1983 GL1100 STARTER REPLACEMENT PROBLEM


Information and questions on GL1100 Goldwings (1980-1983)
  • Sponsored Links
User avatar
stevenstrack
Posts: 96
Joined: Mon Apr 26, 2010 4:16 pm
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Motorcycle: 1983 GL1100I

1983 GL1100 STARTER REPLACEMENT PROBLEM

Postby stevenstrack » Tue Mar 15, 2011 8:21 pm



So i'm following the link in the " how to remove rebuild a starter " section but I don't seem to have enough clearance to remove the old starter. I took the shifter lever off and started to un-bolt my exhaust (I need to remove some remaining aft bolts off the exhaust I think to get the clearance). I still seem to be lacking just an inch or less to back the starter out. I think my next step is to take the left cage (guard) off. Wife is nagging me so I had to stop :evil: . Oh and I almost lost the cog off the chain :o ...scary several minutes until i was able to keep it together and bolt the old starter back up :D . I just don't see how the starter can easily be removed without un bolting the guard and dropping the exhaust unless some how my starter is longer that the normal starter. Can I be missing something beside a few loose head bolts?? If I could just get this monster out without removing the engine i would be very happy. HELP I NEED GUIDANCE OR A BEER!!



billburnett
Posts: 1
Joined: Mon Apr 11, 2011 9:42 pm
Location: Canada
Motorcycle: 1983 GL1100I Interstate

Re: 1983 GL1100 STARTER REPLACEMENT PROBLEM

Postby billburnett » Mon Apr 11, 2011 10:17 pm

Honestly my friend, I think a case of beer is in order.

User avatar
RBGERSON
Posts: 2625
Joined: Tue Mar 09, 2010 7:57 am
Location: SCOTTSDALE, AZ
Motorcycle: 98 SE GL 1500
had every year from 75 to 83

Re: 1983 GL1100 STARTER REPLACEMENT PROBLEM

Postby RBGERSON » Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:01 am

Well..if someone put a 1000 starter or an after market one in there they are longer and won't come out w/o removing the inside rear exhaust stud. BUT if it's an original 1100 it does come out with just removing the shifter..it just takes a little wiggle and just the right angle to pop it free. Hard to tell if you have a longer one w/o having it out and compare to the stock one..It's about 1/8" difference between the two..and it's in the center case..that's longer.

The key is to push it back raise the front of the starter and tilt the rear/spline end down just a bit and it swings out..
HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

FAIR WINDS,
RB

goldtr6c
Posts: 147
Joined: Tue May 11, 2010 11:17 am
Location: Hitchcock, Tx
Motorcycle: 1985 GL1200 LTD
1982 GL1100 STD
1976 GL1000 "800lb Canary"

Re: 1983 GL1100 STARTER REPLACEMENT PROBLEM

Postby goldtr6c » Wed Apr 13, 2011 12:00 pm

I ditto rbgersons answer. I just tried to put a GL1000 starter in my 1100 and that extra 1/8" will keep it from going in. Since my truck was down, I ended up putting the fresh brush assembly from the 1000 starter into my 1100 starter as I needed my bike now.

User avatar
stevenstrack
Posts: 96
Joined: Mon Apr 26, 2010 4:16 pm
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Motorcycle: 1983 GL1100I

Re: 1983 GL1100 STARTER REPLACEMENT PROBLEM

Postby stevenstrack » Wed Apr 13, 2011 2:42 pm

So I assume that the starter I'm replacing is after market. I haven't attempted to remove it as the weather has been pretty good for riding and obviously it still works. Thanks for all the feedback. This helps clear up my questions.

User avatar
tg02z71
Posts: 11
Joined: Fri Apr 30, 2010 7:22 pm
Location: Richfiled, Wisconsin
Motorcycle: 1983 Aspencade GL1100
1992 FZR1000

Re: 1983 GL1100 STARTER REPLACEMENT PROBLEM

Postby tg02z71 » Mon Apr 18, 2011 11:34 pm

Just did my starter a couple weeks ago on my 1983 Aspencade. No need to remove anything at all beside a couple screws.
I loosened the shift lever, removed the screw that pinches it on the shift shaft and slid the sift lever out about 3/8" and the starter came out and went back in with some minor wiggling. A little tricky but very doable.
Good luck.

User avatar
stevenstrack
Posts: 96
Joined: Mon Apr 26, 2010 4:16 pm
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Motorcycle: 1983 GL1100I

Re: 1983 GL1100 STARTER REPLACEMENT PROBLEM

Postby stevenstrack » Thu Apr 28, 2011 7:44 am

This morning I finally removed my starter and it was very easy after I removed the inboard exhaust stud. I ordered a stud removal kit (best investment) P/N SUN8804M for $24.16 off the internet and the stud came right out. I made sure the bike was on the side stand to make sure I wouldn't loose the chain off the sprocket, took off the shifter and LH crash bar, dropped the pipes from LH side. With the stud removed the starter came right out with ease, I'm not sure if this is an aftermarket starter that was previously installed but without removing the stud I could not get her out. Thanks all to have posted responses to my problems. This site is awlsome!




Return to “GL1100 Information & Questions”




Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest