1981 GL1100I Clutch Problems


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Mandulis
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1981 GL1100I Clutch Problems

Postby Mandulis » Sat Sep 05, 2015 5:10 pm



Hey folks. So I got this bike awhile ago, finally got it all fixed up and back together. Rebuilt the carbs, flushed the radiator, flushed the oil, new front and rear tires, went through the final drive and regreased, rebuilt the brake calipers, new final drive oil. So now that it is on the road, I am finding out that the clutch is being extremely finicky. I got it to work great, after awhile of screwing with it, but now it is back to being a pita. I can't get it to fully disengage, it almost acts like some of the springs in the clutch are bad, so it is partially engaged all the time. I can get it to slip, but not disengage. I have tried messing with the adjustment at the clutch to no avail. Tightened in the screw, unscrewed 3/4 turn, 1/2 turn, 1/4 turn, left tight, no help. I am almost positive I am going to have to dig into the clutch and rebuild it, but I am looking for all of your opinions, since I am not exactly an expert on this bike yet.

Much appreciated for your time.



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Re: 1981 GL1100I Clutch Problems

Postby spiralout » Sun Sep 06, 2015 9:29 am

I'd suggest adjusting the clutch correctly first. There are three adjustment points for the clutch cable. One, at the lever, one at the other end of the cable and one behind the clutch lifter cover.
Run the adjuster at the lever in all the way for max free play first then take the lifter cover off and loosen the lock nut. Run that screw all the way in then back it out 1 turn and lock it down. Loosen the lock nut at the clutch end of the cable and adjust there until you get about 1/2-5/8" free play at the lever then lock that one down. Finally go back to the small adjuster at the lever to fine tune the free play there.
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Re: 1981 GL1100I Clutch Problems

Postby RBGERSON » Sun Sep 06, 2015 12:26 pm

+1 on the above..clutch plate screw 1st, then clutch end of the cable then lever end. Don't go insdie until youi tried this
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Re: 1981 GL1100I Clutch Problems

Postby Mandulis » Mon Sep 07, 2015 10:29 pm

I have indeed adjusted it correctly, multiple times, and it wasn't doing the trick.

Oddly enough, the problem some what fixed itself, which leads me to think that there are floaties in the clutch. I took it on the freeway and got her moving at 80 mph and after that the clutch worked great.

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Re: 1981 GL1100I Clutch Problems

Postby spiralout » Mon Sep 07, 2015 10:56 pm

Mandulis wrote:I have indeed adjusted it correctly, multiple times, and it wasn't doing the trick.

Oddly enough, the problem some what fixed itself, which leads me to think that there are floaties in the clutch. I took it on the freeway and got her moving at 80 mph and after that the clutch worked great.

The only info you gave on adjusting it was the screw at the clutch and with an improperly adjusted cable, that isn't enough. I've seen bikes that have sat long periods of time have funky clutches that all they needed was an oil change and use to come back.

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Re: 1981 GL1100I Clutch Problems

Postby gristleheadsgoldwing » Mon Sep 14, 2015 1:34 pm

Hey guys,
I am going to adjust my clutch today but I have a question. Do I have to take the plate off that the clutch lever goes into?
It is as clear as mud now...

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Re: 1981 GL1100I Clutch Problems

Postby auctioneeral » Mon Sep 14, 2015 2:07 pm

No you dont need to take cover off. There is a i think 17mm plug that screws into cover remove the plug and the set screw setup is in there.

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Re: 1981 GL1100I Clutch Problems

Postby gristleheadsgoldwing » Mon Sep 14, 2015 2:54 pm

I'm guessing that would be the one in the centre of the cover...thanks
It is as clear as mud now...

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Re: 1981 GL1100I Clutch Problems

Postby Wilcoy02 » Tue Sep 15, 2015 9:42 am

Might put some sea foam in the oil and run it for 100 miles and change the oil and filter. Make sure you use oil for a wet clutch. The sea foam may clean out the junk keeping the clutch from disengaging. Easier than pulling the engine.




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