set timing on 83 interstate


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glasshead
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set timing on 83 interstate

Postby glasshead » Tue Aug 30, 2011 9:58 pm



Is there a 'how to' on checking/setting the timing on an 83 Int. :?:

rich



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Re: set timing on 83 interstate

Postby RBGERSON » Wed Aug 31, 2011 7:56 am

Nope you can not adjust the timing on 1100's..well there are ways to move it a bit but no real adjustment. You can cheek the belts and see if the cam sprockets are set correctly..but that's about it.
HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

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lyleapgmc
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Re: set timing on 83 interstate

Postby lyleapgmc » Thu Sep 01, 2011 7:11 pm

If you suspect timing problems you should check the vacuum advance. Put a vacuum on it and see if it holds. Check the hose for breaks and leaks. There is also a mechanical advance but that is harder to check. Use a timing light. With the vacuum advance hose off and plugged, run the engine and observe the timing marks in the window on the left rear of the engine. The marks should move out of the window if the mechanical advance is working.

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Re: set timing on 83 interstate

Postby glasshead » Fri Sep 02, 2011 3:40 pm

I'm not having problems. Last summer I re-built my front brake master cylinder and front calipers and un plugged the brake line. This summer I just finished adjusting the valves, and am going to tackle synching the carbs soon. All from info on this forum. I was just going to let momentum carry me into MORE fun. But I don't NEED any more work. So NO adjustment for timing is a good thing. :) :)

Can't tell you enough how much I appreciate all your info. I used to work on my cars when I was in Highschool (1967) and beyond. For some reason working on the old Wing kind of takes me back to those days. Points, condensers, rotors and carburators. Setting the timing by twisting the distributor....... :roll:
Thanx again. I'm sure I'm not done with all your help yet.

rich

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HomeBru
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Re: set timing on 83 interstate

Postby HomeBru » Thu Sep 08, 2011 9:07 pm

lyleapgmc wrote:?.. run the engine and observe the timing marks in the window on the left rear of the engine. The marks should move out of the window if the mechanical advance is working.


If you're going to do this, you need a clear cover for the view hole or you'll spray oil everywhere. Guess how I know this!!!

lyleapgmc
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Re: set timing on 83 interstate

Postby lyleapgmc » Thu Sep 08, 2011 10:49 pm

Homebru,

I should have remembered that for the same reason you remembered it. :lol: :oops:

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Re: set timing on 83 interstate

Postby psp4956 » Sun Sep 11, 2011 10:22 am

anyone know where I can get the clear timeing port cover?

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Re: set timing on 83 interstate

Postby littlebeaver » Thu Sep 15, 2011 6:58 pm

I made a stand to check my timing, I removed the left front belt cover and put the marks on T-1 and start the engine it's easy to see it and when you throttle it you will see it advance using your timing light...I actually made my site cap cover using a 3/4 pvc adapter... I bought a 25mm die, and some lexan, and used some engine- new- ity ....ha ha




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