GL1100 engine rebuild & parts question


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GL1100 engine rebuild & parts question

Postby 37jaydog » Mon Apr 11, 2011 9:59 am



Here is the deal I am rebuilding a 1981 GL1100 and will admit i took it apart 2 years ago. I am putting it back together now and at a point where it appears I am missing a part. I am asking did all these engines come with what is called a primary oil shield that is located so that it cups around the bottom end of primary chain drive from the crank to the drive train. The reason why I am asking is because reading through the manual I can't see how it is connected to the block in conjunction with the chain guide (as it says you can disconnect & connect this part with both the crank & drive train still in the block). The manuals do not show a great picture of these steps just basically describes how to do it and to top it all off it is the only part i am missing so this is why i am questioning myself. I am mechanically inclined and rebuilt bike, snowmobile and car engines before.



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Re: GL1100 engine rebuild & parts question

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Apr 11, 2011 3:21 pm

Welcome to the site jaydog,

I don't have the answer for you unfortunately, as I haven't had my engine apart that much. I'm hoping someone will come along here shortly that will be able to help you out.

I know I have seen pictures of this area before of the engine that people have posted online when disassembling, you might want to do a Google image search for something like "gl1100 engine primary chain" and see if you get lucky.

I know your part of the world very well, my father grew up in Caledonia, and I still have lots of relatives there. I have many fond memories of the place. I have a few pictures that I took while flying over it a few years back...






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Re: GL1100 engine rebuild & parts question

Postby virgilmobile » Mon Apr 11, 2011 4:22 pm

I looked at my old 81 block.It does not have any primary shield.Just the 2 guides.and the oiler tube.See the attached pix.
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Re: GL1100 engine rebuild & parts question

Postby 37jaydog » Mon Apr 11, 2011 6:56 pm

Thanks for the pics that is exactly what my engine looks like and the pics of the overhead area as i am sure you have been told that most of that stuff is cleaned up now. I will take a look for images.
Thanks for thw tips.

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Re: GL1100 engine rebuild & parts question

Postby virgilmobile » Mon Apr 11, 2011 8:53 pm

I'm sure you know,but I'll mention it anyway.Do not use ANY silicone rtv sealer anywhere.It has a good chance of beading,coming loose and plugging up the oil passages.Other than that,rebuild to specs and it will run like specs.The hardest part is getting the 2 pistons back in the holes without breaking a ring.Be careful.

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Re: GL1100 engine rebuild & parts question

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Apr 12, 2011 10:20 am

virgilmobile wrote:I'm sure you know,but I'll mention it anyway.Do not use ANY silicone rtv sealer anywhere.It has a good chance of beading,coming loose and plugging up the oil passages.Other than that,rebuild to specs and it will run like specs.The hardest part is getting the 2 pistons back in the holes without breaking a ring.Be careful.


A ring compressor is cheap insurance against this - also helps to keep from gouging the soft aluminum block, and makes inserting the piston a snap. You can find them for around $10 or so.

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Re: GL1100 engine rebuild & parts question

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Apr 12, 2011 12:07 pm

Yea,I remembered that at 6:30 Saturday night.You know this is a "one stop-no stock "shopping area.I just muscled it through the tapered steel sleeve.It wasn't to bad.Just took extra care and jiggling to get the pistons in the jugs.




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