Winter TO-DO List for the GL1100


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Winter TO-DO List for the GL1100

Postby sleepy3103 » Mon Aug 25, 2014 1:30 pm



Hi all, I'm new here and I love the forum. I Just bought bike for the first time in 8 years. It is a 83 GL1100 Interstate with 33,000 mile on it. It runs great and is pretty clean for an 83. I am doing some work to it now to get a little riding out of it this year. During the winter months here in Ohio I will be giving the old girl a good makeover(mechanically mostly) to get her ready for next year. So I have been making a list of things I would like to do to her and would like opinions on it. If you think I should add anything or change anything I really appreciate the feedback. This is my first Goldwing and I really like it already, and it needs a lot of suspension and brake work. So I can't wait to get her all fixed up and see how she rides then.

Here is the list

Brakes
1. Rebuild Rear Master Cylinder
2. Rebuild Rear Caliper
3. Replace brake lines with stainless and braided stainless lines
4. Rebuild front master cylinder
5. rebuild front calipers

Suspension
6. Replace rear air spring with normal springs
7. Replace fork springs with progressive springs and new seals

Electrical
8. Check all wires and connections for rubbing, burning, and corrosion
9. Replace old non water resistent connectors with sealed connectors if possible
10. Replace all running, turn signals, and brake lights with LED bulbs(already added electronic flasher relay)
11. Headlight upgrade?
12. Better driving lights - possibly LED or HID for less power Draw
13. Gel Battery
14. LED Flashing stop light strip

Tires and wheels
15. Replace tires with good all weather touring tires
16. Istall dyna beads in new tires
17. Replace wheel bearings

Mechanical/Maintenance
18. While tires removed, service spline on rear drive
19. While tires removed, check fork and swing arm bearings and tighten or replace as needed
20. Check bushings
21. Rebuild or replace starter
22. Upgrade stator to one from GL1200 - possibly regulator with later model.
23. Remove Carbs and rebuild and sync
24. Replace timing belt and refurb tensioners
25. Rebuild heads or replace valve seals/guides
26. Adjust valve clearances
27. Replace water pump and all coolant hoses
28. Replace or oil the clutch, throttle, and choke cables
29. Replace all fuel lines with stainless braided lines, new clamps
30. Flush and change all fluids and associated filters - Coolant, Oil, rear drive, and brake fluid.
31. Replace Spark plugs, wires, and coil
32. Replace air filter
33. Replace fuel filter
34. Replace weather seals on all, pockets, bags, truck, and false tank tool tray
35. Clean, Polish chrome and aluminum, and touch up paint.

Sorry for the crappy spelling and stuff, when I type fast its like I've been drinking or something. Here is a picture of the old girl when I brought her home the first day.
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Re: Winter TO-DO List for the GL1100

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Aug 25, 2014 2:09 pm

Wow, that's quite a list of work you have planned! My only comments:

Replacing all connectors with waterproof? Probably not required, and an awful lot of work (not to mention some connectors are very hard to find). Cleaning with a decent contact cleaner and maybe a dielectric grease for exposed connectors (I'm not a big fan of dielectric grease) would be all I would probably do.

I didn't see in there the cutting out of the stator connector and hard wiring.

Is there a reason in particular you are wanting to switch to a GL1200 stator?

Throttle and clutch cables are cheap, and are a wear item. If you're going to undo them to lubricate them, I would just go ahead and replace them with new.

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Re: Winter TO-DO List for the GL1100

Postby ankgrays » Mon Aug 25, 2014 2:11 pm

WOW!! That's alot of work!!

You must be retired AND have longer winters there, than here in Iowa! 8-)
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Re: Winter TO-DO List for the GL1100

Postby sleepy3103 » Mon Aug 25, 2014 2:25 pm

Thanks for the response WingAdmin.

Replacing the connectors with waterproof ones is just for the connectors I can replace. Like simple 2 or 3 prong connectors.

Replacing the stator was to get a little more power, I have read that the one from a 1200 putts out a little more power.

For the stator wires I am already doing that, the dog bone fuse and cleaning the ground this weekend.

The cables I might just replace as you suggest. At least I'll know they are good for a long while then.

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Re: Winter TO-DO List for the GL1100

Postby sleepy3103 » Mon Aug 25, 2014 2:29 pm

ankgrays wrote:WOW!! That's alot of work!!

You must be retired AND have longer winters there, than here in Iowa! 8-)


No I work 10 to 12 hours a day 5 days a week. I work on stuff for a couple hours after work every day when I need to, and our winter non riding season is 3 months give or take a few weeks here and there. Some of this stuff is going to get done before winter, like the brakes and suspension. The rest i will do once the snow starts flying. I'll tare down the bike and do everything I need to do before putting it back together.

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Re: Winter TO-DO List for the GL1100

Postby SteveB123 » Mon Aug 25, 2014 6:50 pm

sleepy3103 wrote:Replacing the stator was to get a little more power, I have read that the one from a 1200 putts out a little more power.


I hope you realize that's a ten-ish bolt job.....once the engine is on the bench.
Go Poor-boy conversion, and get double-or-better the power, and engine stays installed.
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Re: Winter TO-DO List for the GL1100

Postby sleepy3103 » Mon Aug 25, 2014 8:15 pm

SteveB123 wrote:
sleepy3103 wrote:Replacing the stator was to get a little more power, I have read that the one from a 1200 putts out a little more power.


