31 years of badness


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31 years of badness

Postby moneypit » Wed Dec 24, 2014 10:39 am



Ok so the Moneypit needs the fairing removed so I can fix a couple of problems under the fairing. No prob removing the fairing but OMG 31 years of shade tree mechanic. Electrical wiring Friggin nightmare. You know after market lights , horns , and a sidecar later wow what a mess so I have until spring to decobb Moneypit. Well I diff have myself a project on my hand for sure. While I have it bare I will change timing belts radiator hoses and water pump. The Moneypit is 31 yrs old with 80k so the last thing we need is sumpin going wrong on our trips next summer.. Stay tuned for further info...



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Re: 31 years of badness

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Dec 24, 2014 2:38 pm

moneypit wrote:Ok so the Moneypit needs the fairing removed so I can fix a couple of problems under the fairing. No prob removing the fairing but OMG 31 years of shade tree mechanic. Electrical wiring Friggin nightmare. You know after market lights , horns , and a sidecar later wow what a mess so I have until spring to decobb Moneypit. Well I diff have myself a project on my hand for sure. While I have it bare I will change timing belts radiator hoses and water pump. The Moneypit is 31 yrs old with 80k so the last thing we need is sumpin going wrong on our trips next summer.. Stay tuned for further info...


My GL1500 was the same way. The amount of nightmare shadetree careless wiring I found and ripped out from that bike...I found wires run all over the place that were connected to...nothing! i.e. had once served a purpose, but whatever device they were powering was removed and the wiring just abandoned. I found wiring that should have shorted out and burned the bike. Just do what I did, rip it all out and start over, so you know it's done right.

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Re: 31 years of badness

Postby Johnyy Smoke » Wed Dec 24, 2014 5:50 pm

I would change the thermostat and the O - rings and seals on the crossover pipes while your in there. Been there too on the repairs. The P.O. of my bike said "All it needs is a new rear tire". I did a rebuild/ restore over 2 years on the bike-and it was worth it! Cost about $2500 in parts all told. Plus a zillion of hours of free labor (my own). Once you get your wing the way you want it - then it will run forever.
Was the frame modified for the sidecar? Regards, Johnny

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Re: 31 years of badness

Postby moneypit » Wed Dec 24, 2014 10:59 pm

WingAdmin mine too, wires everywhere going to nowhere some of them still hot OMG we put 5k on it this summer it should have burned down... I plan on cleaning house and when im done it will be rite..

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Re: 31 years of badness

Postby moneypit » Wed Dec 24, 2014 11:01 pm

Johnyy Smoke im not sure about the frame I haven't got that far yet.. I hope it hasn't been ...

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Re: 31 years of badness

Postby squirrel » Thu Dec 25, 2014 8:05 pm

I've recently removed the left fairing pocket from my gl1100 saw all the spaghetti wiring and numerous fuses going somewhere or nowhere put pocket back and walked away :-) not even going to attempt to trace where they go

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Re: 31 years of badness

Postby chefkev121 » Fri Dec 26, 2014 1:24 am

well i guess im the lucky one i found no added or altered wiring on mine. of course ive started doing that on my own fortunately for me i've been playing around with bikes so long ive learned at times its worth it to take the extra time and soder and shrink wrap everything . good luck with your restore . i also plan on buying a new wing this coming year and i will not be adding anything other then a aux 12 volt power point. regards and merry Christmas Kevin
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Re: 31 years of badness

Postby f1xrupr » Fri Dec 26, 2014 8:27 am

.....it's cheaper to keeper... :roll:
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Re: 31 years of badness

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Dec 26, 2014 5:43 pm

squirrel wrote:I've recently removed the left fairing pocket from my gl1100 saw all the spaghetti wiring and numerous fuses going somewhere or nowhere put pocket back and walked away :-) not even going to attempt to trace where they go


Believe it or not...that's not some hack's work. That's what the GL1100 fairing wiring looks like! (mostly for the radio/intercom)

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Re: 31 years of badness

Postby chefkev121 » Fri Dec 26, 2014 7:19 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
squirrel wrote:I've recently removed the left fairing pocket from my gl1100 saw all the spaghetti wiring and numerous fuses going somewhere or nowhere put pocket back and walked away :-) not even going to attempt to trace where they go


Believe it or not...that's not some hack's work. That's what the GL1100 fairing wiring looks like! (mostly for the radio/intercom)



😂 lol


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