-81 GL1100 Originated in Texas, USA


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-81 GL1100 Originated in Texas, USA

Postby ivsolhau » Wed Feb 02, 2011 10:11 am



Hello GoldWing fans :)

In june 2010 I baught my first GoldWing, imported from the state of Texas. Here in Norway, the season is quite short, running from april/may througout sept/oct. I was planning on postpone registering my lovely GL1100, as it's 30 years old this year and concidered veteran, reducing the register fee by $7-800.

This winter I've stripped down my bike, as it was pretty worn down by the sunny Texan sunny weather. I'm planning on giving a nice, new, blach/dark purple metallic paintjob, after sanding, sanding, sanding and finally, sanding! ;)

One problem I've run into are the front brakes!
I cannot seem to get them working like they should. I've tried bleeding the system, no luck. No leaks, and I've changed brake fluid to DOT4. I can press the brake lever all the way in, but it still won't work properly.
I'm afraid perhaps the tube/hose (sorry for my bad english :p) might be old and worn?

Do I have to buy brand new ones, and will I find complete sets for both left and right sides?

Should I also replace the rear brake hoses too?

Would appreciate if someone could guide me to a good GoldWing site/store where I can find parts for a reasonable price :) They would of course have the possibility to ship it to Norway, Europe.

Thanx in advance

Iver



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Re: -81 GL1100 Originated in Texas, USA

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Feb 02, 2011 10:17 am

I had trouble bleeding the brakes on my GL1100 as well, until I got a vacuum bleeder (which sucks the fluid out the bleed nipple). That made bleeding a quick and simple process. What process are you using to bleed your brakes now?

Replacing my brake lines with stainless braided lines was the single best upgrade I made to my GL1100. It improved braking performance immeasurably.

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Re: -81 GL1100 Originated in Texas, USA

Postby miroku800 » Wed Feb 02, 2011 10:30 am

ivsolhau wrote:Hello GoldWing fans :)

In june 2010 I baught my first GoldWing, imported from the state of Texas. Here in Norway, the season is quite short, running from april/may througout sept/oct. I was planning on postpone registering my lovely GL1100, as it's 30 years old this year and concidered veteran, reducing the register fee by $7-800.

This winter I've stripped down my bike, as it was pretty worn down by the sunny Texan sunny weather. I'm planning on giving a nice, new, blach/dark purple metallic paintjob, after sanding, sanding, sanding and finally, sanding! ;)

One problem I've run into are the front brakes!
I cannot seem to get them working like they should. I've tried bleeding the system, no luck. No leaks, and I've changed brake fluid to DOT4. I can press the brake lever all the way in, but it still won't work properly.
I'm afraid perhaps the tube/hose (sorry for my bad english :p) might be old and worn?

Do I have to buy brand new ones, and will I find complete sets for both left and right sides?

Should I also replace the rear brake hoses too?

Would appreciate if someone could guide me to a good GoldWing site/store where I can find parts for a reasonable price :) They would of course have the possibility to ship it to Norway, Europe.

Thanx in advance

Iver

Two places you can try for parts

http://www.goldwing.nl/renswoude/index_eng.php?topnav=HOME&idCode=index_eng&subidCode=&photo=
and
http://www.davidsilverspares.co.uk/

HTH Rob

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Re: -81 GL1100 Originated in Texas, USA

Postby ivsolhau » Wed Feb 02, 2011 11:16 am

I thank you both for quick and informative response, I'll check out both.
For the bleeding, I only tried to "pump" the fluid out the open nipple, close the nipple and do it over again, constantly adding brake fluid. I willl get a hold of a vacuum bleeder for sure, sounds like I've done this the wrong way :)


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Re: -81 GL1100 Originated in Texas, USA

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Feb 02, 2011 11:53 am

Not the wrong way...just the hard way. :)

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Re: -81 GL1100 Originated in Texas, USA

Postby littlebeaver » Wed Feb 02, 2011 3:04 pm

Yes, I just got a mity vac, cost a little more than the cheaper style one's but it's a great tool, you can check your vacuum advance with it too..It comes with all kinds of adapters.. :D

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Re: -81 GL1100 Originated in Texas, USA

Postby ivsolhau » Thu Feb 03, 2011 2:22 am

Thanx again for tool tips, I will surely get me one of those! :)

Really looking forward to this year's season! :)


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