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1995 goldwing SE

Postby USMC5953 » Sat May 11, 2013 1:32 pm



I just bought a 1995 Honda Goldwing SE. It has 15061 miles on it. Has not been started since 2007. I ordered new timing belts and a front stablizer bar for it. I also ordered a new fuel pump. Should I replace anything else besides the belts once I have the covers off or will the belts be enough because of the millage. Show I look for anything to fail right away. This bike was garaged well, no sun damage amaybe one or two little scratches and the chrome shines up perfectly. I am going to do the AUX radio mod on it since I have it tore down. The carbs were stuck but after alot of spray a d time the bike runs great with a gravety bottle. It does have a very slight valve sound on the left side. Are the lifters easy to adjust or shim? I payed 4500 for it and have less than 500 extra in it. I feel good about the bike so far. Any sugestions or advice is welcome.

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Re: 1995 goldwing SE

Postby HALBUDD » Sat May 11, 2013 2:13 pm

Welcome I would suggest you change all fluids,oil,antifreeze,rear end, and put moly 60 paste on drive shaft splines. Also change all break and clutch fluids. How are your tires any cracks and check the age on them,new plugs and run a can of seafoam thru your gas tank to help clean out any gunk and replace your fuel filter. This should keep you busy for a while,and if you look in the tech talk section you will find a cross reference for common parts,cheaper then mother Honda------------------Hal
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Re: 1995 goldwing SE

Postby USMC5953 » Sat May 11, 2013 2:50 pm

Thanks for the info. I forgot to say I did clean out the tank as well as replace the fuel filter and bought 2 filters when I bought them so I will replace it at about 1000 miles because there was rust in the tank. I also bought som rear lube just have not changed it yet. I looked around and found a video on drive shaft maint and that seems easy. I will do the breaks as well as the clutch, never bled a clutch though. The tires have about 5000 left on them but I might do 15mph for a quick test run but they will be changed due to age before I hit highway speeds. I always wanted a goldwing and now I have one, lol so I will take my time in getting it to the best it can before I get on the road, I am sure it would not be easy to push home, lol. The bike runs good, idles good so I am hoping the carbs will take me into the winter then I will clean them which I am sure will have some improvement. I also have in the plans to change the coolant since i have it tore down which will make it easire.Thanks again

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Re: 1995 goldwing SE

Postby wingpilot08 » Sat May 11, 2013 3:23 pm

USMC5953 wrote: Are the lifters easy to adjust or shim?

Gl1500's have hydraulic lifters..no adjustment necessary..193,000miles no worries!
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Re: 1995 goldwing SE

Postby USMC5953 » Sat May 11, 2013 4:51 pm

I am sure you are correct, but there is a slight noise on the left tbat is not heard on the right. I mean you have to know what to listen for to hear it, could that be normal just a slight sound. The bike did sit since 2007. 2007 was the last time started and 2005 last time ridden. If it will be safe for the motor I will deal with it, I am just happy to have the bike.

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Re: 1995 goldwing SE

Postby WingAdmin » Sat May 11, 2013 9:33 pm

Lubing the rear splines should definitely be on your list. Use moly paste only for this: http://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/105298

Don't worry about how to bleed the clutch- it's exactly like bleeding the brakes, only easier. :)

Keep in mind when you bleed the brakes, that they are linked, and there is a certain order in which to do it.

Go through the 1500 "How-To" section here and you'll find a lot of what you need to know.

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Re: 1995 goldwing SE

Postby WingAdmin » Sat May 11, 2013 9:37 pm

Oh, and do get some new tires on your new bike. 5 years (from date of manufacture) is really the oldest you want to have, and yours will be at least 6 years old, probably more. Have a look at How to tell the age of your tires. You don't want to hit one of the many potholes in DC with your bike and have a tire give out! I had one of the infamous DC potholes take out a tire on my CAR once, so I know they aren't going to be good for a bike.

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Re: 1995 goldwing SE

Postby RBGERSON » Sun May 12, 2013 10:34 am

You might want to drain some oil...add some diesel or MMO or sea foam to the oil 10oz to a full quart.?? run it easy for 50 miles then do an oil change it will help clean out the slug in the engine and may reduce/solve your lifter noise.
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Re: 1995 goldwing SE

Postby USMC5953 » Sun May 12, 2013 8:45 pm

Tires will definatly be changed for sure, only have to decide which ones. I was thinking .ay try an experiment with getting them balanced conv way and add 1 oz of beads to see if I can limit any ware. Never used beads not sure I would only use them. Good idea about the sea foam, hopefully that will solve my lifter noise, my 1985 shadow 1100 has a louder noise but it has been like that since 2000 miles and it is still running strong. I just hate to have the noise even if it is slight, if the sea foam do t work may see about changing the lifters if that is not a bad idea. I just watched a good video on the drive line lube, same color bike I have. The guy also had a video on lifting all 3 bags on the back out of the way to change the tire. I did not know the drive line was that simple to take apart, think I will do my shadow also. I was thinking of getting some speed bleeders and do the breaks and clutch, seem like they work. I figure I am about a week or 2 away from getting it on the road but I do want to do it right no rush.

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Re: 1995 goldwing SE

Postby ka4yqi » Mon May 13, 2013 9:39 pm

Andrew, go to see ya on here. Get the wing up and running and hope it goes well. On the beads for the tires, for the size on the 1500 wing the reconmend 2 oz per tire. I got them in mine and just love them. Have fun with it.

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Re: 1995 goldwing SE

Postby USMC5953 » Tue May 14, 2013 6:55 am

Thank you. I have not done much research on the beads so I dont know much about them but the theory seems valid. I figure if you get your tires on you car or truck about 2 to 3 times for the tires life time and I know myself only get my bike tires done on install maybe the beads will work with the conv balence to help the tire ware correct through out the life time. I am still looking at the beads. I figure I have a few weeks before I get the bike on the road 100%. I have changed the oil, new battery, cleaned the tank, changed the break fluid, breaks are good, got the timing belts yesterday and coolant, that gets done this week. I am going to add some sea foam to the oil and run in a little then go to synth blend for the next change since it only has 15061 miles on it. I have almost all the chrome off so that is getting cleaned. Waiting on the stabilizer bar for the front forks, that should be in in a few days. I need to change the clutch fluid. I got some molly yesterday for the drive line as well. Tires are pricy but I have the dunlops and Mets to chose from at the dealer. I figure either one will work since I have a zrx1100 that I can get my "stupid" out and ride the goldwing relaxed and calm. Lol. This site is great with all the information. I need to see if anyone is close enoughto go riding one day. One of my goals Iis to go to Sturgis in 2 years, we will see.

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Re: 1995 goldwing SE

Postby dingdong » Tue May 14, 2013 7:11 am

I'm just curious as to why you have ordered a front stabilizer bar. ???
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Re: 1995 goldwing SE

Postby USMC5953 » Tue May 14, 2013 8:24 am

Question? Radial or Bias ply for tires front and rear. I honestly do not know.

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Re: 1995 goldwing SE

Postby dingdong » Tue May 14, 2013 8:27 am

The 1500 requires bias ply tires.
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Re: 1995 goldwing SE

Postby tfdeputydawg » Tue May 14, 2013 8:35 am

dingdong wrote:The 1500 requires bias ply tires.

Where did you get that info?

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Re: 1995 goldwing SE

Postby tfdeputydawg » Tue May 14, 2013 8:37 am

dingdong wrote:I'm just curious as to why you have ordered a front stabilizer bar. ???

Yeah! What is a front stabilizer bar anyway :?:

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Re: 1995 goldwing SE

Postby USMC5953 » Tue May 14, 2013 8:56 am

The stabilizer bar I waz talking about is the Superbrace, I misspoke, it is a bar but called a brace. Everything I have read says it helps nothing said it hurt so I went with it. Now as far as the bias vers radial I am sure there is some debate on that but everything I read says radial works better because of the design, I go with some stuff because I read it, but some stuff you just have to feel the difference to believe. I have never had to make a choice on tires before I just bought what was on the bike but on dunlop's site now gives you the choice for the E3 in bias and radial, now I am confused, lol.

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Re: 1995 goldwing SE

Postby tfdeputydawg » Tue May 14, 2013 9:13 am

USMC5953 wrote:The stabilizer bar I waz talking about is the Superbrace, I misspoke, it is a bar but called a brace. Everything I have read says it helps nothing said it hurt so I went with it. Now as far as the bias vers radial I am sure there is some debate on that but everything I read says radial works better because of the design, I go with some stuff because I read it, but some stuff you just have to feel the difference to believe. I have never had to make a choice on tires before I just bought what was on the bike but on dunlop's site now gives you the choice for the E3 in bias and radial, now I am confused, lol.

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Thanks for the explanation.
Since you have already purchased the super brace I will remain moot on my opinion ;)
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Re: 1995 goldwing SE

Postby USMC5953 » Tue May 14, 2013 10:13 am

All options are welcome. I will never claim to know everything although I will strive to know as much as possible. The maine reason I went with the superbrace is my zrx has something like it and I ride it kinda hard without issue. Back in time I rode a honda V65 which was my dad's bike, mine was and still is a 1985 Vt1100 shadow which I still have, anyway I took the V65 hard in a few turns, if you went in at 90 breaking hard and coming out 50 to 60 as you came out the bike would shake pretty bad enough to scare you, if you relaxed the bike would self correct. He took it in the shop and they said it needed a brace that would fix that problem. We fixed it by me not riding it anymore since he rode with some brains it never happened to him. I read about some issues of the goldwing shaking some and read this in more than one post, since I had the bike already tore down I figured why not just put in a little extra safety. I had a 1984 gold wing that was in ok shape and never had a problem without the bracket, it was only a buy because I already had the bike at a point I could put the brace on. If you know it wont do any good, but also wont hurt anything then good. But if you know there might be an issue or you have an opion then I definatly want to hear. I read once, learn fro. Others mistakes because you dont have enough time to make them all yourself. Lol. I am open to sugestions obviously since I am on here, lol.
I want to learn as much as I can before I take it out for the first time as well as learn as I ride to pass on information to help someone else one day.

