1984 Aspencade sat since 2003, what am I in for ?


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1984 Aspencade sat since 2003, what am I in for ?

Postby Silverado06 » Mon May 12, 2014 9:37 pm



Hello folks and thank you for this site.
I just picked up a 1984 Aspencade from the original owner that parked the bike in 2003 and due to health reasons he has not ridden it since.
The bike was very well maintained but he did leave the old fuel in the tank and it has not been started since 2004.
I did remove all the old fuel from the tank and put some fresh premium in (10 litres) with half a can of Seafoam mixed in as well.
Installed a new battery and changed the fuel filter and tried cranking the bike just to see if it would fire. No joy there but I expected that.
The fuel pump seems to be working but it doesn't seem to draw fuel through the filter from the tank, it does the clicking while engine is cranking but is not pulling fuel through to the carbs. I did remove the petcock and it is free and clear.
I ran out of time to try blowing out the orifice where the petcock attaches to the fuel tank.
I did get the bike to fire with some starting fluid sprayed into the air intake on the airbox so I do know the engine has spark, and I am quite excited about that.
Is there a way to clear out the fuel pickup in the tank on these bikes ?
Should the carburators be removed and cleaned ?
Should I replace the fuel pump ?

Any and all advice will be greatly appreciated, I am determined to get this machine running.

Former Connie owner, current K1200LT owner along with many bikes including a 1981 CBX that I rode for 18 years.
I do all my own wrenching but the Goldwing is a new animal for me.

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Re: 1984 Aspencade sat since 2003, what am I in for ?

Postby WingAdmin » Tue May 13, 2014 8:40 am

If it has sat for 11 years without being started, before doing anything else, I would change the timing belts! Before cranking it again.

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Re: 1984 Aspencade sat since 2003, what am I in for ?

Postby Silverado06 » Tue May 13, 2014 2:21 pm

Well it's up and running.

New fuel filter and removed the petcock and blew out the vent tube (it was pretty plugged).
Filled the carbs with seafoam and premium gas (50/50). fired up and stumbled and smoked but it cleared right up after about 5 minutes but it does only run on the choke for now but does seem to be clearing up.
The radiator fan cycled a few times and the coolant temp is nominal.

I'll fill the carbs with seafoam again and let it sit overnight and repeat the process tomorrow afternoon.
If it still stumbles off Idle I'll pull the carbs and give them a proper cleaning.

I just wanted to get it running to see what I've got here.

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Re: 1984 Aspencade sat since 2003, what am I in for ?

Postby WingAdmin » Tue May 13, 2014 10:45 pm

Silverado06 wrote:Well it's up and running.

New fuel filter and removed the petcock and blew out the vent tube (it was pretty plugged).
Filled the carbs with seafoam and premium gas (50/50). fired up and stumbled and smoked but it cleared right up after about 5 minutes but it does only run on the choke for now but does seem to be clearing up.
The radiator fan cycled a few times and the coolant temp is nominal.

I'll fill the carbs with seafoam again and let it sit overnight and repeat the process tomorrow afternoon.
If it still stumbles off Idle I'll pull the carbs and give them a proper cleaning.

I just wanted to get it running to see what I've got here.



Seriously, honestly, if you wish to keep that engine, you really, truly need to change the timing belts before running it again. The belts have sat in one position for over ten years, that is REALLY bad for them. Break a timing belt (which is bound to happen) and you can easily destroy the engine.

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Re: 1984 Aspencade sat since 2003, what am I in for ?

Postby Silverado06 » Tue May 13, 2014 11:58 pm

I will be changing the timing belts.
Found a good tutorial on youtube.

Seems pretty straight forward, thank you for the advice.




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