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All of the plastic is off

Postby leland » Sun May 03, 2015 11:50 am



I recently purchased a 1988 GL1500 and it has everything plastic removed from the bike. I am new to Goldwings so I do not yet know the nomenclature of all of the components, and I don't know what it looked like when assembled. Is there a definitive tutorial available regarding reassembling a motorcycle that I did not have the experience of dismantling, preferably with video or pictures, sequence and notes for proper assembly? I looked in a repair manual and it was not sufficient information to get a novice like me started.
This is about just the plastic, the machine is still assembled, with the exception of the exhaust mufflers. The pile of plastic parts is quite daunting.



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Re: All of the plastic is off

Postby skid56 » Sun May 03, 2015 12:02 pm

You might want to check out the "How To Articles" section. most jobs require removing lots of the plastic. the photos in the articles may be helpful.
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Re: All of the plastic is off

Postby leland » Sun May 03, 2015 12:50 pm

Thank you Skid56. I have perused some of the other How-to articles but I need a starting place, a frame of reference. I would be elated to find a first-this-then-that plan for reassembly. I am assuming that there is an assembly sequence that has to be followed.

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Re: All of the plastic is off

Postby brettchallenger » Sun May 03, 2015 2:00 pm

As stated above, there are several excellent narratives with accompanying photos which involve removing and re-assembling the various plastic panels. You might like to check out "How to remove, analyze, gap and replace your spark plugs

Read more: http://goldwingdocs.com/How-To-Articles ... z3Z6Reul4C" which deals with most of the front end plastics, and "removing the rear wheels" which covers the panniers and some of the trunk.
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Re: All of the plastic is off

Postby Mh434 » Sun May 03, 2015 4:22 pm

Yup, what Brettchallenger said. The primary DIY articles are "removing the rear wheel", "changing air filters", and "changing the timing belts". For obvious reasons, start at the last step in each tutorial, and work backwards.

With the exception of the main fairing, these will cover virtually every single piece of plastic on the bike. So, I'd suggest the main fairing goes on first, then pick one of the other DIY's, and start building!

If you don't KNOW when (or if) the timing belts were replaced, do that while the bike's apart. It's a crucial part of GL1500 maintenance, and is a snap when the plastic is off.

If you get stuck at any point, post a pic of where you're at, and the good folks here will talk you through it.

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Re: All of the plastic is off

Postby FM-USA » Sun May 03, 2015 7:17 pm

I've never taken one completely apart but have in sections.
Probably the hardest part is, sorting through the screws, SOOooo many special sizes.

If you eliminate obvious panels that "pop on" (like a side cover), there's not that many pieces.
* Main Fairing
* 2 saddlebags 1 trunk, are complete to themselves.
* Faux tank naturally goes on after the fairing.
Once your that far, it's time to fill in the pieces.
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Re: All of the plastic is off

Postby Mag » Sun May 03, 2015 9:28 pm

I think you got it, FM....once you get the main pieces on.....I did find when I took my 88 apart (only on the front end, the back was pretty easy on screw sizes), I found that the screws that I used to hold together the lower part of the fairing (under the CB and the Air Compressor) has a special piece of plastic that fits over the head of the screws......well, the right one did not work, so I knew I had the wrong one there....a screw and its purpose, ugh! Trial and error, you will get it. I wish you luck, you are going to love that 88 when you get it going. I love mine...

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Re: All of the plastic is off

Postby seelyark1 » Sun May 03, 2015 9:44 pm

If you go to a site like CycleMax and check out the OEM section you should be able to figure out where and how most of the parts go. ;) If then you have a problem, just ask on here and you will get the help you seek :) Check out some of the older posts via the search tab and you will also find out how the fairing goes back on. All the rest is in the "How Too's". Keep the pictures comming.
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Re: All of the plastic is off

Postby WingAdmin » Mon May 04, 2015 1:09 pm

A lot of the time, if I am removing a lot of panels, I will take the screws and put them back into the frame, where they would go if the panel was installed. That way I don't lose any, plus I know exactly what screw goes where, because it's already there. It's a little extra work, but nowhere near as much work as getting down to the last couple of screws and realizing that the two screws you have left are the wrong ones - and having to disassemble everything to try to figure out where you put the right ones.

