'83 GL1100 coming out of storage


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'83 GL1100 coming out of storage

Postby KYWinger » Sun Mar 20, 2011 2:12 pm



:?: Question for the ones who might know......I've just acquired a low mileage '83 Apencade that has been in storage for the last 3 years; what are the recomended items to be replaced?
I'v already orded (from PartnMore) rebuild kits for all 3 calipers and both master cylinders.

I know I'll need to: change driveshaft lube (have on hand)
change fork oil
flush brakes
change oil/filter (have on hand)
change plugs (have on hand)
change fuel lines/filter (have on hand)

After I installed a new battery, drained the old gas out and cleaned the plugs, I could get the motor to run, but anytime I put it in gear and tried to put a load on it, it would just lay down.....I've been told that the carbs need to come off and be cleaned and/or rebuilt?

The folks in Chapter G (Northern KY) of the GWRRA really think highly of this forum....any and all suggestions to this newbie would REALLY be appreciated!

Thanks! John



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Re: '83 GL1100 coming out of storage

Postby 86GW1200 » Sun Mar 20, 2011 6:29 pm

Mine was down almost 8 years and the carbs/jets were completely gunked up. Take them off and rebuild/clean them up. Go slow and make sure they are operating room clean. I drive mine every day to work and just went on a 300+ mile ride on Saturday...Good luck and let us know how it turns out.

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Re: '83 GL1100 coming out of storage

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Mar 20, 2011 6:45 pm

They really don't like being left to sit - the more they are ridden, the happier they are. You can try running a whole can of Seafoam through a full tank of fresh gas to see if it helps, but I suspect you're going to be looking at pulling and overhauling the carbs.

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Re: '83 GL1100 coming out of storage

Postby tallman21 » Sun Mar 20, 2011 7:01 pm

KYwinger, i am having the exact same problem. luckily i only have one carb on my 80 gl1100. IM gonna try spraying it down with some carb cleaner and using the seafoam trick and letting it idle for a while to let it run through. Ill let you know how it cause incase it works and you dont have to mess with the carbs

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Re: '83 GL1100 coming out of storage

Postby cbach1981 » Mon Mar 21, 2011 5:43 pm

one thing I don't see on your list is timing belts. If they are of unknown age or mileage, it is recommended they be replaced, as they show no signs of any type until they snap. Then all hell breaks loose, along with the inside of your engine.
    You only need two tools in life - wd-40 and duct tape. If it doesn't move and should, use the wd-40. If it shouldn't move and does, use the duct tape!

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Re: '83 GL1100 coming out of storage

Postby KYWinger » Tue Mar 22, 2011 10:50 am

only 29K miles on the bike - do the timing belts need replacement?

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Re: '83 GL1100 coming out of storage

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Mar 22, 2011 2:12 pm

KYWinger wrote:only 29K miles on the bike - do the timing belts need replacement?


Could be only 29K miles on those belts (you can't say for sure), but you have to also consider that those belts could be 28 years old. I'd be changing them.

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Re: '83 GL1100 coming out of storage

Postby KYWinger » Wed Mar 23, 2011 6:08 am

Dang! OK; you guys know best.....it's only money.....LOL I'd rather spend a litlle now than a lot later..... thanks

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Re: '83 GL1100 coming out of storage

Postby tallman21 » Wed Mar 23, 2011 5:30 pm

KY i tried doing what i said and didnt really see much of a difference. Here is a video of after guys. See if you can figure it out. you can hear the hesitation and the engine bogging down.




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Re: '83 GL1100 coming out of storage

Postby RBGERSON » Sat Mar 26, 2011 8:36 am

That's not the OEM carbs..do you have a single carb conversion
HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

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Re: '83 GL1100 coming out of storage

Postby tallman21 » Sat Mar 26, 2011 8:39 am

yea i do. im gonna take it off and clean it here when the weather warms up

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Re: '83 GL1100 coming out of storage

Postby KYWinger » Mon Mar 28, 2011 11:45 am

Update: I've got all the plastic and all the chome off -- the chome shined up rather nicely with liberal use of elbow grease and chrome polish...

I started rebuilding brakes using Part n More kits - when I took off the first front caliper and dissasembled it, I found that the old brake fluid had turned to jelly.....LOL I'm just taking my time and cleaning like crazy (the grooves for the piston seals had MAJOR crud in them)

I'll finish all 3 caliper and both master cylinders then do the forks :?: :?: :?: Is it easier to just remove the forks and turm 'em upside down to get the old ATF out? I'm thinkin' that might be the best way to ensure I've gotten rid of all the old fluid....

I guess after that, I'll take a deep breath and pull the carbs... if the Honda gods are with me, maybe a good cleaning is all they need (he said with fingers and toes crossed)....

stay tuned for the further adventures of Papaw and his new toy.....

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Re: '83 GL1100 coming out of storage

Postby thrasherg » Mon Mar 28, 2011 3:48 pm

Just remember to take your time and enjoy it. It can be a real PITA but it will always be more pleasant if you treat it as a learning exercise and take your time. Plus if you have problems later on down the road, you know how it's built and works and it will be much easier to find a fix for your problem!! I would remove the forks and thoroughly clean them, you already have the calipers of so half the work is already done.. Put the bike on it's center stand and then something heavy in the top case top keep the front end in the air, then you can remove the wheel and forks.

Gary

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Re: '83 GL1100 coming out of storage

Postby KYWinger » Tue Mar 29, 2011 9:44 am

Put the bike on it's center stand Got it on a lift, so I'm go to go there....wheel is already off... based on the condition of the brake fluid, I'm wondering how bad the fork oil will look....I'll find out, I guess! LOL

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Re: '83 GL1100 coming out of storage

Postby KYWinger » Tue Mar 29, 2011 9:53 am

:?: :?: Another question - what have y'all found to be the best thing to use to polish up the forks? If I'm going to all this trouble, I may as well make things looks shiny also! LOL
thanks in advance for all you guys' help----- this site has been invaluable esp the picture how-to's !

Peace out-

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Re: '83 GL1100 coming out of storage

Postby KYWinger » Sun Apr 03, 2011 10:48 am

:D Thanks again for the highly detailed How-To's..... it is making my life MUCH MUCH easier as I' m fixing all the things on my self imposed "honey do" list....

This site is a life saver!

John




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