Timing Chain Slack Adjustment


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Tepcro
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Timing Chain Slack Adjustment

Postby Tepcro » Thu Feb 04, 2016 1:01 pm



Has anyone got a tutorial with some pictures (or without) on how to Timing Chain Slack Adjustment?



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Re: Timing Chain Slack Adjustment

Postby PastoT » Fri Mar 04, 2016 4:04 pm

GL1800 should adjust automatically. It has a spring loaded tensioner. I suppose if you had a heap of miles on it (200k or more) you might be right, but I've not heard of any issue with chain tensioner unless it is faulty or flat wore out. If you're new to the 1800 you might be hearing the injectors clicking, try some Lucas fuel additive, they quiet right down and clean the injectors nicely. My 02 has almost 100k and haven't noticed a single issue with anything short of an occasionally stuck switch. Also use a good name brand fuel (I like Chevron and Shell), with the falling prices there is little reason to skimp, Chevron cleans the engine nicely with its techron additive.
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Re: Timing Chain Slack Adjustment

Postby Tepcro » Fri Mar 04, 2016 10:27 pm

Thank you PastoT
What does PastoT stand for, if you dont mind me asking?

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Re: Timing Chain Slack Adjustment

Postby Tepcro » Fri Mar 04, 2016 10:31 pm

What I really hear is like a thumping rattle that usually occurs when I lug it when warmed up.
I really cant describe the sound other than like a shaft in the gear box with a bunch of side play where it is rattling around.
I tried using Lucas Synthetic 20-50 oil hoping that when warm the rattling would let up but it is the same.
It could be that the sound is normal to 1800 Goldwing as this is the only one I've ever rode

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Re: Timing Chain Slack Adjustment

Postby PastoT » Fri Mar 04, 2016 11:39 pm

Hmmm... First The 1800 Shouldn't Be Lugged. Shift Above 2000 Rpm, Around 2500 Is Manual Spec. I Use 10-40 Mobil T1 From 5 To 125 Degrees F Without Issue. The Lucas I Use Is The Additive For Top End Lube And Fuel System Cleaning.The Small Bottle WillTreat Three Tanks. I Only Use It About Every Fourth Tank Less I Get Chevron. You Might Visit A Dairy Queen And Listen A Few Other GoldwingS. Lol Pardon The Caps, I'm On My Phone!
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Re: Timing Chain Slack Adjustment

Postby WINGER3 » Sun Mar 06, 2016 4:32 pm

A PastoT said "do not lug the Goldwing engine", what's going on is the engine when lugged, is fighting with its compression stroke because it is not getting enough power to overcome the compression and pull the bike at the same time, always keep it above 2000RPM or you will destroy it, rods or crank bearings or both. In town shift down, on the road give it enough power to pull the load and it will last 3-500000 mi just with lube and love, TLC for short. :mrgreen:


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