1985 goldwing interstate


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woodchuck61
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1985 goldwing interstate

Postby woodchuck61 » Thu Apr 11, 2013 8:43 am



Hello everybody____ I had a 1100wing for years> loved it like a child> had a heart attack and sold it!Now I am better OK--Bought a like new 1200 42K on it from a 77 yr> old gentleman who bought it new. Thats the history. It never leaked oil but he had the starter replaced and now does. Well i was going to do complete tune up< service this spring. ran great on the way home by the way. After sitting from late jan. starter would not turn motor. battery up. I rocked back and front in gear and started right up but what sounds like chatter from valve lash.Oil shows to be in good area.What do you guys think do service then see? I know the 1200 is self adjusting valves. thanks woodchuck61



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Re: 1985 goldwing interstate

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Apr 11, 2013 9:59 am

It sounds like normal stuff that needs TLC.
It may have had a little gas in a cylinder (hydrolock) and rocking in gear cleared it.Run the Sea Foam in the fuel system.
Clattering valves....OK..Run some Sea Foam in the oil right now as directed then change the oil and filter.
The lifter hydraulics may just have air bubbles.
Replace the timing belts...There cheap and you can use another brand (Gates from Napa) rather than the expensive OEM Honda ones.

The starter leaking oil is most likely a damaged "O" ring....Takes a bit of time to replace it.

Flush the old nasty brake fluid with new Dot 4....Having brakes is kinda nice to have...
Might as well do the clutch fluid while your at it.

Tend to the "3 yellow wires"....Charging system problems are common and need tending to ASAP.

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Re: 1985 goldwing interstate

Postby woodchuck61 » Thu Apr 11, 2013 10:59 am

Thank you!!!! I don"t feel so bad> just got back for napa! got everything and ordered what they didn"t have like belts. Got those #s from forum> Now what oil from napa> or another suggestion> thanks again!!! woodchuck61

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Re: 1985 goldwing interstate

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Apr 11, 2013 12:44 pm

In the mean time,while you wait for the belts,treat the existing oil with Sea Foam.
When you do a oil change,use your preferred oil for your area.
Here in the hot,I use 20w50 Castrol.
There are pages of discussion about oil.The best advice is to avoid anything that has friction modifiers in it.The bike has a wet clutch.
I've even run diesel motor oil...works fine too.
Those folks above the Mason Dixon line use 10w30.
The owners manual usually covers oil type and viscosity vs temp.

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Re: 1985 goldwing interstate

Postby gravygrabber » Fri Apr 12, 2013 6:20 pm

Why does everyone suggest sea foaming everything? Seems like the #1 suggestion for anything from a running problem to a leaky tire.

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Re: 1985 goldwing interstate

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Apr 12, 2013 6:32 pm

Almost :lol: It's kinda like a shot of dawn soap.Breaks up the sludge so it can be flushed out.
A simple oil change won't disturbed the accumulated gunk stuck to the bottom and crevices in the engine.

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Re: 1985 goldwing interstate

Postby redial » Fri Apr 12, 2013 8:32 pm

Why does everyone suggest sea foaming everything? Seems like the #1 suggestion for anything from a running problem to a leaky tire.


Havent you purchased your shares in SeaFoam yet? Everyone here has shares in the company :roll:, if you are on a good thing, stick to it!
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Re: 1985 goldwing interstate

Postby gravygrabber » Fri Apr 12, 2013 11:32 pm

redial wrote:
Why does everyone suggest sea foaming everything? Seems like the #1 suggestion for anything from a running problem to a leaky tire.


Havent you purchased your shares in SeaFoam yet? Everyone here has shares in the company :roll:, if you are on a good thing, stick to it!



It's not just here it's on every car and motorcycle forum I visit. I've never needed it yet I can't see why I would now. Stuff is probably some kind of Toluene mixture designed to empty the wallets of the masses when they can't figure out the real problem with their engine. I dunno I could be wrong but I doubt it.

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Re: 1985 goldwing interstate

Postby redial » Sat Apr 13, 2013 2:24 am

It is not available in Oz, so I do not have any direct experience with it. There is an Australian oil producer that makes a similar product, and I can use that. But I dont have any shares either.
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Re: 1985 goldwing interstate

Postby gravygrabber » Sat Apr 13, 2013 3:12 am

We have fuel induction cleaner at work I think I will try it first. You hook it to a vacuum line and run it slowly into the engine and it cleans the valves, piston tops. I'm thinking about using it. I have a boroscope so I'm thinking I'll take a picture inside the engine before and after and post it up.

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Re: 1985 goldwing interstate

Postby framickie » Sat Apr 13, 2013 4:28 am

thanks REDIAL, also in Oz, could you share the name of the similar product over here, appreciate the info

also continually read about SEAFOAM with great reviews but can only find it on eBay and shipping liquid (weight) is as much
as product
read many posts about it including ' make your own ' but would prefer to buy than make, last option

thanks
Frank

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Re: 1985 goldwing interstate

Postby wjnfirearms » Sun Apr 14, 2013 6:46 am

A lot of people negate the need for fuel system cleaners in both bikes and cars. The biggest issue that justifies them is the gas we are forced to use here in the US.

Using products like Seafoam and Lucas keeps the carbs and injectors cleaner and functioning better. It also helps keep deposits off of the valves. These products are not snake oil. They're worth the extra cost.


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