89 Gl1500 no spark


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DarrellFields
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Re: 89 Gl1500 no spark

Post by DarrellFields » Wed Nov 01, 2017 3:15 am



Okat, good news, i was able to get enough money together and got a brand new set of pulse generators. I got them put on abd ahe fired right up. I don't know why it was ohm reading as good when i previously tested it but now i face the fun long task of reassembling the bike. I didn't have the $110+ for 2 new timing belts but the ones that are on it looked good, no chafing, no cracks and no abnormal or excessive wear. I could tell from looking at them that someone had already been in there messing with the timimg belts. There were paint marks on all of the timing pulleys. Once again. Thank You ALL for allowing me to pick your brains and for all of your help over the last couple months. God Bless you all. I will post an update with pics and hopefully vids when i get her right


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Erdeniz Umman
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Re: 89 Gl1500 no spark

Post by Erdeniz Umman » Wed Nov 01, 2017 3:46 am

Glad to hear that.

For the timing belts, you could find Gates T275 timing belts, on EBay for reasonable prices like 20-50 dollars.

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1988 GL1500 (sold 4/17)

Re: 89 Gl1500 no spark

Post by Corkster52 » Wed Nov 01, 2017 7:17 am

Erdeniz Umman » Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:46 am

For the timing belts, you could find Gates T275 timing belts, on EBay for reasonable prices like 20-50 dollars
Just checked them out. Great prices, and free shipping too! :o

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Re: 89 Gl1500 no spark

Post by DarrellFields » Wed Nov 01, 2017 8:49 pm

:D :D :D well my girl is up and running,, 2 things i Did notice though, for some reason my headlights will adjust but not high enough to put the low beams down the road very far, maybe 30 feet and 2, my front brake caliper seems to be sticking. I am hoping that i can simply adjust the headlights with one of the two phillips head screws. I am Also hoping that if i break the caliper down and thoroughly clean the insides that i Won't need to buy a rebuild kit. I am Still out of work but i need the bike to get me around as well as back and forth until i get some paychecks coming in. Ideas? Thanks again friends your help thus far has been priceless.
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Re: 89 Gl1500 no spark

Post by Erdeniz Umman » Thu Nov 02, 2017 4:11 am

Here is my post about headlight aiming that I have shared recently in this forum.

Note that, adjustment screws are very soft, you can damage them easily.
Before trying anything on the headlight aiming, check the adjustment knob works properly. There is a push-pull mechanism using a wire behind the headlight. Remove the headlight and check it works properly as you rotate the knob.
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Re: 89 Gl1500 no spark

Post by DarrellFields » Sat Nov 04, 2017 5:02 am

Okay, well i wound up putting about 200 miles on her yesterday and she did good except for the 16mpg and the blown fork seal. She also has a bad flat spot in the throttle. The headlights are aimed properly now as well. I had the damn knob on the dash turned backwards. I know the fork seal is a bear of a job. Is it possible to drop the fork tubes out without removing the fairing? Another thing i noticed was that when i get up around 70 mph she starts to get a bit unstable and the rpms get pretty high. Is there any way to cut the rpms back? If it had a chain and sprockets i would just run different sprocket and rim gears but idk what to do with a shaft drive to get the same effect. At about 57 mph i am hitting 2500 rpm. It almost seems like it needs a 6th gear for fuel efficiency. Thanks again y'all
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Re: 89 Gl1500 no spark

Post by Erdeniz Umman » Sat Nov 04, 2017 5:18 am

For the fork seal, you may want to try to clean the seal inner face with Sealmate if the seal is not so bad.




The mpg is quite low, you should have at least 35-40 when you keep the rpm at or below 3000.

You may need a Carburettor synchronization.
http://www.goldwingfacts.com/1500balancecarbs.htm

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Re: 89 Gl1500 no spark

Post by DarrellFields » Sat Nov 04, 2017 6:38 am

Okay, i will Definitely look into the seal trick.. and get the carbs synched
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Re: 89 Gl1500 no spark

Post by Corkster52 » Sat Nov 04, 2017 8:58 am

3000 rpm should give you right at 67 mph

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Re: 89 Gl1500 no spark

Post by DarrellFields » Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:21 am

Ok. Well i went out yesterday for about a 120 mile ride and got an avg of 27 mpg. I was noticing a funky whining noise coming from the driveline as well as a bit of play. Im assuming that the splines on the driveshaft are probably worn, i also noticed a funny little whistling sound under heavy throttle and a bit of a gas smell but i cant find any leaks. She runs strong but i can also tell she will probably need a new clutch in the not too distant future as well. When i would accelerate hard and shift fast she would slip a little until i let off the throttle if i didnt give her a second to let the clutch seat fully first.


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