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by ekvh
Sun Jun 16, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: GL1000 Information & Questions
Topic: Very High Idle
Replies: 3
Views: 120

Re: Very High Idle

Cables can bind in the sheaths. Try starting it and removing or loosing the cables from the bellcrank at the back of carbs. If you can get the idle down that way, you found an issue. Did you bench sync the carbs. This can be done with carbs on the bike. Just remove the elbows. They’ll come off easie...
by ekvh
Mon May 27, 2019 7:38 am
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: 85' GL 1200 Customization
Replies: 4
Views: 271

Re: 85' GL 1200 Customization

1100 adapts without too much work. Others have used various tanks and removed what’s needed to cover the stuff under the shelter. A Valkyrie tank will fit and give you top mounted tank as will an early 2000ish Mean Streak tank. Next is finding a decent looking seat for your purpose. I chopped the ho...
by ekvh
Sat May 04, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: GL1000 Information & Questions
Topic: Oil Level Before and After ???
Replies: 6
Views: 242

Re: Oil Level Before and After ???

Was the 3/16 measurement on the same temperature engine. Hit and cold could vary that much.
by ekvh
Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:40 am
Forum: Product Reviews
Topic: Dyna Beads vs Counteract Balancing Beads
Replies: 110
Views: 7221

Re: Dyna Beads vs Counteract Balancing Beads

I used a piece of clear tubing as above, then took an orbital electric sander and touched the handle to the tubing. This made the beads keep falling in through the 90 degree elbow.
by ekvh
Wed Apr 24, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Swapping motors
Replies: 9
Views: 706

Re: Swapping motors

Starters are different if the 84 doesn’t have one, you’ll need a different starter. You may have to bypass a few things or swap. Some electronic parts were different. I can’t elaborate more than that.
by ekvh
Tue Apr 23, 2019 6:08 am
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: Starter clutch is on the way out
Replies: 18
Views: 545

Re: Starter clutch is on the way out

Another item to try and keep it freed up is to press the starter button while the bike is running. The starter clutch is an over-running type so no damage can occur. It’s location leave the pins (dogs)in a spot that get little to no lubrication. Pressing the starter while in motion let’s the lower p...
by ekvh
Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:11 am
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Fuel really location??
Replies: 4
Views: 211

Re: Fuel really location??

Not much help, but manual chapter 19. Click on the pics and they should clear up a little.




by ekvh
Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Gl1200 heads
Replies: 4
Views: 193

Re: Gl1200 heads

A fair amount have removed the tubes you refer to which just dumped additional air into the exhaust to pass smog tests. Sounds like you have plugged idle jets. They provide the majority of the fuel off idle to 1/4 throttle. Valves are seldom burned on these. The 1200 has shims which could be needed ...
by ekvh
Mon Apr 01, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: *Update* - Its not good...
Replies: 97
Views: 2659

Re: *Update* - Its not good...

Feeling for your frustration. You’d description of it feeling like it’s going over speed bumps doesn’t make me think this is your issue, but some bikes get too much wear on either the damper cam or spring and can skip once in a while causing a pretty big clunk in the driveline. Most experience it on...
by ekvh
Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:58 am
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: 1200 parts compatibility? Building an Adventure Bike
Replies: 2
Views: 155

Re: 1200 parts compatibility? Building an Adventure Bike

I believe 1500 rear shocks can work on a 1200. They are longer and should give a bit more rear clearance. The 2000 I stripped has a traditional shock on one side and an air shock on the other. If you got two traditional, you’d gain some height, eliminate the air, but it could be tough on ujoint of s...
by ekvh
Sat Mar 30, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: WTB Solid headers 75-77 GL
Replies: 1
Views: 113

Re: WTB Solid headers 75-77 GL

Take them to a shop, cut the old off, weld on new tips. Usually the rest of the header is fine.
by ekvh
Sat Mar 30, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: GL1200 single carb
Replies: 1
Views: 133

Re: GL1200 single carb

Vacuum is needed for ignition timing. Any port below carb should work.
by ekvh
Fri Mar 29, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: Top Dead Center
Replies: 4
Views: 175

Re: Top Dead Center

“It won't hurt anything turning crankshaft by hand with the belts off.” If the crank is turned with a valve(s) open very much, it will likely bend a valve. There are points where all the valves are 98% on the base circle and safe to turn the crank. Up mark at 2 o’clock on the right side and 8:00 on ...
by ekvh
Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: GL1200 CDI ECU
Replies: 2
Views: 135

Re: GL1200 CDI ECU

It will work on your 85.
by ekvh
Tue Mar 26, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Gl1200 with 1100 carbs
Replies: 2
Views: 148

Re: Gl1200 with 1100 carbs

I’ve done it with 77 carbs. Adequate but far from ideal. Vacuum on the cv slides will be greater on the 1200. In my experience it lifted them too quickly in some situations and left the motor choking for a few seconds. I reduced the size of the holes on the bottom of the slides just a little to find...
by ekvh
Tue Mar 26, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Just read this......
Replies: 3
Views: 174

Re: Just read this......

I don’t think there’s supposed to be. The manual says: here, read it. 0A14741E-A63D-4CCC-8650-29DE62316DBC.png 01A38532-A1BC-4A7A-885F-9290D7F624D0.png So Honda says move the swingarm left until you hit 58-87 ft lbs. Then tighten the other side. I’m guessing, non-engineer that I am, that the bearing...
by ekvh
Tue Mar 26, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: GL1000 Information & Questions
Topic: Wheel alignment seems off
Replies: 5
Views: 246

Re: Wheel alignment seems off

I’m not an engineer. Take this with a grain of engineering salt. Make sure your fork tubes are dead-even in the clamps for height. On my 77, I have found that 1/16” difference can cause what you’re feeling. Picture one fork tube up 2-3” and the other where it should be, and think of how that affects...
by ekvh
Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Just read this......
Replies: 3
Views: 174

Re: Just read this......

It could, but (IMO) it shouldn’t be enough to cause what you’ve been describing. That said, it sure won’t hurt to loosen everything up and follow the procedure. Just thinking now and remembering my conglomeration of parts. I have a 1200 swingarm in a 1000 frame. I have to have the swingarm centered ...
by ekvh
Sun Mar 24, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: Pre Carb Rebuild Questions
Replies: 43
Views: 1602

Re: Pre Carb Rebuild Questions

**** should move up and down. LOL Try soaking just the non-rubber part for a while and carefully exercising the spring with a small flat bladed screwdriver. The clip can be removed. They usually clean up for me that way.
by ekvh
Sat Mar 23, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: GL1000 Information & Questions
Topic: GL1000 Timing advance unit
Replies: 12
Views: 539

Re: GL1000 Timing advance unit

I’m sure lots of them kick around until someone says, “What the heck is this?” And then toss it in the garbage.

Try a post in the wanted section. Not sure if available from Honda still. I believe they’re the same 75-79 for that piece.
by ekvh
Sat Mar 23, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: GL1000 Information & Questions
Topic: GL1000 Timing advance unit
Replies: 12
Views: 539

Re: GL1000 Timing advance unit

Another notable difference is the “bumpers” for the springs. I noticed them comparing a set of 431 to 371 advancers. I call them bumpers but don’t know what purpose they serve. The springs rest against them at full advance. As Denverwinger pointed out, the cam bumps are very small. Poke around your ...
by ekvh
Fri Mar 22, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: GL1000 Information & Questions
Topic: GL1000 Timing advance unit
Replies: 12
Views: 539

Re: GL1000 Timing advance unit

It has two slots near the base so the “arms” of the mechanical advance can move the lobes accordingly. You can see it in your top photo
by ekvh
Fri Mar 22, 2019 8:14 pm
Forum: GL1000 Information & Questions
Topic: GL1000 Timing advance unit
Replies: 12
Views: 539

Re: GL1000 Timing advance unit

Never seen this before. Maybe someone else will recognize it.


You need the thinner piece as in the top photo.
by ekvh
Fri Mar 22, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: GL1000 Information & Questions
Topic: GL1000 Timing advance unit
Replies: 12
Views: 539

Re: GL1000 Timing advance unit

Bolt is a standard metric size. Not sure what you mean by sheath.
by ekvh
Wed Mar 20, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Float valve needle filter
Replies: 4
Views: 189

Re: Float valve needle filter

Yeah anything that gets past that filter, gets caught by Honda’s last and best filter. Some call it the idle jet.