Timing belts,,, again


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Timing belts,,, again

Postby jeffm » Thu May 20, 2010 4:08 pm



Hate to beat a dead horse here but I keep reading different opinions. Does the radiator need to be pulled to change timing belts? I really hate the idea of pulling more stuff off to just change the belts. I know I have to drain the system but I can't even find the cap without tearing everything apart. Can I drain what I can, pull the bottom hose and pull the radiator out a bit? I guess my go jump in and do it is about worn out at my age. Help. :D



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Re: Timing belts,,, again

Postby djoyner » Thu May 20, 2010 6:50 pm

Jeffm, I'm not the greatest wrench in the world, but I think it would be very difficult to change the timing belts without removing the radiator. In my opinion, if you go the trouble of removing the lower hose and moving the radiator forward, it's not that much more to remove the upper hose and remove the radiator completely. I changed my timing belts and removing the radiator only took an additional 45 minutes (well worth the possible aggravation of trying to install the belts with the radiator in place. Just my .02.
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Re: Timing belts,,, again

Postby jeffm » Thu May 20, 2010 9:21 pm

I'm sure you're right. I just look at what I need to remove to get to it. I have this fear of not getting it back together. In my younger days I could tackle stuff. I have removed some of the lower fairing but I can't even see the radiator cap. I just shutter. :roll:

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Re: Timing belts,,, again

Postby djoyner » Fri May 21, 2010 6:14 am

You will need to remove the false tank in order to get to the radiator cap. The false tank is really easy to remove (I think it's about four bolts and you do need to remove the seat, which is another four bolts).
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Re: Timing belts,,, again

Postby WingAdmin » Fri May 21, 2010 9:53 am

When I did my belts, I had the same opinion - I really didn't want to remove my radiator, which involved draining and replacing coolant, pulling the false tank...so I did them without removing the radiator. It took twice as long and caused a lot of skinned knuckles and lost blood, but I did it, so I know it's possible.

Would I do it again? Not a chance. At the very least, I'd drain the coolant and disconnect the lower hose, remove the lower radiator bolts and loosen the uppers, then pull the radiator well forward to get at the timing belt covers. That's probably what I would do today.

This is for the GL1100, but most of it will apply:

How to replace your radiator hoses

How to remove and replace your false tank

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Re: Timing belts,,, again

Postby jdvorchak » Tue Jun 01, 2010 11:16 am

First time I changed the belts on my 84 Interstate I just removed the lower rad hose and rad bolts. Then swiveled the radiator forward enough to get to the timing cover bolts. Yes you can do it but kinda cramped in there and you have to constantly move from one side to the other to check the timing marks. PIA. Second time I did it on an 84 STD and just removed the radiator. It was much easier and a lot faster! Think about it you are only one upper radiator hose clamp away from removing the radiator anyway.

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Re: Timing belts,,, again

Postby jeffm » Tue Jun 01, 2010 1:02 pm

I did remove the radiator but poked 2 holes in it when I put it back in. :lol:

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Re: Timing belts,,, again

Postby fredandfred » Wed Jun 02, 2010 10:37 pm

I also had left the anti freeze out and I thought I had it out of the way but not according to our dog who lapped it up. Quick run to the emergency room for doggies, 3 days in the hospital and $1800 later he is back home. Timing belt change sure was expensive.




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