general mantenance

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general mantenance

Post by furnacedoc » Sat Feb 04, 2012 4:03 pm

Hello everyone I am doing my winter mantenace work on my 97 GL1500SE, I have change dthe oil,( i use synthetic) and filter, replaced ignition plugs and installing a K & N air filter,I have owned my Wing for 2 years and it has 56400 miles on it. what else do i need to loke at or replace to get ready for another season? I have put 16,000 miles on the wing since I got it. at what point do I replace the antifreeze coolant and or hoses? fork oil, flush brake and clutch fluids, or anything else? what do you guys recommend. I plan on keeping my Wing for a long time and want to take good care of it. I am also going to replace both tires before riding season comes and am plnning on going with Dunlop Elite 3 bias ply and using dynabeads again when I replace them. Thankx for your help and insight. See ya on the road.

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Re: general mantenance

Post by HALBUDD » Sat Feb 04, 2012 4:56 pm

If you dont know when your belts were replaced I would do them,change the rear diff. fluid,and while you have the rear wheel off put moly grease on all your splines and rear end. Go ahead and replace your antifreeze as you are doing the belts,that way you know all will be in good shape for riding season. Hal
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Re: general mantenance

Post by cbx4evr » Sat Feb 04, 2012 5:48 pm

Unless you know the history of the bike I would go ahead and do all of those things you mention.

I've been doing the same over the last couple of weeks. Changed fork springs and oil, flushed brakes fluids, installed new front brake pads etc.
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Post by heidebill » Sat Feb 04, 2012 6:55 pm

I replaced my Tires with Dulop E3 , and used Dyna Beads, Very Happy with the results, Last winter I did the back end of the bike , This winter , doing the front end, Along with Progressive Spring and Oil, Having to deal with worn fork tubes, I will install a Fork Brace,
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Post by dingdong » Sun Feb 05, 2012 10:39 am

If you are going into the forks be sure to replace the bushings and seals.

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Re: general mantenance

Post by rlsapp » Thu Feb 16, 2012 11:15 pm

I would also like to know how to do these things myself, "IF" I can... I know how to turn a few wrenches and twist a screwdriver ever now and then, but I don't like to mess with things that get to complicated. Got 37500 miles on a 97, and I would like to change the fluids in the brakes/cluthes and fork tubes, I have changed the rear diff oil around 5000 mls. ago. THKS and be safe while riding.

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Re: general mantenance

Post by thrasherg » Fri Feb 17, 2012 11:47 am

I would highly recommend changing hydraulic fluid (Brake and clutch) every 3 years, it's hygroscopic (Means it absorbs water from the air) and goes bad after a while, I also like to replace standard brake lines with goodridge lines as new lines and new fluid completely transforms most brake systems!! But pretty much all the fluids you mentioned should be changed every 3 to 5 years..


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