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1200 motor in a GL1100?

Posted: Fri Jan 02, 2015 10:48 am
by sw3dl1
I've just about finished building my GL1100 Standard and I'm looking forward to a new project.
I have a complete GL1100 frame and some associated parts, but I was looking at doing something a little different. I was toying with buying a GL1200 donor bike and using it to build a GL1100 with a 1200 motor.
Has anyone done this?
I know there will be challenges, i.e..,1200 hydraulic clutch, wiring issues, drive shaft, etc., etc. My main concern is, will the 1200 motor fit into the 1100 frame without a lot of cutting and welding.
I'm pretty conservitive, I want the project to be clean, un-assuming and factory like.
Open to thoughts...

Re: 1200 motor in a GL1100?

Posted: Sat Jan 03, 2015 5:51 pm
by HawkeyeGL1200
Someone asked this question about a week ago. I've never done it, but have heard it isn't hard to do it. Another member said he had done it... I recall reading that there was a difference in the drive shaft, but that the engine basically fits without a lot of modification to the frame... like close to none.

Re: 1200 motor in a GL1100?

Posted: Sun Jan 04, 2015 6:13 am
by sw3dl1
Hawkeye,
Thanks for getting back to me.
I've asked a few of my Goldwing friends about this swap and they say pretty close to the same thing. I'm looking for a good 1200 at a reasonable price as we speak. It seems there are no shortage of motors, but the shipping drives the price up substantially.
I believe it would be a fun project. Now I'm thinking about fuel injection or carbueration. I guess the motor I finally end up with will dictate how it is aspirated.

Re: 1200 motor in a GL1100?

Posted: Sun Feb 15, 2015 7:00 pm
by HawkeyeGL1200
I just sent a message to a local motorcycle "recycle yard" to see if they have a decent running 1200 engine to try this swap over on my 1100... it's either put a 1200 engine in it, or hold out for a 1983 GL1100 engine (final drive is better in my mind) to do this swap with.

I would be very interested in seeing your mod, if you get to it before I do...

Please keep us posted on your progress.

Re: 1200 motor in a GL1100?

Posted: Sun Feb 15, 2015 7:12 pm
by sw3dl1
I got a little side tracked with another project, but I'm still looking for a GL1200 to buy.
I'm of the mind to buy a whole bike for all the electrical compountants and them find a good motor to go into the bike.
I'll be done with the project i'm on presently in the next couple of weeks then I plan on getting the 1100/1200 project up and running.