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Brakes, balancing and spark plugs

Postby bjtex » Thu Jul 07, 2011 10:35 pm



Hi, I have a few general questions about installing front and rear brakes, and balancing beads, do they work? And how diffcult is it to change the spark plugs on my 1500. My first question is about installing the front and rear brakes, is it hard to do? Can I do it ( beginner in repair) or would it be best to take it to a shop? Second question is do balancing beads work? Third, changing spark plugs, do i have to remove the flaring to get to them?



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Re: Stuck Throttle

Postby MikeB » Thu Jul 07, 2011 11:38 pm

First BJ, I have to HIGHLY recommend that you get yourself a Service Manual, preferably a real service manual and not a Clymer's. Yes, they are about $60 but well worth the expense.

Now to your questions:

#1 - Replacing Brake Pads - Relatively easy for any wrench turner. All you need to know is in the service manual but you can get through it without it if you are good wrench but there are things in the book that you need to know. The front pads are easier because you only need to remove the brake rotor covers and a couple of pieces of fender plastic to get at the calipers. The rear is a bit more involved. The seat, trunk under cover, the left rear side cover above the passenger foot rest and the left saddlebag assembly need to be removed to access the caliper.

#2 - Balancing Beads - I have never used them but there are those on this BBS that have and they are well pleased with the way they work.

#3 - The spark plugs are not that bad at all but you will need to take off the right, left and front cowl to do the job. The plastic comes off easy enough, especially when you are removing all three pieces at the same time. For a first timer, it is going to be fun for you to find all the screws. Its a small challenge but once again, anyone can do it if they fancy themselves a mechanic.
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Re: Brakes, balancing and spark plugs

Postby bjtex » Wed Aug 17, 2011 7:24 am

DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT YEAR FROM 1988 TO 1999 WHICH GOLDWING 1500 SE WAS THE BEST IN ALL ASPECTS. ALSO I HAD A 1990 GOLDWING SE WHICH HAD MORE LEG ROOM THAN MY 1993 GOLDWING SE DID HONDA REDISIGN THE 93 MODEL TO BE SHORTER IN LEG ROOM? THXS, JIM ;)

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Re: Brakes, balancing and spark plugs

Postby dingdong » Wed Aug 17, 2011 9:04 am

Mikeb answered your other questions. As to the Dyna beads, yes they do work. Take a read at this article on the Saunders site for info in the different Goldwing models. Did you have a backrest on the 90 model? I had to remove the backrest on my 93 to give me more wiggle room.

Edit: forgot something! http://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/drw ... ng_history
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Re FEEDBACK

Postby bjtex » Wed Aug 17, 2011 9:28 am

DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT YEAR FROM 1988 TO 1999 WHICH GOLDWING 1500 SE WAS THE BEST IN ALL ASPECTS. ALSO I HAD A 1990 GOLDWING SE WHICH HAD MORE LEG ROOM THAN MY 1993 GOLDWING SE DID HONDA REDISIGN THE 93 MODEL TO BE SHORTER IN LEG ROOM? THXS, JIM

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Re: Re FEEDBACK

Postby dingdong » Thu Aug 18, 2011 9:47 am

bjtex wrote:DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT YEAR FROM 1988 TO 1999 WHICH GOLDWING 1500 SE WAS THE BEST IN ALL ASPECTS. ALSO I HAD A 1990 GOLDWING SE WHICH HAD MORE LEG ROOM THAN MY 1993 GOLDWING SE DID HONDA REDISIGN THE 93 MODEL TO BE SHORTER IN LEG ROOM? THXS, JIM


Which year is the best will be just a matter of opinion. If you read the article I linked to the Saunders site it will tell you all of the differences in the 1500 so you can form your own opinion. Good luck!

Tom


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