timing belt tension on a 1981 gl1100 goldwing standard


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timing belt tension on a 1981 gl1100 goldwing standard

Postby sailin » Fri Sep 12, 2014 6:12 pm



i have just replaced my timing belts on my 1981 gl1100 the right side seems to have a bit more slack in it even after tension adjustment have been made. the left side is ok if anything tight. i wonder if anybody can give me any ideas. i am a new owner and member of this site and i would like to say kudos to all who help make this a great place to hang out. SAILIN



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Re: timing belt tension on a 1981 gl1100 goldwing standard

Postby dingdong » Sat Sep 13, 2014 7:15 am

The instructions say to let the idler pressure do the adjusting. That said are all idler springs equal? I have always adjusted to 1/4 inch deflection each directions. Total 1/2 inch.
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Re: timing belt tension on a 1981 gl1100 goldwing standard

Postby HawkeyeGL1200 » Sat Sep 13, 2014 8:22 am

There's also no reason why you can't "roll" the engine over (I'd pull the plugs and put the kill switch in the off position) with the starter a few turns, then re-check the tensioners if there's any question about the way they're adjusted. Just be ABSOLUTELY certain the cam-shafts are times right before you turn the engine -of course-... watch the belts and check tension again before installing covers. Don't over-tighten ...
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Re: timing belt tension on a 1981 gl1100 goldwing standard

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Sep 15, 2014 11:32 am

HawkeyeGL1200 wrote:There's also no reason why you can't "roll" the engine over (I'd pull the plugs and put the kill switch in the off position) with the starter a few turns, then re-check the tensioners if there's any question about the way they're adjusted. Just be ABSOLUTELY certain the cam-shafts are times right before you turn the engine -of course-... watch the belts and check tension again before installing covers. Don't over-tighten ...


If you are not 100% sure of your cam belts & tension, then do NOT turn the engine over with the starter. Remove the spark plugs, then use the nut at the back of the engine to turn it over by hand. If you feel any resistance at all, stop and back up to your original starting place. Then check your belt, cam placement again before testing once more.

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Re: timing belt tension on a 1981 gl1100 goldwing standard

Postby sailin » Mon Sep 15, 2014 1:32 pm

thanks for the hints i am proceeding with caution. i am aware of how important proper timing is. sailin




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