Newbie missing spring


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Newbie missing spring

Postby wingwind » Thu Mar 21, 2013 2:22 pm



Hi guys I'm brand new first time posting. I bought a 88 gl1500 last Feb 2012 and rode the heck out of it till early winter of last year, and just love it! Anyway you guys have given me the courage to tear it down a bit.I had speakers that never worked, bulbs out in the dash,a cracked bezel and while I was in there replaced air and gas filters. Got the parts I was waiting for today and half way put back together noticed this 5'' rubber coated spring can't seem figure were it goes. That's not the only spring missing. What"s up with this weather ? I"ve back tracked thru the sevice manual and some of your postings (awesome stuff) can"t seem to find anything.Think it was up under the dash somewhere not sure though.Don't want to pull it all back apart untill I know what to look for or how important it is.It's bugging the crap right out of me!Thanks Very Much for your help!!



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Re: Newbie missing spring

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Mar 21, 2013 2:28 pm

Post a picture of it and what is the diameter of it.

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Re: Newbie missing spring

Postby wingwind » Thu Mar 21, 2013 2:38 pm

Hope this photo helps!

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Re: Newbie missing spring

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Mar 21, 2013 2:47 pm

I'll start looking through the parts manual.
You have had the insturment cluster and top shelter(radio) off...
Did you also pull the lowers(CB/vent/air pressure switch covers?

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Re: Newbie missing spring

Postby wingwind » Thu Mar 21, 2013 2:50 pm

No just pulled out the pockets and radio cover

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Re: Newbie missing spring

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Mar 21, 2013 3:20 pm

Oh...you mentioned about the lamps and speakers out,I thought ......Oh well.
I've had my 88 much further down than you and I just don't remember any spring that looked like that.
I also can't find any reference to it in the manual or parts list anywhere around the carbs,pockets or faring.
Could a previous owner have added it ?
.....A rubber coated spring is very unusual on a bike....
I would expect to see something like that stretched across a cover to hold down a note pad or folded map.
Maybe hooked across the pocket cover.

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Re: Newbie missing spring

Postby wingwind » Thu Mar 21, 2013 4:29 pm

Yea I thought behind and under dash pulling vertical down to hold dash or take tension off speedo cable maybe? Don't remember seeing it in pre tear down research. Hope it don't come back to bite! Hope the weather is treating you right! Winter is really holding on up here,but I'm putting her back together and going for a ride anyway! Thanks so much for your time & effort !!!

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Re: Newbie missing spring

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Mar 21, 2013 4:59 pm

Just because I don't remember one on mine dosen't mean it isn't suppose to be there.I may be missing one too.Could it be used to keep the gas door open?I have to hold mine.

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Re: Newbie missing spring

Postby wingwind » Thu Mar 21, 2013 7:37 pm

Don't think so my gas door has always just stood straight up in open position no spring there for me although your right dosen't mean it's not ment to be . Just got back from test ride everything seems OK Replaced OD bulb is working fine. Put those scosche speakers in $30 from wallymart. Read about them here and the guys were right about the lower volume going from 3 to 4 ohm's. Sounds good though as I only had one front speaker working before. A bit of static hopeing it's just reception. Did'nt have a tape on board to try a comparision. Think I'll just leave them in for the season. I did'nt get the CB or any intercom headset's with the bike but, I've been reading about it. Don't know if I get it? All I used last year was a cell phone and ear buds with mic in wire. Guess I'll get a better understanding once I try pluging stuff in. I'm really interested in the best way for rider to rider to passenger to phone to raido solutions for these oldwings. Anyway glad to get her back together and ride at least once. Cause now I've got to tackle these bald tire's rear axle lube & brake pads if needed. Gona try that remove rear tire without disassembeling bike. Thanks agian for your Help!!

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Re: Newbie missing spring

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Mar 21, 2013 8:58 pm

On a long trip,I use the intercom and radio system.The only change was to replace the helmet speakers with a 3.5mm plug that I plug in my angled ear buds.....much better sound than the tinney little speakers.

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Re: Newbie missing spring

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Mar 21, 2013 9:39 pm

I've never seen a spring like that on my 1500, and I've had it fairly torn apart. It doesn't mean it's not from it, just that I've not seen one like it. I went through every image in the Honda parts fiche, and didn't see any springs like that. Perhaps it's a "fix" added by a previous owner?

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Re: Newbie missing spring

Postby Wingsconsin » Fri Mar 22, 2013 10:46 am

WingAdmin wrote:I've never seen a spring like that on my 1500, and I've had it fairly torn apart. It doesn't mean it's not from it, just that I've not seen one like it. I went through every image in the Honda parts fiche, and didn't see any springs like that. Perhaps it's a "fix" added by a previous owner?