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Re: 1995 goldwing SE

Postby tfdeputydawg » Tue May 14, 2013 10:42 am

There are claims that the 2 piece braces actually cause a binding of the forks. There are claims braces are the best invention since..........
I am not an aggressive rider. Having said that-I have tested many various "items" touted to be "improvements" on the front and rear of 1500's, when I had one and many 1800's which is my current ride(now triked).
I personally have not found anything that made a noticeable contribution to a smoother ride. In fact, most seemed to make the ride harsher!!!!! or maybe stiffer is the correct word!
As I said I am not Nicky Hayden, I am perfectly satisfied w/stock suspension components. All suspension components wear over time. Many that are lured into purchasing these over price, not up to the claims, replacement parts have worn out suspensions! They would be amazed at the difference if they would just use OEM parts!
For example, just dropped in new OEM fork springs in my trike @ 32K miles. Front end feels like brand new!!! Got them from a trike installer for the cost of shipping(take offs from a new trike conversion by some one that insistied on having progressive springs installed in their trike!)

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Re: 1995 goldwing SE

Postby USMC5953 » Tue May 14, 2013 11:05 am

Will do thanks. I think the brace is one piece, have not received it yet. As far as OEM parts go I definatly agree. My bike has 15000 miles or so on it so most everything should be in decent shape minus any age damage. As far as tires go I have read that there is some truth about bikes build around tires and tires built around bikes. Almost every thing I read talk about how the stresses on the frame and suspension come from riding style of course but also how the tire holds the road. Since the bike came with bias and I do t really know the difference as far as ride goes I will go with bias. Radial tires seem to be an improvement on some sites and other not. Bias clam a greater load rating which may be belted and bias that is. I will ride the Goldwing with respect and relaxation and let the stupid only come out onthe ZRX, well I will try that is, lol. I just want a dependable comfortable ride with nice music. Now that is a different post. Looking on upgrading the auido someday.

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Re: 1995 goldwing SE

Postby bjatwood » Tue May 14, 2013 2:19 pm

USMC5953 wrote:I took the V65 hard in a few turns, if you went in at 90 breaking hard and coming out 50 to 60 as you came out the bike would shake pretty bad enough to scare you,
Andrew


Hey Andrew,
I've taken an Advance Riders course that taught me that all MC braking should be down prior to entering the turn, so you have the greatest control from the tire grip when it's "rolled" for the turn. Not sure you want to be trying to speed corner like this on your Wing. Or it will be on a Wing and a Prayer! :roll:

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Re: 1995 goldwing SE

Postby USMC5953 » Tue May 14, 2013 2:44 pm

I have taken about 4 bike cources in my 32 years of riding. I would never ride a goldwing hard. When I was taking turns at 90 I was 15 yrs old and on a V65, lol. I play on my zrx1100 a little bit but not a onee dragger at all. I agree a goldwing is not a sport bike especialy a 1500. The 1800 are built aroind a more sporty chasy but still not a knee drager bike, lol.

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Re: 1995 goldwing SE

Postby USMC5953 » Thu May 16, 2013 9:26 am

Update:
replaced the fuel pump
new oil filter
new oil
new rear drive oil
lubed rear drive line "molly 60"
new timing belts
new coolant
new cruis control filter
new sub filter, the old one was pretty much just powder when I touched it.
new tires
lubed the spedo gears with molly 60
installed the super brace , not sure any thing will improve since I have never rode the bike yet, hopefully it will do more good than bad, we will see. I was told the goldwings will shimmy with your hands off the bars. My 1984 goldwing was calm with cruis locked and me laying back on the backrest, hopefully the newer 1994 should be the same.

I have yet to do the mod on the radio for the AUX port. I have looked at a few differnt mods and may go with one that includs the added relay, I will have to look at them all again.
I may look about a added power panel (fuse box) and wire some stuff up for future.

I am pretty sure I did not leave anything out that I was told to do. If so please advise me if there is anything I should do more. I just have to assemble the bike and I am going to ride in a week or so depending on weather. I still have the slight valve noise on the left "drivers side" thinking it was where it sat on the side stand all these years. hopefully in time with sea foam and a additional oil change it may quiet some. If any one has any more advice please let me know, the bike is broken down to the point that almost any general maint is easy. I have to thank everyone who chimed in it has been a great help. I have used the how to links which I have to say are better than any manual I have ever bought.

Andrew




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