GL1500 Timing Belts


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GL1500 Timing Belts

Postby CTrider » Wed Oct 06, 2010 1:29 pm



I own a 1998 GL1500 Aspencade. The milage on the wing is 35,000 miles. I am wondering if I should change the timing belts given that the bike is 12 years old. I'm OK as far as the miles go but not sure if the time factor is against me?
Any answers to my questions would be appreciated.
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Re: GL1500 Timing Belts

Postby virgilmobile » Wed Oct 06, 2010 2:41 pm

Preventive maintenance is always cheaper than catastrophic repairs.Just my thoughts.

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Re: GL1500 Timing Belts

Postby dingdong » Wed Oct 06, 2010 2:59 pm

I would change them if it were mine.
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Re: GL1500 Timing Belts

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Oct 06, 2010 3:16 pm

12 years is pretty old for timing belts, regardless of mileage. They would be on my list of things to do.

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Re: GL1500 Timing Belts

Postby gogs11uk » Wed Oct 06, 2010 4:22 pm

I would go with the above. Change them now as the wing engine is a contact one. For the sake of the cost of belts weighted against the cost of a stripdown and new valves etc. It's a no brainer....

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Re: GL1500 Timing Belts

Postby thrasherg » Thu Oct 07, 2010 10:50 am

I would change them if it was my bike, 12 years is getting on.. :)

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Re: GL1500 Timing Belts

Postby robb » Thu Oct 14, 2010 5:04 pm

You guys make me feel bad. My 89 only has 73k and its original belts. They were recently checked by shop and reported to be OK. Might be a winter project when I change filter and plugs. My dad raced cars and owned his own shop and repeatedly told me "If it ain't broke don't fix it'. Mid 40's for fuel and purrs like a kitten need I say i'm gun shy.

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Re: GL1500 Timing Belts

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Oct 15, 2010 8:07 am

An 89, with 73K, on original, 21-year-old belts?

You can obviously do what you like, but if that were my bike, it would be sitting in the garage, not being started, until the belts get changed.

Being that the belts normally don't show wear externally, and their condition can't be visually checked, I wonder how the shop reported them to be "OK"?

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Re: GL1500 Timing Belts

Postby dingdong » Fri Oct 15, 2010 8:23 am

I would think about finding a new shop that knows Gold Wings. Belts never "look" worn.
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Re: GL1500 Timing Belts

Postby robb » Sat Oct 16, 2010 1:07 pm

Honda dealer thought they were new but the previous owner says they are original. One of my riding buddys has a 88 wing with 279k and has never changed a belt, but he has changed plugs and filter twice.

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Re: GL1500 Timing Belts

Postby detdrbuzzard » Sun Oct 17, 2010 6:31 pm

dingdong wrote:I would think about finding a new shop that knows Gold Wings. Belts never "look" worn.

i agree, my friend changed the belts on his '92 before selling it with over 63,000 miles on it and the belts didn't look worn
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Re: GL1500 Timing Belts

Postby robb » Mon Nov 01, 2010 4:58 pm

I have never had to take a vehicle in for service that was purchased new. Being 2nd owner of the wing it was taken in for a professional opinion only because they think a good bike is only bought through the dealer. Never let anyone do something i can do myself. Buy things outright so I can make changes I desire as as I want to without and greif from dealer.

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Re: GL1500 Timing Belts

Postby ekcyclerepair » Mon Nov 01, 2010 10:51 pm

I would definitely play it safe and change the belts. It's impossible to look at a belt and determine that it's ok. I've seen a few broken belts and they appeared to be just fine, except at the spot where the break occurred. From my experience, stock Honda belts will last at least 120,000 before breaking. I would still go with Honda's recommended rplacement interval of 70,000 miles or every 4 years.

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Re: GL1500 Timing Belts

Postby richshaner » Tue Nov 02, 2010 9:15 pm

I just did the belts on my 1995 SE. It was not a big job. The hardest part was sliding the belt cover away from the cables that cross in front of it. Only 45,000 km on the bike but it's 15 years old and also sat for 5 years, so I figured I better change them. The old belts looked fine, but you just never know.
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Re: GL1500 Timing Belts

Postby robb » Thu Nov 04, 2010 11:10 am

With me it's not an issue with doing it. There is less than 3/8" of flex in the belts and NO sign of oil in the belt compartment. Since 2 friends have 1200 wings with over 270k on original belts I hate to be put down. Driving habit and regular service play a big part in belt failure. If I rode like I stole it all the time then it might be safe to change every 50k or so. Bike has enough power that it does not need to be abused to move. Was told by a service tech who has worked on Honda since 75 that he has witnessed hundreds of belts run over 100k and in his time at honda only 2 times of belt failure. There is a greater chance the sensor will shut down the bike before the belt breaks and will definately show at speeds over 60mph. I say do it if you are worried about it, but if you trust and know your bike it is perfectly safe to ride.
At the closest honda shop their fee was $520 for belts, plugs, filter and oil change. With fee like that I'll ride it till it breaks then buy a used motor on ebay and start over. Have one in wait with 46k that only cost $250 cash and carry.

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Re: GL1500 Timing Belts

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Nov 04, 2010 12:38 pm

$520! At half that price I'd still be making a killer profit if I charged to do that work. No wonder they call them stealerships. I'm in the wrong business! :)

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Re: GL1500 Timing Belts

Postby richshaner » Thu Nov 04, 2010 11:29 pm

$520 WOW. It cost me $150 to do it myself and would have been cheaper if I didn't use OEM belts.

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Re: GL1500 Timing Belts

Postby robb » Fri Nov 05, 2010 11:03 pm

OK i went to NAPA and got 2 belts, set of plugs, napa gold oil filer, K&N air filter and 4 qts Amsoil 10w40 for a grand total of $162. Only reason is thinking about adding a trailer hitch for another loop around Florida trip. About 2300 miles round trip and I view towing to be about as abusive as letting my daughter take out the car. Besides; there is a cracked vacumne tube on the left head that needs repair. Can see with a camera but need to remove airbox to repair.

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Re: GL1500 Timing Belts

Postby BikerGuy » Sat Nov 06, 2010 6:53 pm

My GW mechanic quoted me $400 to change the belts. That seems kind of steep to me! I'm thinking of doing it myself. How hard is it to do? How much are the parts? I know OEM is expensive... Is there a good quality replacement belt that I can get from an auto store that would last 100,000 miles like this one has so far?

Thanks in advance.

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Re: GL1500 Timing Belts

Postby robb » Sat Nov 06, 2010 8:05 pm

Can get belts from NAPA, part # 250275. Over the counter $31.49.

Read this and look at directions. Easy if you feel good with a wrench.

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Re: GL1500 Timing Belts

Postby BikerGuy » Sat Nov 06, 2010 8:14 pm

Thanks Robb.... But what do you want me to watch? A wrench isn't a problem. I've been rehabbing homes and doing home repairs for many years.

Now where did I put that darn wrench???? :lol: :lol:

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Re: GL1500 Timing Belts

Postby robb » Sat Nov 06, 2010 8:21 pm

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Re: GL1500 Timing Belts

Postby BikerGuy » Sat Nov 06, 2010 10:39 pm

No problem my friend. No problem at all! Thanks!! :D




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