What essential spares would you obtain for an 88 GL1500


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What essential spares would you obtain for an 88 GL1500

Postby liquineer » Sat May 19, 2012 6:18 pm



As my new to me GL1500 is 24 years old, I'm assuming that spares might be hard to come by?
Is there an essential list of spares other than say normal service items, (or even service items if they are scarce) that I should look out for and start to source in advance?
I know this might get to be a large list , but it would be good to know what might be difficult to source. I am in the UK.


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Re: What essential spares would you obtain for an 88 GL1500

Postby zamboni920 » Sat May 19, 2012 6:29 pm

Liquineer....not sure about the UK, or the rest of Europe, but here in the US it seems replacement parts are still readily available. If you did not replace timing belts....consider getting a pair. The GL1500, as all the Goldwings, are a quite complex machine, and as you say, the list could be long. There are a good write-up somewhere in cyberspace on what to look for when purchasing a used Goldwing. That article could point you in the right direction(s) :
http://www.goldwingfacts.com/usedgoldwing.htm

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Re: What essential spares would you obtain for an 88 GL1500

Postby liquineer » Sun May 20, 2012 4:19 am

Thanks
I do have a Clymer manual which came with the bike, but no service history, so I don't know what had/has been done- I bought from a dealer who assured me that the previous owner was meticulous in keeping it well in running trim, but that's all I know.

Steve Saunders article is great and gives some pointers to what could go wrong- the bank angle sensor looks interesting- might look for that.

There are a number of dealers in spares in the UK, so I think I will make contact and see what they come up with- but any other tips and hints are welcome from all on the forum.
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Re: What essential spares would you obtain for an 88 GL1500

Postby zamboni920 » Sun May 20, 2012 6:52 am

Bank Angle Sensor.....This was a recall item and Honda dealers/shops were directed by Honda to mark the frame with an embossed X after this sensor was replaced. If you find the mark, it has been replaced. I assume this directive was world wide, but not sure. See picture for the mark on mine.
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Re: What essential spares would you obtain for an 88 GL1500

Postby liquineer » Sun May 20, 2012 7:54 am

Thanks I will look for that mark and see if it is there.

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Re: What essential spares would you obtain for an 88 GL1500

Postby Kiwi2 » Tue May 22, 2012 5:08 am

I have a 1500/6 then I have had from brand new and it goes and goes and goes (like a bunny battery) Get some timing belts ....... now if you search round you will find that the timing belts for a Toyota (can't remember the year) will fit the 1500/6. All timing belts are the same just different printing on them e.g. Honda, Toyota etc.

Get some brushes for the alternator, once again have a shop round. I found the Toyota brushes fitted. They are the same as the Honda but are a lot cheaper ....... same thing different packet.

If you know someone who has changed the air filter on their 1500/6 but not thrown it away, grab it and look in the phone book for someone who reconditions and they are as good as the new ones. I know as I have done it.

Also check the Bank Angle Sensor, this was world wide recall as we had them replaced here in NZ. The frame should be marked with a X as zamboni stated.

Get a service manual ....... beg, borrow or steal (not really) and then photo copy.

Parts for the 1500/6 are still easy to get and the engine is bullet proof ....... why do you think they like using them for microlight engines.

Ask other people who have the 1500/6 and see what they have had to get and I'm sure you will be surprised in a nice way.

I am still on the original exhurst system after 120,000 miles ....... now that I have told you I suppose I will need a new one.

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Re: What essential spares would you obtain for an 88 GL1500

Postby zamboni920 » Tue May 22, 2012 6:17 am

As our fellow New Zealander, Kiwi2 , indicates.....there are parts from other applications that could replace the original Honda items. Check out this topic: viewtopic.php?f=16&t=6742

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Re: What essential spares would you obtain for an 88 GL1500

Postby liquineer » Tue May 22, 2012 7:14 am

That link to the spares topic is full of useful stuff- thanks for that- I did run a search for spares in the search box- but it did not show that topic, so I might have missed it completely.

I was left three spares that came with the bike- two air filters, some Phantom grey paint and a complete rear wheel, and having looked online for the value of this wheel just today, I am pleasantly surprised to have been gifted it.

Please keep suggestions coming in if you can think of more hints and tips for me on spares.

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Re: What essential spares would you obtain for an 88 GL1500

Postby zamboni920 » Tue May 22, 2012 12:12 pm

One thing that comes to mind.....Someone on the forum (it might have been "Wingadmin" ) replaced headlight bulb with standard automotive. In order to do this, apparently a shim is needed in the bulb socket. With this shim in hand, you can replace a burnt out bulb with one that is easy to find. Do not remember the topic this was under, but if I find it before someone else adds their 2 cents, I will link it.

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Re: What essential spares would you obtain for an 88 GL1500

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Re: What essential spares would you obtain for an 88 GL1500

Postby liquineer » Tue May 22, 2012 1:45 pm

Looked at the cyclemax site to look at the shims,and it states that 1988 to 1997 don't need the shims, and can use the after market bulbs- is this true?- if so that's a bonus for me as mine is a 1988 model.
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Re: What essential spares would you obtain for an 88 GL1500

Postby landisr » Wed May 23, 2012 7:26 am

That is true. Earlier 1500s don't require the shim. Not sure what the 'standard' bulb wattage is for the 1500 in your area, but in the States they came with I believe 45/45w bulbs. Be sure if you replace them to get 55/60w bulbs. Completely interchangeable, but better lighting and the wiring harness is designed for the 55/60 bulbs.

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Re: What essential spares would you obtain for an 88 GL1500

Postby liquineer » Wed May 23, 2012 8:54 am

OK -looked in a local car spares shop and they sell H4 55/60w bulbs at £3.99 each (about $6) .
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Re: What essential spares would you obtain for an 88 GL1500

Postby landisr » Wed May 23, 2012 10:11 am

Great. That's the one. Enjoy your new ride!
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Re: What essential spares would you obtain for an 88 GL1500

Postby Kiwi2 » Wed May 23, 2012 4:13 pm

I get my head light bulbs from the car spares shop, a lot cheaper and you can get the artic blue lights ...... a little but dearer but not that much. If you are replaced one head light bulb, replace the other at the same time ....... nothing worse than getting it back together and a few weeks later having to do it all over again.

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Re: What essential spares would you obtain for an 88 GL1500

Postby jsalpha2 » Sun May 27, 2012 7:01 am

I would carry extra fuses, including the dog bone main fuse, also some relays. The #3 Tail/Main relay has a lot of current flowing through it so look at the contacts of the socket when you remove it. It's possible they are spread out or burned. Most auto parts stores sell a 30 amp relay that will fit if you cut off the plastic mounting tab. Usually the relay can be found in the fog light section. Auto Zone has them Pilot relay PL-RY1 or NV-RY1 Navigator "Cyber White" 12V 30 Amp Relay

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Re: What essential spares would you obtain for an 88 GL1500

Postby liquineer » Sun May 27, 2012 11:11 am

Thanks-will look at the relays and get in some spare fuses.

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Re: What essential spares would you obtain for an 88 GL1500

Postby RBGERSON » Tue May 29, 2012 8:37 am

I'd replace the dog bone fuse with a blade type, easy switch..just buy appropriate size (30AMP??) blade holder with eyelits on the wires screw on tot eh dog bone end screws and you are done. Much better fuse and easy to replace if it blows almost anyplace.


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