what goes where?

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what goes where?

Post by whimsmith » Thu Sep 08, 2011 7:04 pm

Hello to all, newbie here. Just found your site and wiped some sweat off my brow when I did. Looks great and looks like just what I'm gonna need. TIA.
Just bought a 1980 GL1100 and was kinda surprised to find out that, unlike all of my previous bikes, this monster actually has what passes for, a small car engine. Radiator, water pump, on board air compressor, drive shaft, etc. So far I've found most of these things, but I do have a simple question to ask: Right behind the motor, at the beginning of the drive shaft, just above the brake pedal is a filler hole for fluid. What kind of fluid goes here?
Like I said, I'm brand new to this, so I can guarantee you I will have more questions in the nearby future as I make friends with my new ride. Next up: questions about the front end, but not just yet.

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Re: what goes where?

Post by WingAdmin » Thu Sep 08, 2011 8:14 pm

I believe you're talking about the oil fill port:


Have a look at:

How to change your engine oil

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Re: what goes where?

Post by virgilmobile » Fri Sep 09, 2011 7:28 am

And on you belly,you can see the oil level window and wiper.It's just below the filler hole,to the right.Check the level on the center stand of course.

If it's new to you with a unknown maintenance history,here's a few things to check out.

Timing belts...Use NAPA gates belts..replace them..This is verrrrrry important.

Flush the entire brake system at least.A complete tear down and clean is even better.Just one of those safety things.

Make sure the tires are good enough to ride on.

You also hinted to the front end.....some of us know way too much about them.(been there done that)

Stay within a mile or 2 of home on the maiden test rides.They are difficult at best to push.

Take a 6,8,10,12,14mm BOX END wrench with you always.The tools for tightening bolts and loosening brake bleeders.

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Re: what goes where?

Post by whimsmith » Fri Sep 09, 2011 6:46 pm

Thanks for the info on the oil, and added info on filter etc., great descriptions and photos. Also, as to all the other things, brake calipers have been done, new tires etc. Haven't checked the timing belt yet, but soon. I've not used to too many metric tools, but always carried them with the Harley and especially the Trumpets; absolute necessities. Also bailing wire and duct tape though I don't know if they work on Hondas, we'll see.
Thanks again, and looking forward to learning everything I can about this bike. You'll be hearing from me again.

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Re: what goes where?

Post by riffraff » Sat Sep 10, 2011 2:44 pm

Baleing wire and duct tape are good for anything but fortunately wings don't need them if you're up on your maintenance. Very reliable ride.

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Re: what goes where?

Post by wing_newb » Sat Sep 10, 2011 10:30 pm

Hey whim,
You probably already know this but when you mentioned you would check the timing belt. The only problem with checking the timing belt is that a very old one looks exactly the same as a brand new one. If you have any question, just change it. The previous owner of my bike already had to put a new engine in it for that reason.

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