Tune Up

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Tune Up

Post by tulsadutch » Thu Jul 28, 2011 11:47 am

As I'm new to the Goldwing my new old ride a 1982 GL1100 I believe is in need of a tune up. I'm finding that due to its age no one in my area wants to do any kind of work on it. My question to you is:
What items should be checked on a tune up for that cycle, I have a service manual coming but I figure there is not a step-by-step detail for a tuneup in it.

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Re: Tune Up

Post by dingdong » Fri Jul 29, 2011 10:06 am

Hey tulsadutch. If you don't have any service records from the previous owner the first thing you might want to do is change the timing belts. Wings have what is called an interference engine and if a belt breaks the pistons will collide with the valves and damage will occur. Big $$$. Then change the oil, oil filter and all other fluids. (fork oil, rear end oil, coolant.) Put in new plugs. I would run some Seafoam (follow directions) through a tank of gas to clean out the carbs. Then change the fuel filter. There is more but I have to go to work now. Later!

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Re: Tune Up

Post by PAPete » Fri Jul 29, 2011 4:15 pm

Hi, there tulsa.

I'll add just one thing: When you look at the tires, don't just look at the tread. Pay attention to the date code also. If they're more than six years old, it would probably be a good idea to replace them, even if the tread is good.

Here's a good link that explains it clearly if you're not familiar with date codes.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiretech/ ... ?techid=11

Good luck, looks like a nice bike from here.
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Re: Tune Up

Post by RoadRogue » Fri Jul 29, 2011 11:21 pm

If you edit your profile info to include your location (city/state) you might find there is another member who lives nearby who can come over to offer help.

The above advice is very sound,timing belts are a must if you dont know their history.Plugs maybe wires,all fluids and filters.If you get stuck on anything specific just ask ,we love to help.

Ride safe, Todd
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