1980 Honda GL1100 timing belt

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1980 Honda GL1100 timing belt

Post by Steamboat7404 » Tue May 17, 2016 7:13 pm

Started worring about my timing belts and I have read through just about everything on this forum about replacing timing belts. Looking for some advice. Removed my timing belt covers and was expecting to see an old chewed up and wore out belt (s). Instead I found what look like very nice (almost new looking) K&L 15-1449 belts. They really look good. BUT I don't know the history the bike and the belts might have been replaced last year or 15 years ago. Since the belts look like newish do you guys/gals think I should go ahead and replace them with new. The bike is showing 57K on the odometer and the bike is in pretty good shape for its age.

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Re: 1980 Honda GL1100 timing belt

Post by Steamboat7404 » Tue May 17, 2016 8:33 pm

Well went through all the information again and pretty much confirmed the belts should be changed. To many unknowns...I guess I just needed to see it in writing....

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Re: 1980 Honda GL1100 timing belt

Post by Maz » Wed May 18, 2016 2:12 am

Just seen your post.
Wise decision. As you have now read, they may look perfect but, if you don't have receipts etc to prove that they were changed, you really don't want to take that chance. It's a few dollars well-spent.

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Re: 1980 Honda GL1100 timing belt

Post by dingdong » Wed May 18, 2016 6:53 am

From my experience and research most belts will look new even after 30 years. They usually fail due to sitting in the same position for many of those years. Yes, change them.

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Re: 1980 Honda GL1100 timing belt

Post by raven41951 » Wed May 18, 2016 8:06 am

My 22 year old 1500 had low miles and the belts also looked brand new. I changed them anyway and am much happier that I did. My biggest issue was replacing and reinstalling the covers. You'll be glad you changed them.

These belts are designed to be stiffer for timing accuracy and do not show wear, provided all the idlers and pulleys are in good shape, they just fail. Being an interference engine, better safe than replacing an engine.

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Re: 1980 Honda GL1100 timing belt

Post by Wilcoy02 » Wed May 18, 2016 10:29 pm

Put the date and milage on the inside of the covers. Next time the covers are removed one will know the age and milage.

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Post by Johnyy Smoke » Sat May 21, 2016 4:47 am

While your in there,I suggest changing the thermostat and rad hoses- even if they look O.K.
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Re: 1980 Honda GL1100 timing belt

Post by FM-USA » Mon May 23, 2016 10:32 am

1980? Like others said, change'm and date mark the cover.

Reputable companies like Gates, Goodyear, Bando uses a better heat-resistant rubber with a higher tensile strength thread like Kevlar. It must flex well under high-speed and not melt. Currently carbon is making its way into rubber products but said carbon ads stiffness. Flexing something stiff begets heat. Always tradeoffs.
Low quality Chinese belts are not as heat proof, they use a lower quality and lower tensile strength thread.

You simply cannot see inside the belt to know it's status.
Someday timing belts might have a color changing marker when it's beyond its actual serviceable use.
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