GL1500 vacuum slides


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OEM replacement slides or me be the guinea pig

Poll ended at Mon Oct 05, 2015 12:28 am

Purchase and install OEM vac slides later
2
67%
Purchase and install aftermarket replacement diaphragms now
1
33%
 
Total votes: 3

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spiralout
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GL1500 vacuum slides

Postby spiralout » Fri Oct 02, 2015 12:28 am



I was drinking beers and tearing down my carbs for inspection and cleaning tonight because of a sudden loss of the left 3 cylinders at idle. When I got the bike in spring of last year, it'd sat for 3 years with gas in it and wouldn't idle so I cleaned 'em and installed an overpriced (for what it is) but quality? kit from Randall Washington (ya, I said that and glad I'm not overhauling 1100 carbs often). I found the right side vac slide and petcock diaphragm literally melted. not pinholes or tears, melted, from whatever chemicals someone had used in the fuel and/or sprayed when it was sitting. The left side vac slide diaphragm was fine and still is. I ended up replacing the right side vac slide with one from Saber. Yes, I knew better due to previously dealing with them but at the time, I didn't have monies for an OEM slide, needed one immediately and and they were the only other I could find. Tonight, when I removed the new right side slide I'd replaced in May of last year, this is what I found (apologies for the crappy pics, I used my phone)



Splits in two places. I'm pissed. The slide, when it arrived, had vertical creases in it due to the way it was packaged but it sat unrolled on the bench overnight before installation. When I installed it, I rolled it similar to the one in this pic

I'm not sure if this is my fault for not returning the one they sent me or if it's just typical of the crap that Saber Cycle sells and would have failed anyway. Whichever, I'm pissed and here's a big FU to Saber.
Ok, now I'm going to leave this up to you guys. I can't afford a $100 OEM slide at the moment but I can one of these. I know nothing about these guys except they're the ones making the fugly replacement rubber boots for the 4-cyl intake runners. I understand that there's no way to go wrong with the OEM slides but I figured here's a chance to for someone to try out a lower cost alternative. Vote up top. You've got 3 days.



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Re: GL1500 vacuum slides

Postby dingdong » Fri Oct 02, 2015 7:21 am

I voted for OEM. Fool me once shame on me fool me twice............... ;) I however know nothing of the other one you linked to. Might be just fine.

Saber wouldn't have let you return the diaphragms anyway. They would have banned you for life. Which is a good thing.
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spiralout
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Re: GL1500 vacuum slides

Postby spiralout » Sun Oct 04, 2015 9:42 am

dingdong wrote:Saber wouldn't have let you return the diaphragms anyway. They would have banned you for life. Which is a good thing.

Ya, you're probably right. They would have sent me a nasty email saying that I'm at fault, not them, and blamed it on the way I opened the package or something.

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Re: GL1500 vacuum slides

Postby Snowmoer » Sun Oct 04, 2015 1:04 pm

I put a set from Saber in my 88 before I knew the problems with the company. I guess I got real lucky as my parts arrived and they worked. I have had the Saber slides in for 15,000 miles now and they are working fine. Again, very lucky!!

I need to search around some. There was a post on another site that had a company that made replacement rubber. You used the factory slide and just replaced the rubber.




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