GL1200A Should the crash bars be touching the valve covers?


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GL1200A Should the crash bars be touching the valve covers?

Postby AaronzDad » Sat Oct 15, 2016 2:04 pm



Bought this thing used about three years ago and it's been a great ride.
Just a couple weeks ago I managed to lay it down on the left side at about 30mph going around a roundabout intersection - I think I hit the slick painted arrow on the pavement. The bike bounced around a bit before finally coming to a stop so it may have hit the engine crash bars, but if so it wasn't very hard because it was only scooting at about 5mph by that time.

No major damage done and I've fixed everything now... except the right side valve cover is dripping oil something terrible.

I have the gaskets and the little rubber rings for the bolts but when I was looking at the bike yesterday I noticed the engine crash bars seem to be actually pressing against the bottom of the valve covers on both sides. The bar going down past the covers has an indentation or kind of a "crushed" side right there so apparently it's designed to fit against the covers... but that just seems strange to me. I've searched online for photos, I've checked here and over on the goldwingfacts forums, and I've googled every phrase I can think of but I can't find any info about engine guard fitment.

Anyone else out there with an '87 GL1200A Aspencade who can check for me?

Thanks a million!



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Re: GL1200A Should the crash bars be touching the valve covers?

Postby detdrbuzzard » Sat Oct 15, 2016 5:44 pm

the crash bars on my old 1200 wing didn't touch the engine and neither did my friends, I was at his house earlier today looking over a 1200 wing he picked up a few months ago
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Re: GL1200A Should the crash bars be touching the valve covers?

Postby roadwanderer2 » Sat Oct 15, 2016 5:58 pm

the engine crash bars shouldn't be touching the valve cover, however they do sit very close to them. if you can remove the lower left fairing panel you'll see where they bolt up to the frame on the left front of the bike frame. they are held in place with a "U" bolt with 2 8 or 10 mm nuts and on the left lower engine mounting bolt under the motor and one bolt farther back on the bottom of the crash bar. if you can loosen those 2 bolts and the lower engine mounting bolts front and rear you might be able to pry the guard away from the cover and re tighten it.

if you cant move the crash bar by hand after its loosened, try using a wooden piece of 2 x 4 putting it between the crash bar and the valve cover and carefully pry it outward gently. once you have it moved outward, leave the 2 x 4 where it is and tighten it up. once tightened remove the 2 x 4 and see if the crash bar will stay where you have it.

if it won't stay where you want it you probably bent it. you'll have to remove it and bend both lower mounting brackets that are welded onto it back to where it belongs which should only be about a half inch or so. you can use a small hammer to tap the lower mounting brackets, front and rear back to where they are suppose to be. it might take a few tries to get it right, but im sure you can do it.

stuart.

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Re: GL1200A Should the crash bars be touching the valve covers?

Postby AaronzDad » Sun Oct 16, 2016 2:01 am

Yep, the right side crash bar was rubbing on the bottom edge of the valve cover. I added some shims to the top front mount point and moved it down and away a little.

Got the valve cover gaskets changed out this afternoon. Hopefully tomorrow I can take it for a test ride.

Thanks for the input!

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Re: GL1200A Should the crash bars be touching the valve covers?

Postby roadwanderer2 » Sun Oct 16, 2016 5:48 am

your very welcome. anytime.

stuart.




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