valve covers??


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valve covers??

Postby made2care » Wed Dec 17, 2014 11:10 am



I do not know much about the inner workings of a motorcycle. I'm really just do the cosmetic stuff and have never taken apart any portion of an engine. Here's my question: I assume the side covers on my gl1200 are valve covers, is that correct? I am wanting to paint these, paying attention to detail on the 1200 numbers. can i remove these covers? it appears as though there is some kind of rubber gasket, would i have to replace this if i remove the cover. Is it dry inside?
You can cleary see I have no idea what i am doing here.
thanks for your help.



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Re: valve covers??

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Dec 17, 2014 4:21 pm

made2care wrote:I do not know much about the inner workings of a motorcycle. I'm really just do the cosmetic stuff and have never taken apart any portion of an engine. Here's my question: I assume the side covers on my gl1200 are valve covers, is that correct? I am wanting to paint these, paying attention to detail on the 1200 numbers. can i remove these covers? it appears as though there is some kind of rubber gasket, would i have to replace this if i remove the cover. Is it dry inside?
You can cleary see I have no idea what i am doing here.
thanks for your help.


Those are valve covers, and they cover (believe it or not) the valves. You can remove them, there will be a small amount of oil that drains out, but not much. They are designed to be removed regularly in order to adjust the valves, so the gaskets are reusable - unless they are in really bad shape, you can reuse them. You will want to buy a torque wrench so that you can torque the bolts to the correct amount when you tighten them back into place.

You can see the procedure done (on an 1100, which is virtually identical in this regard) on this page: How to adjust your valve clearances

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Re: valve covers??

Postby made2care » Wed Dec 17, 2014 5:06 pm

Is it true on the gl1200's you don't have to adjust the valves ?

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Re: valve covers??

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Dec 17, 2014 5:15 pm

made2care wrote:Is it true on the gl1200's you don't have to adjust the valves ?


Correct. They are hydraulic valves, which makes them self-adjusting. The block (and covers) are the same as the GL1100 though. The GL1200 exhaust valves need the collet centered, but that's relaly a one-time thing, it doesn't need to be done regularly like valve clearances.

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Re: valve covers??

Postby redial » Wed Dec 17, 2014 7:02 pm

Hey, Made2Care, you're still dressing that girl of yours?

You are not trying to put some lipstick on a pig now, are you? It is a GW after all, well it was. At least she has fine clothes, even if they are a bit tarty!

I have just purchased a torque wrench, half inch drive, for AU$22 (about US$20), with three sockets, and it seems to do the job. It was made in China, but it is to German specs, so hopefully it will last more than two uses.
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1981 GL1100 - "The Wanderer"

Re: valve covers??

Postby made2care » Wed Dec 17, 2014 7:31 pm

Yes I am still in the process of dressing her.. Your GW will be wanting a date with her when she is done :P
Update pics coming soon. :D My torque wrench was a bit pricey, but boy its come in handy !

P.s Thank you Wingadmin again for helping with info and also being so prompt.

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Re: valve covers??

Postby oldishwinger » Wed Dec 17, 2014 8:05 pm

take care when torguing the valve covers the bolts have a lip, that are designed not to allow to much pressure to be brought to bear on the heads.

bring all the bolts down evenly, against a new gasket, also replace the grommets that sit around the bolt head.




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