Starting point for a restoration - GL1100?


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outdoors4
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Starting point for a restoration - GL1100?

Postby outdoors4 » Mon Sep 27, 2010 11:44 am



Hi All

Just brought a running GL1100 that I wish to completely restore. Nice to find a site for willing advice. The bike is currently running however the fuel consumption is excessively high, the spark plugs are carboned up and she back fires on the left side. She also feels under powered. The question is simple. What is recommended? Get the engine running properly first before starting the complete overhaul or start from the front of the bike and work to the back of the bike completely overhauling as I go. I will be doing this in the evenings and as such will take about 4 months. So far all I have done is a basic service.



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Re: Starting point for a restoration - GL1100?

Postby littlebeaver » Mon Sep 27, 2010 4:39 pm

I see you have a 81, Carbs, belts, filters, grounds, tank, electrics, brakes, get it to run right first, is my opinion before you fork out a bunch of cash for parts like tires and pads ect...

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Re: Starting point for a restoration - GL1100?

Postby mortiki » Mon Sep 27, 2010 7:26 pm

I have to agree, Once it is running then you can test other parts as you fix them. By the time you are done with rest of bike them motor is run in and running better. These bikes run better the more you run them. Also a spin around the block helps test new or repaired parts to make sure it is right. Not to mention you will be enjoying the ride sooner.
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Re: Starting point for a restoration - GL1100?

Postby outdoors4 » Mon Sep 27, 2010 11:50 pm

Thanx Guys, will do.

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Re: Starting point for a restoration - GL1100?

Postby Placerville » Fri Oct 01, 2010 1:38 pm

Before you do ANYTHING, change the timing belts. If you don't have positive proof that they've been changed within the last 5 years, consider it your first repair. This is critical. Next go here http://www.randakks.com/ and read the site cover to cover. No one knows more about early GLs than Randall Washington. Then, go here http://www.ngwclub.com/ and join the Naked Goldwing Club. You will be better off for it.
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Re: Starting point for a restoration - GL1100?

Postby outdoors4 » Fri Oct 01, 2010 1:43 pm

Ok, sounds like good advice!! Thank you, Will do timing belts first.

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Re: Starting point for a restoration - GL1100?

Postby dnehasert » Mon Oct 04, 2010 4:03 pm

You might check your ignition coils, I replaced one last year as it was bad. Got terrible mileage and a bit sluggish. Get a service manual , Clymer or Haynes to get started. Coils are easy to test with an ohmmeter. Doug

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Re: Starting point for a restoration - GL1100?

Postby outdoors4 » Tue Oct 05, 2010 12:06 am

Thanx Doug, I do have easy access to them at the moment so will check them this evening.

Thanks




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