Going to look at 85 LTD


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Going to look at 85 LTD

Postby tbeiler » Mon Sep 14, 2015 10:13 pm



Going to check out an 85 LTD in a few days, any info appreciated on what I need to look out for during inspection.
I;m assuming that stator is also an issue on the LTD as is my 86 Aspencade, also the three yellow wire plug. Any thing I can check out regarding the fuel injection to ensure its up to snuff.
Thanks in advance.



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Re: Going to look at 85 LTD

Postby Right Winger » Tue Sep 15, 2015 7:21 pm

:D I this a running bike or a fixer upper ?

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Re: Going to look at 85 LTD

Postby tbeiler » Tue Sep 15, 2015 7:44 pm

Appparently in very good running order, according to add.

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Re: Going to look at 85 LTD

Postby Right Winger » Tue Sep 15, 2015 8:00 pm

Good. How many miles on it ?

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Re: Going to look at 85 LTD

Postby tbeiler » Wed Sep 16, 2015 12:00 am

Bike has 140,000 km.

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Re: Going to look at 85 LTD

Postby Right Winger » Wed Sep 16, 2015 7:56 pm

tbeiler wrote:Bike has 140,000 km.


I guess that is about 87000 k in miles. Not really a lot of miles . My 1st LTD had 85000 when I got it in 09 and the one I just bought has 100000 + and I never heard it run YET ! . Look it over good check the stator plug put a volt meter on the battery rev to about 3000 see what you have . I think you'll be alright :D

I bought all three of my wings with problems knowing I was going to have to do things . As with mostly all the bikes i've ever owned going back to my first wing 75 GL 1000 in 1978. So if your handy with a wrench i'd go for it

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Re: Going to look at 85 LTD

Postby Right Winger » Thu Sep 17, 2015 9:54 pm

Here's the one I just went to look at and couldn't leave with out it. I paid 1000 US for it. It was missing the battery (left) side cover and the left mirror . Which I already had extra everything else was there even a complete tool kit and owners manual and a Haynes manual. Even had the bike cover in the trunk.
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Re: Going to look at 85 LTD

Postby wingman12 » Thu Sep 17, 2015 10:57 pm

Looks like a awesome bike. Hopefully it will not need much servicing to get it on the road. Any maintenance background in regards to the timing belts?

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Re: Going to look at 85 LTD

Postby Right Winger » Thu Sep 17, 2015 11:23 pm

Well I bought it as a no start. The PO bought it thinking it needed a starter . He didn't know how to work on it although he thought he could . He gave up on it and bought a bike from the Honda dealership ready to go . Some sort of cruiser. I got it to turn over by replacing the starter solenoid and replacing the dog bone fuses and putting in a new battery .

After, I discovered that it wasn't getting spark to the plugs . So after weeks of pinpoint testing and checking all the circuits and componets i find out I have a bad PG and Honda has discontinued the part . So after a couple weeks of research and scanning all the GW sites and fourms .

I find out the there are a few other options for this part like the PGs from a carb'd 1200 can be adapted to work on the Fuelie . So that's where I am at presently . The PG is under the right timing belt cover. Since I have to take the radiator off to gain access to it I might as well change out the timing belts as well.

I'm almost sure when I get it to start it will need a stator . I think the PO was told it needed a stator instead of a starter. When I asked him about the stator he asked me well wasn't the starter and the stator the same thing ? :lol: . But if it does that's OK i'll do it next year in the spring . This weekend I just want to hear it run

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Re: Going to look at 85 LTD

Postby tbeiler » Fri Sep 18, 2015 11:33 am

Hey thats the LTD I needed to find.
Looks awesome.

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Re: Going to look at 85 LTD

Postby Right Winger » Sat Sep 19, 2015 6:24 pm

Well I finally got it started today this morning in fact about 9:30 or so . I replaced the PG behind the R timimg belt cover and it fired right up. As I suspected it is going to need a stator . It isn't charging not the regulator either. That job wont happen intill next year sometime (got other things to do before winter) maybe Memorial day weekend . Just wanted to get it running so I can start it and jock it around from time to time .

I might even sell it before then I don't know . But I enjoyed tinkering with it to get it running . I learned alot about this FI system I didn't know that was really fun . The only thing I will do before too long is check the compression to see if it worth it or not .

Right now Im just doing to put it back together

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Re: Going to look at 85 LTD

Postby tbeiler » Sat Sep 19, 2015 6:36 pm

Well Right Winger, all is not lost , Im heading off early Sunday am to have a look see at another 85 LTD.
Here's hoping for a good one.

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Re: Going to look at 85 LTD

Postby Right Winger » Sat Sep 19, 2015 7:02 pm

Ok good let us know what it looks like . :D

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Re: Going to look at 85 LTD

Postby tbeiler » Mon Sep 21, 2015 6:16 am

Well had a good look at the 85 and test drove as well. Two broken mirror housings, trunk has some stress cracks and small piece missing, rear portion of left muffler fell off due to rust, no manual, no tool kit. Had additional fog lights added but wiring and one light still there but not working.Left handle controls for air compressor not working. Manual air valves were added for front and rear shocks. Seats good, but passenger arm rests both have tears. Bike needs TLC, as in good cleanup. No oil leaks. Dont know about timing belts.
Apparently a new stator from previous owner, bike started and stopped great, did smoke a bit at startup, but after riding it not evident. Two new tires. Looks like console display works well. Apparently cruise control works but didnt try it.
Bike drove decent, lots of power, more than my Aspy, a few rattles going over bumps.
All in all pretty decent, price is right at 1350 CAN. Still not sure if this is the bike for me, Id rather spend more on one that doesn't need anything. Still Undecided.

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Re: Going to look at 85 LTD

Postby Right Winger » Mon Sep 21, 2015 6:23 pm

Well 1350 CND is about 1000 US Ahhhhhhhhh I donno . It sounds like its a little ruff around the edges . You will spend alot more on one that doesn't need anything . I don't know how picky you are about detail or perfection . But if you like tinkering as I do and you're not in a hurry most of the parts can be found on Ebay from time to time.

As far as the timing belts go thats automatic you change them right off especially if you don't have a history on them . They all smoke a little on start up especially when been sitting awhile on the side stand.

The most exspensive parts to replace will be the exhaust and the trunk seem like everything else is minor . I'd think about it .

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Re: Going to look at 85 LTD

Postby donpauli » Wed Oct 07, 2015 12:54 am

Do a poboy alternator conversion to an LTD and never look at another stator problem again Good electrical supply does the electronics on this bike a world of good

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Re: Going to look at 85 LTD

Postby Whisky » Thu Oct 08, 2015 10:26 am

I am sorry I was late for the party. I was going to say Plus Generator. I replaced mine also. Looks like you lucked out and got a good bike. If you do tear it down make sure you replace the rubber stuff and check the water pump and if it is the oem change it out for a meatal one.




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