adjusting timing chain slack

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adjusting timing chain slack

Postby bigbusman1 » Fri Sep 09, 2011 10:58 am

Anyone have info on adjusting timing chain on 81 GL1100 have a little rattling noise cycle set up for long time before I aquired it

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Re: adjusting timing chain slack

Postby RoadRogue » Fri Sep 09, 2011 9:40 pm

There is no timing chain on your bike, there are two timing belts right up front. If you dont know the age of those belts its time to change them out. The noise you are hearing is the primary chain (no adjustment available). It happens when you first start moving right? Time to set your valves and sync your carbs.
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Re: adjusting timing chain slack

Postby moffat » Sun Sep 11, 2011 4:52 am

These engines really need the carbs balanced as they will rattle if the cards are unbalalced, does the rattle go away as revs higer than tickover of 950 RPM. Before you do any thing get the carbs balanced .
I have just overhauled a 1980 manufactured ( 1982 registered) machine GL1100 engine to cure excessive smoking on the left hand cylinders and rplaced lots of parts including the HYVO primary cahin that had 1 inch of slack in it yet the engine did not rattle. The new chain has little slack at all. It appears that Mr Honmda made several modifications around the primary chain area with some having a tensioner ( as mine has) and some not. I also have a GL1000 without the primary chain tensioner fitted and it sounds like a bag of spanners if the carbs are out of balance.!!

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