Starter change between 84-85 1200s ????


Information and questions on GL1200 Goldwings (1984-1987)
  • Sponsored Links
rrmiller73
Posts: 42
Joined: Tue Nov 10, 2009 12:16 pm
Location: Mt. Juliet, TN
Motorcycle: 1984 GL1200 Aspencade

Starter change between 84-85 1200s ????

Postby rrmiller73 » Wed Jan 26, 2011 6:18 pm



I'm prepping an 85 1200 engine to replace the engine in my 84 1200A. No starter with the 85. Pulled, cleaned up the starter from the 84. Tried to install it on the 85 and it doesn't fit correctly. It engages on the mount pad and into the chain gear but the bolt holes in the block don't line up. Looks like the starter needs to be about 3/8 in. longer. Wit h bolts lined up the oring on the drive end is exposed. Anyone have any info.??? Guess Ill go digging through the parts books and see what I can find out.



User avatar
HALBUDD
Posts: 846
Joined: Sat Aug 14, 2010 9:14 pm
Location: New Albany In
Motorcycle: 1984 gl1200a&1985GL1200A & 1996 gl 1500 aspy. us army 74-77

Re: Starter change between 84-85 1200s ????

Postby HALBUDD » Wed Jan 26, 2011 6:43 pm

I have read some posts that the 85 starter wont work on an 84 or vise versa ,could be wrong but Im sure some one else will chime in on this post Hal
A woman that can use tools is worth her weight in gold !!

User avatar
detdrbuzzard
Posts: 921
Joined: Thu Oct 23, 2008 5:54 am
Location: 42.23/83.33/636
Motorcycle: '84 aspencade,'93se
'75750.'79750/9k
'79 750f.'85450sc
'06 st1300a

Re: Starter change between 84-85 1200s ????

Postby detdrbuzzard » Wed Jan 26, 2011 8:52 pm

HALBUDD wrote:I have read some posts that the 85 starter wont work on an 84 or vise versa ,could be wrong but Im sure some one else will chime in on this post Hal

'85 starter will work on '85 - '87 wings, only an '84 starter will work with an '84 motor
'99 ST1100, '93 se
'75 cb750k, '79 cb 750f, '79 cb750 superK
cb 450sc, sunL70
'06 st1300a
.... william

rrmiller73
Posts: 42
Joined: Tue Nov 10, 2009 12:16 pm
Location: Mt. Juliet, TN
Motorcycle: 1984 GL1200 Aspencade

Re: Starter change between 84-85 1200s ????

Postby rrmiller73 » Wed Jan 26, 2011 10:03 pm

Well that sure seems to be the case. I have a nice starter for and 84 and it won't work on the 85 engine. Time to do some Ebay buying and selling. Wonder how many other "minor' changes I'll run into once I try bolting the 85 engine into the 84 bike?

User avatar
HALBUDD
Posts: 846
Joined: Sat Aug 14, 2010 9:14 pm
Location: New Albany In
Motorcycle: 1984 gl1200a&1985GL1200A & 1996 gl 1500 aspy. us army 74-77

Re: Starter change between 84-85 1200s ????

Postby HALBUDD » Wed Jan 26, 2011 10:10 pm

Look at 1200 forum there is a post there abut changing 84s&85 Mooseman posted a reply that might help with some questions Hal
A woman that can use tools is worth her weight in gold !!

User avatar
detdrbuzzard
Posts: 921
Joined: Thu Oct 23, 2008 5:54 am
Location: 42.23/83.33/636
Motorcycle: '84 aspencade,'93se
'75750.'79750/9k
'79 750f.'85450sc
'06 st1300a

Re: Starter change between 84-85 1200s ????

Postby detdrbuzzard » Thu Jan 27, 2011 6:58 am

the pulse generators on the '85 motor are at the opposite end from an '84 motor. if the '84's are on the front the '85's are at the rear
'99 ST1100, '93 se
'75 cb750k, '79 cb 750f, '79 cb750 superK
cb 450sc, sunL70
'06 st1300a
.... william

rrmiller73
Posts: 42
Joined: Tue Nov 10, 2009 12:16 pm
Location: Mt. Juliet, TN
Motorcycle: 1984 GL1200 Aspencade

Re: Starter change between 84-85 1200s ????

Postby rrmiller73 » Thu Jan 27, 2011 5:31 pm

I noticed that. The 85 [going in] engine has the pulse gens in the front. (84 in back) Hope they speak the same language to the ignition box. Also noticed the timing belt covers are made differently on the two. I had painted the covers on the 84 and plan to polish out the 85 so I pulled the 84 covers to put on the 85 when I painted it and they wouldn't fit. So mask off the 85 covers to paint the engine.

bones333
Posts: 1
Joined: Sat Jun 11, 2011 7:22 am
Location: Ortonville, MI
Motorcycle: Goldwing

Re: Starter change between 84-85 1200s ????

Postby bones333 » Mon Jun 13, 2011 4:28 am

I need an 84 starter, do you want to sell that one?




Return to “GL1200 Information & Questions”




Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest