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by CrystalPistol
Wed Oct 28, 2020 9:44 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Alternator Fastener Bolts Torque Specs
Replies: 12
Views: 633

Re: Alternator Fastener Bolts Torque Specs

17 ftlbs rings a bell with me. When I needed to replace mine in a motel parking lot in 2005, I just used the tool kit box wrench. No issues for a few weeks when I put the repaired one in, using same wrench. Then no issue for years.
by CrystalPistol
Fri Oct 16, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: The chrome rotor covers ...
Replies: 7
Views: 271

Re: The chrome rotor covers ...

The 2000 ASP front chrome rotor covers has the LED lights (so called ring of fire) in them one side is bright the right side other side left side is dim ... there not nearly as bright as the right side... just asking what to look for before I tear into tracing wires that the PO has done or didn't d...
by CrystalPistol
Sun Oct 04, 2020 11:27 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Engine housing broke
Replies: 15
Views: 474

Re: Engine housing broke

You clean it good, wait until no oil is coming out, clean with something like Berkabile 2+2 instant gum cutter, blow dry, use original formula JB WELD, let harden a little before applying so it'll not run off fast, I would bet the leak will stop with the cure of the first application. You could buil...
by CrystalPistol
Wed Sep 30, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: GL1200 "Alternartor Mod" stuff
Replies: 1
Views: 223

Re: GL1200 "Alternartor Mod" stuff

The two pulleys are sold & already shipped. Only the 1200 timing belt covers remain.
by CrystalPistol
Mon Sep 21, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: press the start button... then a click noise then a buzz sound
Replies: 8
Views: 212

Re: press the start button... then a click noise then a buzz sound

And if "buzzed" long enough, hell on contacts in solenoid itself. I'm with others, connection or corrosion … or battery. Couple weeks ago my wife went to mow, soon back in the house, Wheel Horse would not start, nothing. I had just put a full charged new battery in it the night before too, "dang it"...
by CrystalPistol
Sun Sep 20, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Swing Arm Universal Joint
Replies: 5
Views: 328

Re: Swing Arm Universal Joint

1985? The U-joint will go in or come out through the swing arm driveshaft tunnel or tube. I used to pull mine on my '85Aspencade at tire changes to inspect & lube those splines. Usually the U-joint was stiff enough to hold it's front yoke "up", but a wrap of masking tape won't hurt. I used the driv...
by CrystalPistol
Fri Sep 18, 2020 9:25 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Front wheel bearing question
Replies: 4
Views: 193

Re: Front wheel bearing question

ride dont hide wrote:
Tue Sep 15, 2020 6:18 pm
………. My question is should I be able to turn the inner race by hand easily when fully seated? …………….
yes
by CrystalPistol
Mon Sep 14, 2020 11:30 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Advice on bike for sale, '98 103k miles
Replies: 13
Views: 327

Re: Advice on bike for sale, '98 103k miles

Prices for used bikes are way down, but $900 for a 103,xxx mile GL1500 that's not totally roached out, that runs "some", even in the presence of flat dry rotted tires, is a steal. Last year I had a '85 GL1200A with 70-odd thousand miles, maybe 76,xxx, run great, did need tires though, even said so i...
by CrystalPistol
Mon Sep 14, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Bad Ground
Replies: 16
Views: 325

Re: Bad Ground

I'd look for a replacement connector at the battery negative, but if that one is clean, it's making good contact. In the meantime, I might would sandwich the one with the "gap" in it between two stainless steel flat washers. Nice "spinner adapter" idea, but it wouldn't work on our tester at our stor...
by CrystalPistol
Mon Sep 14, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Clutch Lever and the Friction Zone
Replies: 3
Views: 135

Re: Clutch Lever and the Friction Zone

I have never before had a bike with a hydraulic clutch and would appreciate some insight... In the past, with cable clutches, as the clutch wears the friction zone gets closer and closer to the BEGINNING of the clutch lever travel, ie pull in just a hair and clutch starts to slip. On my wing I feel...
by CrystalPistol
Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:42 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Front fork spring upgrade
Replies: 20
Views: 841

Re: Front fork spring upgrade

Crystalpistol, that battery acid detector/cleaner that you recommended works great. Sprayed on liberally, waited for it to work, rinsed of thoroughly, and repeated after everything dried. Used a small toothbrush to get all the nooks and crannies. Will wipe it down good with prep cleaner and a nice ...
by CrystalPistol
Sat Sep 12, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Front fork spring upgrade
Replies: 20
Views: 841

Re: Front fork spring upgrade

Fork rebuild, timing belts, coolant flush, new front tire, trailer hitch, new to me saddlebags, and various fasteners later. She is sitting noticeably higher than when I got her. Date mark on the tires makes them 15 years old and you would think they were just put on by the way they look. Noticed a...
by CrystalPistol
Fri Sep 11, 2020 8:28 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Speedometer 5 MPH off!
Replies: 9
Views: 456

Re: Speedometer 5 MPH off!

Does anyone know if there is a way to recalibrate the speedometer. I have a 1986 GL1200 Aspencade and the speedo has been off ever since I bought it. Comparing the speed to my phone I 5 off. When I am going 65 the speedo is saying 60. I replaced the back tire and thought that would help and made no...
by CrystalPistol
Fri Sep 11, 2020 1:31 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Timing belts and brakes
Replies: 2
Views: 141

Re: Timing belts and brakes

The timing belt tensioners are just adjustable idlers, the arm they are bolted to has a spring. It is not a calibrated spring, it is not intended to be the proper tension to the idler or belt, they just apply enough pressure to help the mechanic like a third hand. Many believe the springs are intend...
by CrystalPistol
Tue Sep 08, 2020 11:27 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Valve Cover Damage
Replies: 14
Views: 684

Re: Head Cover Damage

Aluminum that has been in an oil bath all it's life may be hard to weld. Aluminum is porous and oil will be next to impossible to remove completely. The oil will boil and pop when heat is applied and make it tough to do any welding on it. Talk to your welder friend and see what he has to say. But I...
by CrystalPistol
Mon Sep 07, 2020 6:34 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: No output from alternator
Replies: 9
Views: 269

Re: No output from alternator

That big dog bone fuse that was under the cover right beside the battery is Main Fuse "B", 55 amp.

You know there is another Main Fuse "A" located in the top of relay A don't you? It's 30 amp. It is not a dog bone. Relay "A" is in there behind the dog bone fuse holder you spoke of.
by CrystalPistol
Sat Sep 05, 2020 3:49 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Solder Seal
Replies: 22
Views: 604

Re: Solder Seal

So you use an open flame and because of shrink wrap, you can't see the final joint? That don't sound good to me? I think I'll stick with my Kester Rosin Core and Weller Junior and then slide shrink wrap in place if I'm using it, use a heat gun to shrink that ( or a match if not near flamables ) … ma...
by CrystalPistol
Wed Sep 02, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Tire plug question.
Replies: 17
Views: 513

Re: Tire plug question.

A friend of mine told me he puts in 2 plugs at the same time. Makes a better seal. Thoughts. I did that once on a car tire thinking it would help, only time I ever plugged one using the brown stringy rope plugs that leaked. I never used a black one that didn't leak so I don't buy the black ones at ...
by CrystalPistol
Wed Sep 02, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: 1200 ASPENCADE jumpstart snafu!
Replies: 6
Views: 296

Re: 1200 ASPENCADE jumpstart snafu!

Well, batteries don't push current, they only store it and circuits draw it, so the fuse blowing tells me you already had a short somewhere and it was unknown until a live battery was hooked up. You didn't have the battery hooked up in reverse I take it? Guessing also that you replaced the fuse with...
by CrystalPistol
Tue Sep 01, 2020 4:01 pm
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: GL1500 40-amp "N-O" relays
Replies: 1
Views: 231

Re: GL1500 40-amp "N-O" relays

The 5 relays have been sold & shipped.
by CrystalPistol
Tue Sep 01, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: GL-1500 D-shafts & U-joints
Replies: 2
Views: 208

Re: GL-1500 D-shafts & U-joints

I have sold all my good U-joints.

I have one left that has some play in it, I removed it from our trike years ago after feeling the thing vibrating.
by CrystalPistol
Mon Aug 31, 2020 9:37 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Intermittent vibration
Replies: 27
Views: 751

Re: Intermittent vibration

The rattle at idle in gear, motor running, on the center stand with rear wheel rotating is normal. There is backlash in the gear train, that's the clearance between gear teeth, slack in chains, etc …. working clearances. A internal combustion engine with individual cylinders will at lower engine spe...
by CrystalPistol
Sat Aug 29, 2020 9:37 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Tire plug question.
Replies: 17
Views: 513

Re: Tire plug question.

3 hrs from home with a flat back tire with a screw in it Screw is maybe / likely in the tread I guess. I'd plug it with a brown twisted rope plug ( the black ones always have failed me ) until I got home, insert, air up, dab spit on repair looking for bubbles, wait awhile, recheck pressure, ride ge...
by CrystalPistol
Fri Aug 28, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: 1500 SE differences
Replies: 13
Views: 454

Re: 1500 SE differences

Maybe 15 - 16 years ago I researched and made notes and came up with my 1500 history list. I missed some of it, like when the lower turn assist lights or fader were added but here's a copy of what I wrote on the subject. I think it likely I did it in late 2004 as I was learning about my our "new to ...
by CrystalPistol
Thu Aug 27, 2020 4:06 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: CB radio
Replies: 7
Views: 263

Re: CB radio

I can recall seeing OEM used units advertised for $6-700 back about 20-25 years ago. Factory where you describe by your left knee. I wanted one on my '85 for group rides, Ken Chapin sent me schematics and RS parts list to build an "integrator" box in the '90s, I used a smallish Cobra from a truck st...