Carb rebuild recommendations


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Tenspeed59
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Carb rebuild recommendations

Postby Tenspeed59 » Sun Oct 18, 2015 12:20 am



Who would you recommend I send my carbs to that I have taken off of my 1980 GL1100?
I want them rebuilt completely and polished back up in like new condition if possible.
Please post links and a complete list of contacts and addresses to who you recommend please
Thanks gang!!!!



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spiralout
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Re: Carb rebuild recommendations

Postby spiralout » Sun Oct 18, 2015 1:35 am

If you're wanting to spend the money, PPS is who I'd send mine to. If I ever let anyone else touch one of my carbs, It'd be Pete Boody and Moose. http://www.oldwings.com/index.html

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Re: Carb rebuild recommendations

Postby RBGERSON » Sun Oct 18, 2015 6:44 am

+1 on Pistol Pete..check randakk's site for another one or two rebuilders.
HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

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Re: Carb rebuild recommendations

Postby Ivan Svea » Sun Oct 18, 2015 7:39 am

Just shipped mine to Pistol Pete's. Choose them based on Randakk's recommendation, their proximity to me, and the prompt and through reply to email inquiry. I feel like Moose is a friend after our email exchange.

I'll know a lot more about their service in a week or so.

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Re: Carb rebuild recommendations

Postby auctioneeral » Sun Oct 18, 2015 8:41 am

Let us know how you make out with the carbs.

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Re: Carb rebuild recommendations

Postby harvey01 » Sun Oct 18, 2015 10:41 am

Pistol Pete's is a great choice as are any of those recommended on Randakks website. They all use his rebuilt kits and all have great reputations.

Another option that I hear about is Jack at OldSchoolCarbs.com . I know several folks that swear by him!

Honestly if it were me I would get the list from Randakks and Old School and call each to get accurate pricing and go from there. If it was a CBX, I would go directly to Mike Nixon and I do believe he does old Gold Wings also but he is expensive.
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Re: Carb rebuild recommendations

Postby spiralout » Sun Oct 18, 2015 10:43 am

harvey01 wrote: If it was a CBX, I would go directly to Mike Nixon ...

+1 on that.

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Re: Carb rebuild recommendations

Postby pschweitzer » Sun Oct 18, 2015 7:54 pm

Pete and Moose did my 83 carbs about a year ago. They found that the PO had made some mods that had screwed up the works and came back to me with some reasonable suggestions to bring them back to spec. I think turn around was about 2 weeks and after reinstall the wing started right up and has been running better than ever. Communications with them is the best and you are right Moose makes you feel like family. When you factor in labor, tools you don't have and time Pistol Pete is a bargain.

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Re: Carb rebuild recommendations

Postby Tenspeed59 » Sun Oct 18, 2015 10:13 pm

I went to the website for Pistol Petes and sent them an email......awaiting their response back now........

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Re: Carb rebuild recommendations

Postby aznyaz » Tue Oct 20, 2015 4:56 am

I had mine rebuilt by Pistol Pete's and have not had had any issues in almost 30K miles. Based on Randakk's recommendation and the fact that they're only 15 miles from me, I could not pass on them.

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Re: Carb rebuild recommendations

Postby Tenspeed59 » Sun Oct 25, 2015 11:35 am

Tenspeed59 wrote:I went to the website for Pistol Petes and sent them an email......awaiting their response back now........



Date October 25th 2015
Update:
I am having my daughter take two packages to the post office for me on Monday October 26th 2015 to send Pistol Pete my carb set to evaluate for his magic touch and another package containing a parts carb and spare rebuild kit I had here on hand to see if he can use those parts rather than just sitting here collecting dust. Once they receive the packages and look things over we will attempt to come up with some sort of a barter with cash paid or whatever we decide is equitable.........I have complete faith in his and his daughters ability to perform their magic on my rebuildable set in an expedited manner.......I'm looking forward to hearing back from them upon receipt of these packages being mailed out to them tomorrow........details to follow later...........thanks everyone!

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Pete's GL Carb Service.

Postby Ivan Svea » Fri Oct 30, 2015 9:04 am

After some juggling with the USPS for the package delivery, carbs are here and mostly installed. Gave up finishing late last night after a stupid mistake. You can't put the covers back on #1 and #3 carbs if the intakes are connected to the heads, they won't fit under the frame members. You have to slide the carb package out to the right side, put the cover and springs on, then ship it all back to the center and connect the intake runners to the heads. At that point it was time for me to do something else before frustration set in.

