Maintenance post 1996


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jokar
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Maintenance post 1996

Postby jokar » Wed Mar 09, 2016 5:12 pm



Hi all from Queensland Oz.....first post here....recently got back into a wing...had one in 1981....been on 8 jappers, 6 harleys, 2 indians and a trumpie since then....finally come to my senses and picked up a 1994 1500A. Bit abused around the edges...no fluid changes for 4 years etc etc. I'm thinking about updating to a cleaner, better maintained newer model. One ad for a 1996 1500 that's current here makes reference to this being the last year that you could do most of the maintenance yourself. Can you all advise if this is the case? What was changed from 1995 to 1996 that would cause this to be the case? Great site to be a member of....have used the DIY section to sort a few matters already...really appreciate everybody's input...green lights and blue skies for all. Thanks



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RBGERSON
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Re: Maintenance post 1996

Postby RBGERSON » Wed Mar 09, 2016 6:55 pm

Have no idea what he is talking about not many changes 95 to 96 and the biggest issues with pre 97's is the 4th gear tranny problem..many bikes have had 4th go out pre 97..in 97 they changed the tranny to the valleryie type and the problem disappeared. Note some pre 96's run fine and never had the issue..but many have??? At least that's what I have read several times here and on other sites.

There are a couple of sites that list model year changes..like the Saunders site.

http://www.goldwingfacts.com/goldwinghistory.htm
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Re: Maintenance post 1996

Postby keithg64 » Wed Mar 09, 2016 9:31 pm

I have a 2000 gl1500 and do all of my own maintenance.
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jokar
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Re: Maintenance post 1996

Postby jokar » Wed Mar 09, 2016 10:17 pm

Thanks....sounds like he's spinning some crap to get a sale....I've previously researched the year by year changes and couldn't see anything of note...won't be looking at his then

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Re: Maintenance post 1996

Postby Bluewaterhooker0 » Wed Mar 09, 2016 10:25 pm

From what I've read, the '97 and up are the best models to have. Transmission and universal joint upgrades are the most noted improvements. Both were borrowed from the Valkyrie. BTW, I just came back from Daytona Bike Week, and Honda was displaying a new Valkyrie. Not much to look at, really. The old ones are beautiful bikes. I'm pretty sure all the 1500's are a pain in the ass to work on. Suspect the 1800's are as well. That's just life when you cram that much stuff into a bike. Plastic everywhere, and a really complex wiring setup. But, that said, not really that many problems, once you get her set up, and maintained. Just fluid changes in the engine, forks, brakes and clutch, every 5000 miles, or couple years, depending on the fluid. I've spent as much, or more time adding accessories and lights, as regular maintenance.

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Re: Maintenance post 1996

Postby dingdong » Thu Mar 10, 2016 8:27 am

Don't worry! As far as maintenance is concerned there is no difference in any of the gl1500 models. Just a few improved parts and some not so improved parts.
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Re: Maintenance post 1996

Postby joeincalif » Thu Mar 10, 2016 9:58 am

all 1500's are basically all the same, the big change came in 2001 when Honda came out with the 1800 wing. Still not a big deal to do your own maintenance, the biggest complaint is changing the air filter, but that's not bad once you do it once or twice.


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