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GL1100 Carb Removal/Rebuild

Postby zvacman » Wed May 26, 2010 4:21 pm



I am between a 6-7 at being mechanically inclined, is this job something I can handle? Is there a tutorial on this site with step by step and specs? If I'm going to tear into this baby looking for the cause of my fuel leak I might as well do the carbs too.
BTW, I bought this bike last Sunday (1982 GL1100i with 9950 miles on it) for $1400.00, did do alright?


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Re: GL1100 Carb Removal/Rebuild

Postby WingAdmin » Thu May 27, 2010 4:02 pm

9950 miles for $1400? You'd better be looking over your shoulder before the police find you for stealing that bike! :)

I haven't done an overhaul on my carbs (haven't needed to, thankfully) so I haven't got any details on doing it. However, if/when I do, I will be purchasing this rebuild kit and guide, which is pretty well known as the best carb rebuild kit available. Randakk is pretty well the carb guru when it comes to GL1100's and GL1000's.
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Re: GL1100 Carb Removal/Rebuild

Postby zvacman » Thu May 27, 2010 4:22 pm

The kits mentioned are 2-5 times more than the kits I've been seeing, are they that much better? I'm not going to buy bottom of the line, I found a keystar brand kit that runs $82.00 for all four.
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Re: GL1100 Carb Removal/Rebuild

Postby Dltroper » Thu May 27, 2010 7:39 pm

Hey there, Read Randakks tips before you purchase any Kit and you will see why his are so much more, You my still buy Napco or Keyster but you will know what your getting and what you are not, I just helped a friend who bought Barracuda from China and he will have to pull the carbs AGAIN, leaks like a sieve? :shock: I'm learning alot from this site Wing admin is Great :D Good luck , David in CA.
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Re: GL1100 Carb Removal/Rebuild

Postby RBGERSON » Thu May 27, 2010 7:56 pm

Don't want to bust youir bubble but it's likely that's 109,995 miles unless it was stored for 25 years. First job is to change the timing belts if one breaks it all over. If the bike runs you might try some sea foam in the gas and run a tank or two it may clean up youir problem. leaking carbs internally are usually from a stuck/dirty float needle. If it has been leaking for awhile you probably have gas in your oil..change it. Leaking externally bad bowl gasket.

read here for a list of things to do... http://www.randakks.com/TechTip24.htm

for tutorial on timing belts go here http://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/forum9/17422.html

carbs here or here http://www.ngwclub.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=2952 or http://www.randakks.com/TechTip15.htm
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Re: GL1100 Carb Removal/Rebuild

Postby zvacman » Thu May 27, 2010 9:30 pm

You were close, it was stored for almost 20 years and then a 70 year old man bought it 4 years ago to restore. He realized he bit off more than he could chew and sold it to me. I picked up the timing belts this morning (Gates), valve cover gaskets are on order as well as carb synchronizing gauges and a genuine Honda service manual. The old feller told me he took the carbs off and had them rebuilt but if I'm going to go through taking them off to find the leak I might as well rebuild them. Air filter, oil change, and coolant change are all on the list for the next two weeks as well as the carbs and timing belts. I think you guys have talked me into the better carb kits.

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Re: GL1100 Carb Removal/Rebuild

Postby zvacman » Fri May 28, 2010 12:46 pm

O.K. I just bit the bullet on the Randakks kit plus the manual, I just hope the bonehead that already tried to rebuild these carbs DIDN'T change the jets and seats! I plan on documenting the process with pictures and notes. If it goes well I'll share, if not you will never hear about it.

Wish me luck, Z
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Re: GL1100 Carb Removal/Rebuild

Postby RexAubrey » Tue May 17, 2011 11:49 am

Well, it's been a year. I guess it did not go well :? . If it did could you post to let us know?

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Re: GL1100 Carb Removal/Rebuild

Postby zvacman » Tue May 17, 2011 5:36 pm

Sorry for the delay in reposting. The rebuild did and didn't go well. The carbs were not rebuildable, bent linkages and jets, stripped screws, cross over pipes crimped and on and on. I found a set on ebay for $100.00 and I rebuilt them and the bike runs awesome. The only remaining issue is a tiny oil leak on the left side, and we're talking one drop on my boot after hours of riding and none on the garage floor. I suspect it is coming from the valve cover screw seals, once I find a nice set of chrome replacements I'll change the covers, gaskets and screw seals all at once.

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Re: GL1100 Carb Removal/Rebuild

Postby RexAubrey » Wed May 18, 2011 1:41 am

Z,

Glad to hear you got it going. take it over to Beaver Island for the 4th of July and I will come over and introduce myself. We go there every year first two weeks of July. I wont have the bike with me though. hard to fit 7 on the bike for the trip :lol:

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