My wife's PC800 is a nightmare to disassemble/reassemble compared to the Wing. It has so many panels, and everything must be done in the correct order. They have many pages in the manuals for it dedicated to disassembling/reassembling body panels.

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Re: All of the plastic is off

Postby FM-USA » Mon May 04, 2015 2:58 pm

I too use the "Put screw/bolt in hole" routine. Works wonders.

Couple other tricks/hints:
* Marked little plastic baggies.
* Take "X" off and use paper tape to hold the screws in the very holes they came from.
Some screws are longer and some have special self sealing material on the threads. (like GM's infamous timing cover screws)
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Re: All of the plastic is off

Postby WingAdmin » Tue May 05, 2015 10:03 am

I also use the "fasteners/screws/bits inside labelled baggies" method. I keep a box of ziploc bags and a marker in the garage for just that purpose.

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Re: All of the plastic is off

Postby Mh434 » Tue May 05, 2015 11:46 am

The last time I did this, I used a combination of the "put the screws back in the frame" trick, too. I also used another trick, for pieces that connected to other pieces that would be coming off as well. I cut small squares of cardboard, stuck the screws through the piece (say, a chrome trim gizmo), and poked the screws through the cardboard. They stay in their respective holes, don't fall out of the piece, and you can't mix them up.

This saved me a LOT of confusion and extra work.

I've kept a pile of the little squares (with small holes in them) for next time.

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Re: All of the plastic is off

Postby made2care » Wed May 06, 2015 5:57 pm

I've taken/ installed plastics on my 1200. 4 times. I would always place screws back where they went. Labelled baggies work well too. I also took lots of pics. When I purchased sleeping beauty, she was already in 1000 pieces, and never owning a goldwingdoc before, I used the Internet quite a bit as a reference. Quite the puzzle!!

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Re: All of the plastic is off

Postby leland » Wed May 06, 2015 7:47 pm

Thank you all for the suggestions, tips and other resources. Much appreciated. I haven't started as yet. None of the screws were left in place as you have suggested so I don't have that advantage. I forgot to mention before that the plastic was all removed for painting, so even the pieces are in pieces.

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Re: All of the plastic is off

Postby brettchallenger » Thu May 07, 2015 2:32 am

If you post pictures of the bits with which you are having trouble I am sure people will help.
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Re: All of the plastic is off

Postby billcrawford » Thu May 07, 2015 6:55 pm

iam doing the same. i bought a gw 1500 it filled my suv w/ boxes of parts. it can be difficulkt. my best help , along with this goldwingdocs, is go to western honda motor cycles parts. they have great break down of parts alway down to fram, also shows what screws and bolts go where

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Re: All of the plastic is off

Postby Engel6264 » Wed Nov 11, 2015 9:22 am

I would like to know where to find a good source for plastic removal examples.

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Re: All of the plastic is off

Postby seelyark1 » Wed Nov 11, 2015 10:00 am

That's an easy one to find. Just look at the DIY section on this site. I believe they will show you all but the main fairing, and even that has been talked about on here. If in doubt, just ask. :D
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Re: All of the plastic is off

Postby Engel6264 » Wed Nov 11, 2015 10:17 am

Why does it always say "Video deleted?"

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Re: All of the plastic is off

Postby seelyark1 » Wed Nov 11, 2015 10:32 am

I think that the one you are trying to see is not really the one you need. Check out some of the ones on cornering lights etc. There are many that show disassembly of plastics and reassembly.
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Re: All of the plastic is off

Postby FM-USA » Wed Nov 11, 2015 10:53 am

Engel6264 wrote:Why does it always say "Video deleted?"

You need a google account and login.
I went through this 2 weeks ago, forgot I logged out of google.
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Re: All of the plastic is off

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Nov 11, 2015 10:56 am

Engel6264 wrote:Why does it always say "Video deleted?"


There are a couple videos posted by a user who later deleted the videos from YouTube, so it no longer shows them, unfortunately.

If you know which plastics you're looking to remove, I can direct you to the topics that will show you specifically how they are removed.

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Re: All of the plastic is off

Postby seelyark1 » Wed Nov 11, 2015 6:23 pm

Sorry I left him hanging, but sometimes I have to go to work :( I know that there a lot of what he is looking for on this site. Just keep looking, you will find it. :)


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