2000 GL1500 Final Drive Fluid


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2000 GL1500 Final Drive Fluid

Postby polar1940 » Wed Jul 30, 2014 7:55 pm



I'm taking a trip soon and wanted to know what the best final drive fluid to use syn or just regular 80/90 or something else— also the bike has 41,000 miles on it and I'm wondering about timing belts,I bought the bike with 36,000 so I really don't know if they have been changed—one last thing antifreeze also time to change? Thanks



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Re: 2000 GL1500 Final Drive Fluid

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Jul 30, 2014 9:30 pm

polar1940 wrote:I'm taking a trip soon and wanted to know what the best final drive fluid to use syn or just regular 80/90 or something else— also the bike has 41,000 miles on it and I'm wondering about timing belts,I bought the bike with 36,000 so I really don't know if they have been changed—one last thing antifreeze also time to change? Thanks


I've been using this in my final drive for both my 1100 and 1500, and it's worked fantastically well.

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As for timing belts...you have no idea when they were changed, so you should assume they've NEVER been changed. The time to change them is RIGHT NOW. A broken timing belt can destroy your engine.

Ditto for coolant...you don't know when (if) it was changed, so change it now - then you'll know for sure.

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Re: 2000 GL1500 Final Drive Fluid

Postby redial » Wed Jul 30, 2014 9:43 pm

And dont forget to record the maintenance and fluid changes. Do not rely on memory!
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Re: 2000 GL1500 Final Drive Fluid

Postby skier » Wed Jul 30, 2014 10:11 pm

Welcome, from Coon Rapids, to the best Wing site on the web.

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Re: 2000 GL1500 Final Drive Fluid

Postby wingpilot08 » Thu Jul 31, 2014 6:54 am

Your belts are 14 years old...most likely never changed with the low,low mileage on that Wing. Don't take the chance...change your belts and all fluids!
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Re: 2000 GL1500 Final Drive Fluid

Postby Ed Z » Sun Aug 03, 2014 4:45 am

Changed a friends belts on a bike that had well over 100,000 miles on it (a 1998 I believe)... The belts we took off were inspected carefully and showed no sign of wear nor aging... They were the originals (he is the only owner)... They were still just as soft as the new belts... But decide for yourself... If it were my bike I would have a good look at the belts and decide from what I found... Just my two cents...

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Re: 2000 GL1500 Final Drive Fluid

Postby billbob » Sun Aug 03, 2014 3:58 pm

I use the advance auto house brand 75w90 syn. in my wing,no problem.

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Re: 2000 GL1500 Final Drive Fluid

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Aug 20, 2014 8:51 am

Ed Z wrote:Changed a friends belts on a bike that had well over 100,000 miles on it (a 1998 I believe)... The belts we took off were inspected carefully and showed no sign of wear nor aging... They were the originals (he is the only owner)... They were still just as soft as the new belts... But decide for yourself... If it were my bike I would have a good look at the belts and decide from what I found... Just my two cents...


As has been mentioned many times, timing belts do not show external evidence of aging or wear. They are designed to not stretch, at all, so the rubber on the outside does not typically crack, wear or show aging. The wear happens on the inside where you can't see it, on the fibers used to prevent the belt from stretching. Once these fibers wear enough, they let go, and the belt fails. A belt that could fail the next time the bike is started can look exactly like one that will run fine for the next 40,000 miles.

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Re: 2000 GL1500 Final Drive Fluid

Postby polar1940 » Fri Aug 22, 2014 9:30 am

Just wanted to thank everyone for the response

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Re: 2000 GL1500 Final Drive Fluid

Postby wingit11 » Fri Aug 22, 2014 4:15 pm

Wingadmin wrote:As has been mentioned many times, timing belts do not show external evidence of aging or wear. They are designed to not stretch, at all, so the rubber on the outside does not typically crack, wear or show aging. The wear happens on the inside where you can't see it, on the fibers used to prevent the belt from stretching. Once these fibers wear enough, they let go, and the belt fails. A belt that could fail the next time the bike is started can look exactly like one that will run fine for the next 40,000 miles.



I agree with wingadmin. I have seen two broken belts. One from an 1100 and one from a 1200. Both belts looked great with the exception of where it broke. You can not tell by looking what the condition of the belt is. Based on age alone and not milage I would change them. A few bucks now can save you thousands later, especially if you have taken it apart to inspect the belts anyway.

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Re: 2000 GL1500 Final Drive Fluid

Postby bstig60 » Sat Aug 23, 2014 10:19 pm

A full synthetic multi-weight gear oil works well for the final drive. Everyone has their own preference for the brand.
As for the timing belts, they had just been changed and I saw the records on my 88, the 99 had nothing for miles on it, but I had the belts changed anyway due to the fact that they were 14 years old. The old belts looked good but they have formed a curve due to setting. I don't think a $60 dollar belt set is worth risking a $2000 dollar engine........... So I agree! If you don't know when it was done, do the maintenance and replace the parts and keep a written record, so you do know when things were done. Your bike will last a lot longer and you will enjoy it more knowing that it has been properly maintained and is reliable.
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Re: 2000 GL1500 Final Drive Fluid

Postby Wingsconsin » Mon Aug 25, 2014 2:13 pm

Ed Z wrote:Changed a friends belts on a bike that had well over 100,000 miles on it (a 1998 I believe)... The belts we took off were inspected carefully and showed no sign of wear nor aging... They were the originals (he is the only owner)... They were still just as soft as the new belts... But decide for yourself... If it were my bike I would have a good look at the belts and decide from what I found... Just my two cents...


Once you are far enough in to inspect the belts - you may as well change them -- they are cheap enough an d the work is in getting to them ... then you KNOW they are good to go the distance...
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Re: 2000 GL1500 Final Drive Fluid

Postby cbx4evr » Mon Aug 25, 2014 11:09 pm

Changing belts is also a good time to change coolant.


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