1987 1200 Interstate Head Bearing Change


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kitesurfer805
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1987 1200 Interstate Head Bearing Change

Post by kitesurfer805 » Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:31 pm



I have a 1987 Goldwing Interstate that needs new a new head main steering bearing. Spend some time on the internet looking for how to information and there really is none specific to the 1200. There is one for the 1500 and they say the 1200 is just like it but that is not necessarily true. Once everything is out of the bike then it's probably true but not until then. The hard part which no one tells you about is getting the 3T out. For starters the Clymer manual says to take the entire fairing off which I did not want to do, by the way that manual sucks for this job. The first obstacle was the lower shield at the bottom of the 3T. I spend over 2 hours trying to figure out how to get the thing out. It is bolted in with 3 bolts and 2 screws. You cannot really get the wrench in there to take the bolts off either but I finally got it done, not sure if I will be able to get it back together again but that is for another day. If you ever do this job that is a huge PIA, maybe if you take the fairing off it easier but it certainly not with it on. I will attach a picture of the cover.

The issue I am currently having is removing the front forks. I have everything stripped down and they should slide right out but of course they don't. The pinch clamps are plenty loose and I have spread the clamp so it should be loose. There is very little instruction about how the air system works and how it goes on and off. As best I can tell the forks should just slide out and then you deal with the air equalization system. Again right now I have the pinch clamps loose and have been beating the top of the shock and nothing is happening, the shock is not coming free. Can anybody tell me if I have something still connected or what to do from here. This is very frustrating.
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Re: 1987 1200 Interstate Head Bearing Change

Post by kitesurfer805 » Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:33 pm

This picture is from the bottom looking up.
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Re: 1987 1200 Interstate Head Bearing Change

Post by Rednaxs60 » Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:04 pm

Give the forks a tap with a wood dowel on the fork caps. They will loosen and slide out. There is a small stop ring on the forks as well. This will have to be removed before you take the fork out of the lower part of the triple tree. Don't loose this small clip.

There are three pinch bolts, one in the top and two in the bottom. Noticed that the lower bracket does not have the pinch bolts - there are 2 per side - loosened.

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Re: 1987 1200 Interstate Head Bearing Change

Post by kitesurfer805 » Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:37 pm

I took the seat and the fake tank off and it gave me some more room. I figured out my problem with the shock removal or at least part of it. Turns out there are 2 bolts in the bottom pinch clamp so once I figured that out the shock is now loose but the air management system is a problem. How do I disconnect that from the shock?

I do not see a stop ring so not sure about that either. Is it near the top or the bottom?
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Re: 1987 1200 Interstate Head Bearing Change

Post by kitesurfer805 » Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:47 pm

I figured out the air management system. I put the long screw back in the connect the air management system to the 3T and then tap with a dowel and it slide out. Apparently the air management system is suppose to stay connected to the 3T for now.

Now I can see the little snap ring. How do I get that apart? Use a small screw driver and get it to split and slide up?

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Re: 1987 1200 Interstate Head Bearing Change

Post by kitesurfer805 » Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:53 pm

I used a pick tool and got the snap ring off and have successfully removed one shock. Now on to the other one. I will post some pictures when I am done with this part of the repair for anyone else who might try to do this.

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Re: 1987 1200 Interstate Head Bearing Change

Post by kitesurfer805 » Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:43 pm

According to the manual I need to remove the ignition switch? Do I really have to remove it?

How does the angle sensor removal work. The book says to pull the sensor down but it doesn't want to come down. There is a little slack but only about 1/4 to 1/2 inch which is not enough to see anything. I am afraid to pull to hard and then cause something to break. Any body have advice on how this comes apart?

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Re: 1987 1200 Interstate Head Bearing Change

Post by kitesurfer805 » Sun Nov 12, 2017 7:25 pm

I got them both off. I'll add pics later. Trying to figure out how to make a tool to take the head nut off

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Re: 1987 1200 Interstate Head Bearing Change

Post by kitesurfer805 » Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:39 pm

I will summarize in case someone has to do this. It was much better after I took off the seat and the fake tank, there was more room to see and work. You don't need to take the whole fairing off. It still remains to be seen if I can get that bottom cover back together. The air equalizer system stays connected until after the shock is removed. Pound the shock down and the clip will be visible, it easy to remove I used a pick and popped it out. After that you need to peel back the sleeve on the wire going through the 3T to the angle sensor. It didn't seem like I would ever work the sleeve back far enough but eventually I got there. After peeling back you can pull the angle sensor down far enough to disconnect it, that part I do remember from the video. Once that is out of the way you can disconnect the air management system and remove that. The ignition switch is easy, you can access two bolts from the bottom and it unbolts and slides down and then you can move out of the way.

Was going to try to make a special socket but found one on amazon for $46 so I instead. I will work on the shocks until it shows up.
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