1982 gl1100 starting problem


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1982 gl1100 starting problem

Postby usabiker » Thu Apr 15, 2010 12:11 pm



I just recently purchased a 1982 gl1100 from my fiances dad. it sat in his garage for a few years and had not been started for probably 2 years. before he aquired it it had been sitting for 5 years without being started. when i tried to start it, it acted like the battery was too weak to get it to turn more than one turn. we tried charging the battery and jumping from a car but no go. I bought a new battery and tried it and even a boost pack but still same issue. it turns over great with the plugs out but with them in it acts like it doesn't have enough umph to turn it over. any ideas?



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Re: 1982 gl1100 starting problem

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Apr 15, 2010 2:16 pm

You've likely got an electrical or a starter problem. Electrical is easier to start with, check and clean all of the connections between the battery and the starter, including the ground connection from the battery.

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Re: 1982 gl1100 starting problem

Postby k1w1t1m » Thu Apr 15, 2010 10:30 pm

Check and clean the ground which is behind the triangular left hand upper engine mount. The starter may also need a quick clean and check. That's another easy job, two bolts and the power cable. Then take the end cap off and blow out the dust and make sure the brushes are free.

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Re: 1982 gl1100 starting problem

Postby usabiker » Wed Apr 21, 2010 3:47 pm

well i cleaned all the contacts between the battery and the starter including the frame ground and then cleaned the inside of the starter up. there was a bit of dust inside but everything looked ok . after i reinstalled the starter it turned over well for about 2 seconds and stopped now the starter is very hot to the touch as if it had been turning for an hour. i let it cool down and still nothing. is it shot?

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Re: 1982 gl1100 starting problem

Postby usabiker » Wed Apr 21, 2010 7:50 pm

well went back out and after a couple more bumps the starter came round and started turning proper. the motor fired up when i sprayed fuel into the intake but i guess the carb is dirty cause its not getting fuel through the carb. unfortunately one of the intake runner bolts snapped off almost flush with the head when trying to remove the carb. now i have to find a shop in my area that can remove the remaining bolt with the head on the bike(tricky i know). but thanks for all the help..

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Re: 1982 gl1100 starting problem

Postby tumunga » Wed Apr 21, 2010 9:05 pm

Drill it out and re-tap it.
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Re: 1982 gl1100 starting problem

Postby thrasherg » Thu Apr 22, 2010 7:40 am

As mentioned, drill it out and either re-tap the hole or fit a helicoil or insert. Most dealers should be able to do this for you if you don't have the tools and it shouldn't be too expensive (less than $50).

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Re: 1982 gl1100 starting problem

Postby usabiker » Sun May 23, 2010 8:08 pm

Great news. I found 1 local shop that is tucked away in a corner that will remove the bolt for $45 per hour and said it shouldn't take more than an hour. I tried a quick clean on the carbs which allowed it to get gas but had so much build up it would not idle and the float valves stayed open feeding way to much gas to the engine. I found some $10 rebuild kits on saber-cycle.com which had new fuel bowl gaskets and a lot of the internal parts that needed replaced (along with a week of soaking other parts) and the bike is now running great. For my first on road bike I am enjoying it very much. But one thing that is bugging me is every now and then when you start it the fuel gauge and the temp gauge don't work but most the time they do. Could this be dirty contacts in key switch? Anyways thanks for all the help. I will always come here for advice first.




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