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Points

Postby 1fastgl1100 » Thu Sep 05, 2013 3:57 pm



I know the GL1000 had points but I am not sure if the GL1100 has them as well. My bike runs fine most of the time but every now and then it seems to drop a cylinder. I was thinking that if there are points it may be a signal to change them out... I am however thinking it may be time to change out the spark plugs (last changed some 6 years ago)



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Re: Points

Postby 80-GL100-INT » Thu Sep 05, 2013 4:32 pm

1fastgl1100 wrote: I am however thinking it may be time to change out the spark plugs (last changed some 6 years ago)



That would probably be a good place to start :o . I put new plugs in every spring along with oil change, and air filter. I never leave a set of plugs in more than a year on anything. They have copper in them and the constant "heat/cool" will break them down.
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Re: Points

Postby Oldbear » Thu Sep 05, 2013 11:44 pm

Not changing the air filter is one of the biggest small money maintenance things we see in the automotive world. I change or clean/oil mine often...
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Re: Points

Postby dingdong » Fri Sep 06, 2013 7:27 am

No points in the 1100. Pull and check your plugs to see how they are firing. Wouldn't hurt to change them though.
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Re: Points

Postby lacanars » Fri Sep 06, 2013 9:45 am

Recomended plug changing is every 4,000 miles, I do mine between 6,000 to 7,000. And I still have to change them twice a year...

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Re: Points

Postby 1fastgl1100 » Sat Sep 07, 2013 7:14 am

Thanks all.. #3 plug worn worse than others... changing them out to the new NGK Iridium plugs

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Re: Points

Postby 80-GL100-INT » Sun Sep 08, 2013 7:12 pm

IMHO I would not waste my money on the Iridium plugs, they are just a way to get you to spend more money.
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Re: Points

Postby dingdong » Mon Sep 09, 2013 8:51 am

lacanars wrote:Recomended plug changing is every 4,000 miles, I do mine between 6,000 to 7,000. And I still have to change them twice a year...


I still have the same plugs in my 76 that I installed when I restored the bike over 30k miles ago and they don't look or run any different than they did then. Almost 40k miles miles for the 1500 and plugs haven't been changed. If I "had" to change my plugs twice a year I would be looking for the cause. Sometime I wonder about the manufacturers recommended interval for changing plugs. On the 1000 it is 7500 miles.
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Re: Points

Postby Oldbear » Mon Sep 09, 2013 11:10 am

Do you re-gap every 4-6000 km?
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Re: Points

Postby 80-GL100-INT » Mon Sep 09, 2013 12:18 pm

Your spark plugs are probably the most abused part of an engine. They retain a LOT of heat, and have constant pressure placed upon them. The copper inside will break down, the ceramic will get small cracks and pits, not allowing them to displace the heat properly, not to mention any carbon build up. They are a "natural wear" item just like brake pads.

Just because they "look as good" doesn't mean they are, and as for running the same, it's amazing what just a simple thing like changing the plugs will do for performance, response, and mileage.

I change mine once a year or 10,000 miles. I the cars it's usually twice a year, whether they look or act like they need it or not. IMHO


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