Replacing air cleaner on GL1800

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Replacing air cleaner on GL1800

Postby » Tue Apr 22, 2014 4:08 pm

I have watched a video on how to do this and it seems an engine rebuild would not be more involved. Does anybody have any advice on how to deal with this problem short of just throwing money at the dealer? I am fine with bolts and screws but all that plastic snapping into plastic unnerves me.

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Re: Replacing air cleaner on GL1800

Postby Steve F » Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:40 pm

It's not difficult, just takes time. If you've watched the video(s) then that should prepare you enough to just jump in and "get'er done". I would recommend that you number the screws that are under the side trim pieces as they're different lengths and it can be confusing if you're not prepared. I think the hardest part is remembering the connections that you take apart and they need to be re connected, but even THAT isn't that difficult. I just lay all the other parts on the passenger foot pegs keeping left and right separated, and they're right there when you go to reassemble.
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Re: Replacing air cleaner on GL1800

Postby JerriEric » Wed Jun 04, 2014 7:26 am

Plastic really comes off easily. I was leery at first also. First change took me 4 hours, 2nd took me 2 hours. Just take your time, watch the video and pause it while you perform the step.

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Re: Replacing air cleaner on GL1800

Postby harvey01 » Wed Jun 04, 2014 8:28 am

Regarding the screws, I use an egg carton and start at the bottom and place the screws in the carton based from bottom to top. Yes I did number them but since stealing this egg carton from the kitchen it is really easier for me. Just make sure you put it in a safe location so it won't spill. Honda was not kind as they used different size screws for some of the holes so keeping them in order is important.

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