master cylinder rebuild kit for an 82 based on the 2 screw master cylinder comment but appearently thats was wrong... according to cheap cycle parts schematics the 4 screw is the older style... the plunger I got for the 82 master cylinder is too big to fit in the master cylinder I have so I'm guessing its the 83 master cylinder. Now my question is should I go ahead and change it to one for an 82 with the bigger plunger. The whole reason I was looking to rebuild the master cylinder is because while it works its spongy now I'm starting to think that the master cylinder doesn't move enough fluid for both brake calipers with the small piston if that makes sense. The previous owner really messed this bike up but I've worked to hard for to long to give up now.
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Re: GL1100 brake identification questions

Postby Rockydog » Wed Aug 21, 2013 2:40 pm

I have an '82 wing that had spongy brakes. I replaced the original rubber brake lines with stainless braided lines. Made a BIG difference, no more spongy feel.




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