Engine removal 86 interstate

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Engine removal 86 interstate

Postby Iaustin » Mon Sep 02, 2013 5:55 pm

How hard to remove engine and replace stator

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Re: Engine removal 86 interstate

Postby HALBUDD » Mon Sep 02, 2013 8:22 pm

From what I have seen the hard part is getting the carbs off,if you go to the manuals at the top of this page you can download the 86 manuals and see if it shows how to remove the motor. There are also good manuals that you can buy Clymers or Haynes. Have you looked into the poorboy alternator job,you dont have to pull the motor and you will have alot more power as the old stators did not have very much power to begin with.------------------Hal
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Re: Engine removal 86 interstate

Postby the great dane » Wed Sep 11, 2013 4:09 pm

i just have been throu this i find that puttn in the engine was more hard then the carbs, all though i have the problem now that it wont start im not sure why is it the timing is it the coil ? ! anyway as long as ur handy with mecanic work you will be fine best thing is to go on youtoube there is one video on the removel godd luck !

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Re: Engine removal 86 interstate

Postby jpmurphy » Fri Sep 27, 2013 1:36 pm

Just replaced the stator on my 86 1200I.My son did 99% of the mechanical work. I had to start by dropping the exhaust and then removing everything starting with the rear bumper all the way up to the rear engine cover. Then the entire engine came out. We use a motorcycle jack and a bottle jack. The left swing arm bolt requires a special Honda tool. My son made one that worked perfectly except we were unable to re-torque the bolt correctly. I think this is a labor intensive job. Pulling the engine and replacing it took 3 guys.

If I ever have to do this again, I will not. It, or any other Honda I have will go to the shop and I'll just bite the bullet on the cost.

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Re: Engine removal 86 interstate

Postby Fatwing Chris » Wed Oct 02, 2013 10:41 am

I did my 84 in approx. 10 hours total by myself.I am a licensed auto-tech and had done a Wing motor swap before although it was not a 1200.I had swapped an 1100 into my 75 so I kind of knew where to go.
If I'da known it would last this long,I'da taken better care of it.
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Re: Engine removal 86 interstate

Postby seasicksid » Tue Oct 29, 2013 7:12 pm

I removed my 1984 gl1200 Interstate engine complete apart from the timing belt covers. Took seat and dummy tank off. Removed front fairing and radiator. Hoisted whole bike up with block and tackle. Removed exhausts and left hand frame. Put a workmate bench under the bike and lowered it onto it. Removed rest of engine mounts, cables, pipes and wires. Pulled engine forward as far as poss then lifted the bike clear of the engine with the hoist. Simples


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Re: Engine removal 86 interstate

Postby seasicksid » Sat Nov 02, 2013 11:36 pm

I've just replaced my engine using the same method in reverse. Single man operation. No fuss or struggle

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Re: Engine removal 86 interstate

Postby mothballs » Sun Nov 03, 2013 9:01 pm

Removing and reinstalling the engine from the gl1200 is not overly difficult if your some what mecnanically inclined, I'm neither a auto or bike mechanic and I've removed/reinstalled the engine from my '85 interstate(4 times) and my '86 sei once, all for stators, the secret is just keep yourself organized, the first time I did it I labeled every part and bolt and had them neatly laid out down either side of the garage. It's better if you have someone with you when you actually remove the engine from the frame to help balance it on a floor jack, though I have done it on my own, it is very heavy, in the neibourhood of 250-270 lbs.
Get a manual, clymers or hayes, as they are a great help. I was very nervous the first time I did it but it doesn't worry me now!! Hope this gives you a little more confidence and good luck!!! :D

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Re: Engine removal 86 interstate

Postby Coolride » Mon Nov 04, 2013 7:22 am

Once you have a lift, it's just wrenching. I welded up a metal platform on an old floorjack, and rolled the engine right under the bike.Could use two people to hold it stable, but you know how that goes, everyone disappears that day. I had the heads off for valve lapping, and the more you have off the front of the engine, better the clearance.

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