I agree..and I have had my 1500 down really far as well...like right now in my garage...
I have a '96 and that spring is news to me...
Must be from a previous owners application..
Stuff falls into the abyss sometimes and just disappears - until you find it again....
One day I will find the pencil I dropped into the abyss on my 1500 too....but not yet..
as far as I know it is still ridning around down there....
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Re: Newbie missing spring

Postby Wingsconsin » Fri Mar 22, 2013 4:57 pm

..The only thing I could think of is a main stand or side stand return spring..?
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Re: Newbie missing spring

Postby Mag » Fri Mar 22, 2013 5:07 pm

I found some things on my bike when I got it, and said "I wonder what this is for??". I hate to say it...if I improve the ride on my bike based on what I am doing, I leave the extra pieces that I can not find a home for in a "Goldwing Box" so I know where it is at.....just in case.

I found an LED light in the back taillight, not plugged in....and all my lights were working at the time.
I found a battery tender wire that led to inside one of the saddlebags, but no plug in for it (hmmm, I like Battery Tender better anyway)
I found a piece of equipment in the other bag, still do not know what it is, so doing research on it.

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Re: Newbie missing spring

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Mar 22, 2013 6:43 pm

Wingsconsin wrote:..The only thing I could think of is a main stand or side stand return spring..?


Nope, they are much thicker and shorter.

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Re: Newbie missing spring

Postby Big Blue UK » Sat Mar 23, 2013 9:26 am

Those springs are for holding aftermarket cornering lights in place if your fairing does not have the mounts fitted. Have a look at the PDF paragraph 8

http://www.addonaccessories.net/docs/15673-221B.pdf
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Re: Newbie missing spring

Postby Wingsconsin » Sat Mar 23, 2013 7:37 pm

LegsandaWing wrote:Those springs are for holding aftermarket cornering lights in place if your fairing does not have the mounts fitted. Have a look at the PDF paragraph 8

http://www.addonaccessories.net/docs/15673-221B.pdf


Omg!! Thats right ...and I have them too :oops:
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Re: Newbie missing spring

Postby Wingsconsin » Sat Mar 23, 2013 7:37 pm

LegsandaWing wrote:Those springs are for holding aftermarket cornering lights in place if your fairing does not have the mounts fitted. Have a look at the PDF paragraph 8

http://www.addonaccessories.net/docs/15673-221B.pdf


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Re: Newbie missing spring

Postby Big Blue UK » Sat Mar 23, 2013 9:36 pm

Wingsconsin wrote:Omg!! Thats right ...and I have them too :oops:


Mine were a bargain, $39 and they cleard customs :D
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Re: Newbie missing spring

Postby liquineer » Sun Mar 24, 2013 7:08 am

Legsandawing, where did you get the lamps from at $39? I want to order some as well, but most suppliers want and army and leggy for them here in the UK.
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Re: Newbie missing spring

Postby Big Blue UK » Sun Mar 24, 2013 9:58 am

You are thinking of driving lights, I mentioned cornering lights. I fitted driving lamps,
I want to see what cornering lights are like as turn signals, for $39 had nothoing to loose.
Not tried them yet. Driving lights are $98 from Wingstuff. I personally prefer chrome covers to chrome trims, the covers screw on from the back
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Re: Newbie missing spring

Postby liquineer » Sun Mar 24, 2013 11:29 am

Ok I get that it was cornering lights- still would be interested to know where you sourced them from.
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Re: Newbie missing spring

Postby robb » Sun Mar 24, 2013 12:27 pm

LegsandaWing wrote:Those springs are for holding aftermarket cornering lights in place if your fairing does not have the mounts fitted. Have a look at the PDF paragraph 8

http://www.addonaccessories.net/docs/15673-221B.pdf


Not just aftermarket lights, they are the original factory attachment for the cornering lamps on my 89 Aspencade. I bought a set of clear lamps with the three attaching points and they were not compatible with mount points on my panels. I was told screw mounted from 90 on, spring on 88-89 models.

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Re: Newbie missing spring

Postby Big Blue UK » Sun Mar 24, 2013 3:27 pm

Cannot remember it was months ago, I get most from Cyclemax, Wingstuff, Chromeworld and a few others. Not always cheaper, but you cannot get anything in UK compared to US. They are only £35 from Daytona (HGB) in London. But too often I have ordered what they advertise on their site and have accept payment for, to find they did not have in stock to sell.

liquineer wrote:Ok I get that it was cornering lights- still would be interested to know where you sourced them from.
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Re: Newbie missing spring

Postby liquineer » Mon Mar 25, 2013 5:23 am

Thanks for the update on suppliers- I will keep looking for bargains on cornering lights.

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