The rebuilt carbs look great, shiny and clean. most of the internal corrosion is gone. There is still some staining but the surfaces are smooth and clean. Should be reassembled tonight and I give a full report on performance.

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Re: Carb rebuild recommendations

Postby auctioneeral » Fri Oct 30, 2015 9:52 am

Great to see your installing them.

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Re: Carb rebuild recommendations

Postby aznyaz » Fri Oct 30, 2015 10:04 am

Wait until you hear all 4 cylinders firing!

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Re: Carb rebuild recommendations

Postby Ivan Svea » Wed Nov 04, 2015 5:22 pm

Very happy with the rebuilds. Bike is a little slow in starting when cold, I have to work out the best choke/throttle position, but once its warm starts instantly and purrs along at 950 rpm. Idle is smooth and quiet. Performance is good, I wouldn't call it snappy, but pulls strong right up the rpm band. I haven't needed to rev it over 5,500 in any gear.

Mileage feels a little low, 60 mi on 1/2 a tank, but that may be more from the short trips around town and getting used to riding something this big. We'll see what its like after a couple of tank fulls and on a longer trip.

Engine sound is more like a giant sewing machine that a motorcycle. Some whine and whistle from the timing belts as the revs come up. At a stop light you can hardly hear the motor.

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Re: Carb rebuild recommendations

Postby spiralout » Wed Nov 04, 2015 6:22 pm

Ivan Svea wrote:Performance is good, I wouldn't call it snappy, but pulls strong right up the rpm band. I haven't needed to rev it over 5,500 in any gear.

There's your problem. You need to twist that throttle more ;)

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Re: Carb rebuild recommendations

Postby velvetrider » Wed Nov 04, 2015 7:01 pm

You guys are fortunate to have the coin. After research and quotes I decided to do my own. They are on and seem to run good. I did not take them off to separate each one. The bike ran very well before but I had fuel dropping into #4 if I didn't turn off the petcock. The really hardest part was taking the cables out and putting um back in. I have yet to sync them,,got all manner of things to complete before I "run it". Here are some pics,,
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Re: Carb rebuild recommendations

Postby 4wred » Thu Nov 05, 2015 8:26 am

(I have to work out the best choke/throttle position)



You shouldn't have to work out the best "throttle position" during startup.
Yes on choke position,I never have to touch the throttle on startup,just fiddle with the choke as it's warming up!

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Re: Carb rebuild recommendations

Postby Ivan Svea » Thu Nov 05, 2015 10:02 am

I usually am the do it myself guy 'cause I'm too cheap to pay someone else to break my stuff.

I went for the professional rebuild because it was worse after I had cleaned them and replaced only a couple of the o-rings and one diaphragm. Also didn't want the frustration of taking them out, fiddling with them, put them back in, over and over... Just wanted to do it once and be done.

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Re: Carb rebuild recommendations

Postby aznyaz » Thu Nov 05, 2015 10:11 am

So, you got them back from Pistol Pete's? On and running yet?

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Re: Carb rebuild recommendations

Postby vaughn » Thu Nov 05, 2015 5:46 pm

Had Pistol Pete do my 83 Aspencade this spring. Best money I ever spent on this bike. Got 5000 miles on it since and my mileage jumped about 5 to 8 mpg better.

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Re: Carb rebuild recommendations

Postby GL1100Mike » Thu May 05, 2016 10:06 am

I just got my 1982 1100 interstate back on the road this year. This was a barn find project that I have been working on for about a year. I had my carbs done by Pistol Pete. I found out about him through this site. I must say that I am impressed with his work. Communication was outstanding between myself, Pete and Moose. There pricing was fair for the work they do. They use the Randakks kit and test run / sync the carbs prior yo shipping them back. The carb set looked great when I got them back. I had the carbs back on the bike in a couple of hours and was riding in the afternoon. This rebuild works and I recommend it. My money was well spent.

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Re: Carb rebuild recommendations

Postby Wingsconsin » Thu May 05, 2016 11:40 am

After rebuilding the carbs myself - it took a bit of doing to get them synched properly
Take your time and do a good synch and then they will work really well - added power and better fuel economy too.
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