1100 Goldwing Interstate timing belts

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1100 Goldwing Interstate timing belts

Post by scanner70 » Tue Aug 26, 2014 11:20 pm

Hello to all, I am new here but not to bikes. However this will be my first Honda ever. In the past I have mostly rode Harley's but I heard a lot of good things about Honda Goldwing's so I bought a 1980 Goldwing with only 24,000 miles on it. It ran very smooth when I bought it and I guess I should have read more about Goldwing's prior to the purchase but now after reading that at 25,000 miles belts should be changed I am a bit worried. I'm not a mechanic and I sunk most of the money into the purchase of the bike.

I was wondering just how hard it really is to do the belts and other things for the 25,000 mile service. Also how hard it is to remove the radiator to get at the belts?

Any help would really be appreciated.

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Re: 1100 Goldwing Interstate timing belts

Post by moritz1100 » Wed Aug 27, 2014 3:02 am

It all depends on your abilities, if you're competent with a wrench and have the ability to follow instructions it's not a bad job to do. It's even less of a daunting job if you have a friend who's willing to help. There are step by step tutorials on how to do it available online. Have you bought a workshop manual yet or downloaded it from the manuals section here? I'd say read the manual section and look at the online step by steps, if it seems way too complicated for you just leave it to a mechanic. The consequence of getting the belts wrong is catastrophic engine failure. Not a good time. Have you gotten a price for the job from a local bike shop?

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Re: 1100 Goldwing Interstate timing belts

Post by virgilmobile » Wed Aug 27, 2014 7:12 am

I'll post just 3 comments.
1.Timing belts are cheap.About the same price as a oil change and tank of gas.
2.I never trust a timing belt that's over 4 years old or has more than 35K miles of use.
I replace mine every other rear wheel change.
3.After replacing the belts,never just hit the starter button to "spin it over"..ALWAYS hand turn the crankshaft at least 4 full turns then recheck the marks and belt tension.

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Re: 1100 Goldwing Interstate timing belts

Post by RBGERSON » Wed Aug 27, 2014 8:21 am

look here: http://www.ngwclub.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3544 read though it. Not a hard job but you have to do it right or you can create big issues..blow a piston, bend a value or make the bike run like crap.


Timing Belts

GL1000 & GL1100
Gates - #5119 or #T274 (2ea.)
NAPA - #250274 (2 ea.)
Goodyear - #40274 (2 ea.)



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