GL1100 Carb


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darklancer
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GL1100 Carb

Postby darklancer » Mon Jan 16, 2012 4:49 am



Hi
I own a 1981 Goldwing GL1100. She is currently in the shop as there is some work required that I cannot do. The mechanic who has looked at her says that the carbs have to be stripped down to be cleaned and he says that the engine has to be dropped to do this??
According to the workshop manual the carbs can be removed from the top and without taking the engine out,... who is right??
My view is that he is wrong here but I would appreciate the feedback of anyone who has actually done this so I have an "absolute"!
Im starting to get the feeling that Im in danger of being ripped off here so want clarification of what is really required for this job.
Many Thanx



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D2D
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Re: GL1100 Carb

Postby D2D » Mon Jan 16, 2012 7:48 am

I've pulled the carbs off both my 77 & 78 GL1000's and it did NOT require pulling the engine out of the bike, he's not right. I would take a copy of your service manual and/or print out the steps from Raddakk's R&R and take it to him prior to him doing any work. If he insists on doing things his way, I'd take it to another shop.

On my GL1000s removing the carbs requires removing the air cutoff valve first. But on the GL1100s, the vacuum chambers #1 and #3 must be removed first. Then the rest of the carburetor assembly will slide out of the left side of the Gold Wing rather easily.

First, loosen the manifold clamps and remove the 8 manifold bolts. Then position the carb assembly to a position where you can reach the 4 screws that fasten the vacuum chambers to the carb bodies. Then remove the chambers, slides, and springs from #1 and #3. Once that's done you'll disconnect the throttle cables, choke cables, and fuel line between the plenum and fuel pump. Then the manifolds come off, and the carb assembly will come out through the left side of the motorcycle rather easily.

darklancer
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Re: GL1100 Carb

Postby darklancer » Mon Jan 16, 2012 11:42 am

Thanx for that D2D, much appreciated,.. BUT where do I find Raddacks R&R? Apologies but Im new to the forum and dont know my way around very well atm.
Thanx

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Re: GL1100 Carb

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jan 16, 2012 11:46 am

Being that in order to "drop" the engine (actually it slides out the side) you have to FIRST remove the carbs (they also slide out the side) I would have to call BS on your mechanic...and think about finding a new one.

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D2D
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Re: GL1100 Carb

Postby D2D » Mon Jan 16, 2012 2:16 pm

Here's a link for you darklancer that will help answer many of your questions regarding your ride .. Good luck and enjoy that GL1100. :D

http://www.randakks.com/TechTips.htm

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RBGERSON
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Re: GL1100 Carb

Postby RBGERSON » Mon Jan 16, 2012 2:38 pm

Find a new mechanic and/or get a shop manual and do it yourself it's not hard just detailed.
HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

FAIR WINDS,
RB

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Missourimike
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Re: GL1100 Carb

Postby Missourimike » Fri Feb 03, 2012 12:04 pm

Wondering how this job turned out. Hopefully, a mechanic who has knowledge of a Wing will be the one doing the work. For someone to NOT know how to get the carbs off simply, would this same person know the INSIDE of a Wing carb? Don't think so.
I've seen the results of a bona-fide motorcycle shop, given a Wing to work on, and the worthless junk they made of the carbs. Most Wings are older than the mechanic, who learned his trade on late model crotch-rockets. No where near the same machines!

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Re: GL1100 Carb

Postby darklancer » Fri Feb 03, 2012 2:01 pm

To update you on this one.
Following a meeting with the bike shop owner it was decided that if my trike was to remain within his premises it would require their senior mechanic working on it and that is what has happened. Tony (the mechanic now on my trike) is from the "old school" and he looks outside of the square to find solutions to problems. To date I have been very happy with his work and he is on target to get her on the road for after I get out of hospital (late April).
Many thanx to all who give their views on this post, it was useful to converse with the shop owner and be able to talk authoritatively about things.
Mike :D

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Re: GL1100 Carb

Postby scotterichmond » Fri Feb 03, 2012 2:50 pm

And thus the very reason I learned to do things myself, yes it helps that I am a mechanic, But even I had to start some place.

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Re: GL1100 Carb

Postby Missourimike » Fri Feb 03, 2012 5:42 pm

Glad to hear you have an old fellow on the job, or at least one who may have more experience than one who thinks "dropping the engine out" is the way to do this job :lol: . Let us know the final outcome. BOL to YOU.

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jab2of3
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Re: GL1100 Carb

Postby jab2of3 » Wed Feb 15, 2012 8:58 am

he is wrong. just did it with a freind on his gl1000 and will be doing my gl1100next.
thanks,
jeff

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Re: GL1100 Carb

Postby 1988jeep » Sun Mar 11, 2012 8:01 pm

I have a GL1100 and Ive pulled my carbs off my self just comes right off the top with a little twisting and Im not no macanic at all so watch this guy good luck im still have carb problems


on the ride of life I preferr to do it on a goldwing ride safe


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