I hope you realize that's a ten-ish bolt job.....once the engine is on the bench.
Go Poor-boy conversion, and get double-or-better the power, and engine stays installed.


I thought about it, but thats to much work for me to get all that power. I plan on pulling the engine anyway so thats why I was going to go the other way. I don't need tons of power, I plan on swapping all the ligjts for LEDs or HIDs, and a small radio with am/fm and an aux input for my mp3 player. The only other thing I might add is a gps.

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Re: Winter TO-DO List for the GL1100

Postby sleepy3103 » Tue Aug 26, 2014 8:33 am

Ok 3 wire fix done, main fuse replaced, ground cleaned and reinstalled. Had to hurry up and do it when I got home from work this morning. Now its time for some sleep.
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Re: Winter TO-DO List for the GL1100

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Aug 26, 2014 2:12 pm

sleepy3103 wrote:Ok 3 wire fix done, main fuse replaced, ground cleaned and reinstalled. Had to hurry up and do it when I got home from work this morning. Now its time for some sleep.


Is that fuse holder you installed rated for 30 amps? The wire on it looks a little thin to me. If not, you may find your master fuse (or its wiring) melting/burning.

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Re: Winter TO-DO List for the GL1100

Postby sleepy3103 » Tue Aug 26, 2014 6:29 pm

Yes it is. When I was reading up on thd main fuse issue I made sure to use the same thing everyone else used. The fuse holder is the same as the radio shack one that was recommended, its just yellow wire sleeve instead of red.

I also replaced all of the glass fuses with new ones because a couple of the fuse elements where starting to bow.

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Re: Winter TO-DO List for the GL1100

Postby RBGERSON » Tue Aug 26, 2014 6:43 pm

On the stator if you do it they do sell an upgrade that's higher output 20%???..forget the name but it's blue..on eBay. there have been some good reports on them but as said if yours is working and you are goign to reduce wattage of lights anyway no need really unless you are thinking about winter driving heated gloves, vest etc.

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Re: Winter TO-DO List for the GL1100

Postby sleepy3103 » Tue Aug 26, 2014 6:56 pm

RBGERSON wrote:On the stator if you do it they do sell an upgrade that's higher output 20%???..forget the name but it's blue..on eBay. there have been some good reports on them but as said if yours is working and you are goign to reduce wattage of lights anyway no need really unless you are thinking about winter driving heated gloves, vest etc.

here you go

http://tinyurl.com/lab2t4t


Awesome, thanks for that info. I think I might try that since it is decently priced as well.

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Re: Winter TO-DO List for the GL1100

Postby moneypit » Sat Jan 03, 2015 9:33 am

Do you want to sell ... lol

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Re: Winter TO-DO List for the GL1100

Postby Johnyy Smoke » Sat Jan 03, 2015 1:11 pm

That's about what I had to do on my 1980- only it took me 2 years! And a gazillion hours of free labor (I added up the hours :D ). Keep us posted! Regards, Johnny

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Re: Winter TO-DO List for the GL1100

Postby Mspinner » Sat Jan 03, 2015 6:54 pm

Now that's a man with a plan!! And money . And ambition. I'm jealous !!

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Re: Winter TO-DO List for the GL1100

Postby sleepy3103 » Tue May 12, 2015 9:06 am

So I didn't get all the stuff I wanted done over the winter. I fell at work and tore my rotator cuff and hurt my back. getting better now but I want to ride so most of it will have to wait until next winter. So far I have rebuilt the forks, done the wire mod I showed, replaced most of the lights with leds, replaced the brake lines with HEL braided lines, rebuilt the rear master cylinder, and I'm rebuilding the calipers now. The calipers will be done today and back on the bike tonight or tomorrow. I found some calipers from a 82 GL1100 that are the same size pistons on both side since I am separating the linked brakes so the front pistons are going to be 30mm instead of 32mm and 25mm.
After the brakes are done I'm gonna change the fluids and add a digital voltmeter I bought, then Its riding time. Ill do the rest of it next winter. If anyone has a good Idea of the best way to hook up the voltmeter let me know. I want it to show the stator output when the bike is running, just trying to figure out how I want to wire it.

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Re: Winter TO-DO List for the GL1100

Postby WingAdmin » Tue May 12, 2015 9:27 am

The best way to hook up a voltmeter and have it show an accurate value is to run wires directly to the battery positive post, and the negative to a known, good ground. If your voltmeter is intended to be on all the time, and won't draw the battery down, this is fine. If not, you will need to put a relay in the positive wire, switched by the ignition, so that it only turns on when the ignition is on. Make sure you put a fuse in the positive wire, as close to the battery as possible.

Doing this will get you the most accurate representation of the state of charge of the battery (as well as the charging condition of the stator), without any loss from connectors or old wires in the existing wiring harness.

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Re: Winter TO-DO List for the GL1100

Postby sleepy3103 » Tue May 12, 2015 9:40 am

Thanks wingadmin. I don't know how I'm gonna wire it up. I thought about just wiring strait to the battery hot like you said so that I can see the state of the battery even when the ignition is off. Don't know yet. I also thought about just wiring it up with a switch. Thanks for the input.

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Re: Winter TO-DO List for the GL1100

Postby sleepy3103 » Wed May 13, 2015 9:31 pm

Finally got the brakes all rebuilt and put back on the bike along with the HEL braided lines. Separated the front and rear systems. Forgot to get pictures of the rear line before I put the bags back on.




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