timing belt replacement


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timing belt replacement

Postby jdavidsmit » Thu Jun 28, 2012 6:51 am



I have a 1990 1500GL with 54300 miles and i,m wondering about changing the timing belts not because of miles but because of age. any thoughts about doing this, good idea, waste of time?


David

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Re: timing belt replacement

Postby TennX » Thu Jun 28, 2012 7:21 am

I just got a 97 with 36k and will watch this post...although the answers are slow to come on some questions...I guess thats the price you pay for coming to the party 15 years late ....LOL..but a search usually finds me what I need and the been there done that info is outstanding...thanks for that..
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Re: timing belt replacement

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Jun 28, 2012 11:36 am

Definitely a good idea. Your 1990 belts are 22 years old, so regardless of miles, I'd be replacing them. It's not a huge job (definitely easier than the GL1100), and can be done in a couple of hours. Have a look at How to remove and replace your timing belts

As for the 1997 with 36K...even with just 15 years, I'd think about doing them. It really is cheap insurance. Say $35 in belts, another $10 in coolant, throw in $20 for an oil/filter change while you're at it (might as well), perhaps $15 for some new plugs (might as well, they have to come out anyway) - and a couple hours on a rainy day getting intimate with your bike.

Compare that to the time, expense and self-hatred you will go through should one of them fail if you DIDN'T replace them when you had the opportunity. :)

My bike is a 2000 that had 62K on it when I bought it, and the belts are one of the first things I did on it.

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Re: timing belt replacement

Postby TennX » Thu Jun 28, 2012 12:41 pm

I for one had already read the excellent how to..I have a large 2 car garage thats all shop...when the weather gets cooler I will go thru the bike front to back, but at the moment with temps in the tripples I just dont have the energy....
Phil.......

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Re: timing belt replacement

Postby Captain422 » Thu Jun 28, 2012 11:49 pm

I would recommend changing your timing belts anytime you are not certain of mileage or age of the belts. WingAdmin's article in the DIY section is excellent and very easy to follow for anyone that has even moderate mechanical experience. Every step is clearly explained and the photos are excellent. I was apprehensive about changing mine, but after reviewing the steps a few times to make sure I wasn't missing something, I changed mine without any problems. WingAdmin is also spot-on with regard to the price of the belts, plugs, and coolant. All total for the change for mine was around $65.00. I used Gates T275 belts instead of OEM belts and the fit was perfect.

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Re: timing belt replacement

Postby jdavidsmit » Fri Jun 29, 2012 5:35 am

Thanks for the info, my gut fealing was to change them, love this old bike hate to see any thing happen.
David

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Re: timing belt replacement

Postby tandem54 » Sat Jun 30, 2012 2:20 am

My bikes a 1988 and I changed mine in April just for peice of mind, You'll feel a lot better after it's done!! Like WingAdmin said, do the oil, plugs etc. at the same time (cost effective) Take your time and it will be done in no time!!
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Re: timing belt replacement

Postby Kiwi2 » Sat Jun 30, 2012 6:32 am

Change them. If you are worried or concerned then change the belts, tyres, oil, or whatever it is. Better now than later when you are stuck miles (or Kilometers) from anywhere.

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Re: timing belt replacement

Postby rlsapp » Tue Jul 03, 2012 6:45 pm

Hey guys....I have a 97 and while riding one day I heard a squill like it was a belt trying to ride a pulley,(come off). I brought it to the local Honda dealer, and they worked on if, saying it was the rubber bushings on the alternator. Ok, I acceptted that. But now the noise is still there. The noise the it is making sounds like it is from the lower front. What could it be?????

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Re: timing belt replacement

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Jul 03, 2012 11:01 pm

rlsapp wrote:Hey guys....I have a 97 and while riding one day I heard a squill like it was a belt trying to ride a pulley,(come off). I brought it to the local Honda dealer, and they worked on if, saying it was the rubber bushings on the alternator. Ok, I acceptted that. But now the noise is still there. The noise the it is making sounds like it is from the lower front. What could it be?????


Well, it's probably two things. The first noise was your wallet, screaming as your dealer raped you for a repair that you probably didn't need. The other noise is most likely failing bearings in a timing belt tensioner. Get this fixed ASAP! If it were my bike, I would probably not be riding it until this was fixed.

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Re: timing belt replacement

Postby rlsapp » Wed Jul 04, 2012 9:04 am

THKS...That was the same thing I was thinking about, and that is what I told the dealer before they worked on it. They sad everything looked fine with the belts and pulleys, but I'm beginning to think they didn't do anything to it, but charge me $200.00 for it to set in there shop for 3 weeks.

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Re: timing belt replacement

Postby amsoilguy » Thu Jul 05, 2012 7:38 pm

I think you guys have convinced me to tackle this myself this winter. I just purchased an '88 1500 with 49K miles and the PO had not replaced the timing belts yet. Thank you for providing the excellent tutorial!
Allan

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Re: timing belt replacement

Postby pgjeepster » Sat Jul 07, 2012 12:02 am

Don't wait till winter do it now took me just 2 hours and I was taking my time. Read the how to link it lays it out real nice easy to follow, the only thing I would add is remove the oil pressure switch wire before removing the long side of the belt cover, it does get in the way, also I loosened the horns to get a bit more room. And on reassembly some gasket glue to help the gaskets stay in place while you sneak the covers back in. Two hours well spent now if I could just get the spark issue fixed....oh well more wrenching to go.

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Re: timing belt replacement

Postby bjatwood » Sat Jul 07, 2012 9:40 am

I will be doing this in the off season also. Along with all 3 air filter + fuel filter, plugs and anti-freeze "silicate free" :D After that I will be riding it all winter long! LOL

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Re: timing belt replacement

Postby amsoilguy » Wed Jul 11, 2012 4:42 pm

Sounds like I need to get it done ASAP...


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