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by WingAdmin
Fri Jan 18, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: GL1800 (2001-2017) Information & Questions
Topic: Electrical issue, GL 1800
Replies: 6
Views: 96

Re: Electrical issue, GL 1800

Sorry both batteries were fully charged. I keep them on a tender. Were the batteries fully charged when you put them on the tender? A tender will not bring a battery up to full charge. Battery Tenders (at least the Deltran ones - i.e. Battery Tender Jr.) will bring a battery up to full charge, but ...
by WingAdmin
Fri Jan 18, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: Front caliper bracket removal,
Replies: 1
Views: 33

Re: Front caliper bracket removal,

I am trying to remove the front caliper bracket so I can remove the front wheel. I removed the 2 mounting bolts, but on the backside of the top mounting bolt there is a backpiece (sleeve) that I can't remove which holding the bracket to the forks. Without removing the bracket there is not enough cl...
by WingAdmin
Fri Jan 18, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: GL1100 left side smoking white
Replies: 6
Views: 116

Re: GL1100 left side smoking white

I always keep it on the center stand. Synced carbs again to be sure, was a wee bit off but solid now. Still bogs down a bit when I snap throttle. While still connected, my vacuum gauges plummet when I floor it, then sky rocket. I would think they'd ramp up first when I hit throttle. Running better,...
by WingAdmin
Fri Jan 18, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: GL1000 Information & Questions
Topic: 78 GL1000
Replies: 3
Views: 51

Re: 78 GL1000

I think you've answered your question. New pads, with the pistons fully retracted have very little clearance against the rotors. Adding a few thousandths of an inch from layers of paint on the caliper mounting surface is definitely going to be capable of making things not fit anymore. Also important...
by WingAdmin
Thu Jan 17, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: Rear brakes not engaging after rebuild
Replies: 6
Views: 95

Re: Rear brakes not engaging after rebuild

It has no pressure or resistance in the pedal at all, but limited hydraulic pressure is going to the caliper bc when I open the nipple while holding down the pedal, some fluid comes out but not at good pressure like your expect. Well, after realizing that it's an '83 with linked rear brake with the...
by WingAdmin
Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: GL1800 (2001-2017) Information & Questions
Topic: Electrical issue, GL 1800
Replies: 6
Views: 96

Re: Electrical issue, GL 1800

I agree - undo the last thing you did electrically (the lights) and see if the problem goes away.

It wouldn't be the first time that aftermarket lights/electrical stuff came from the manufacturer with the "plug and play" plugs wired incorrectly.
by WingAdmin
Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Lowering a GL1500.....yeah, I know,...again
Replies: 5
Views: 165

Re: Lowering a GL1500.....yeah, I know,...again

Keep in mind you might need to deal with the side stand as well - easiest way is to heat it up and bend it out a little bit, then repaint where you burned the paint off so it doesn't rust. Otherwise the bike will sit too upright and can be blown/fall over. It won't take much lowering before the stoc...
by WingAdmin
Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: Rear brakes not engaging after rebuild
Replies: 6
Views: 95

Re: Rear brakes not engaging after rebuild

Can you get any pressure at all on the brake? Or is the pedal just flopping down like there's no fluid in there? If you have any pressure at all, try tying down the pedal (I use a bungee cord) - pump it several times, push it down hard, and fix it in that position. Then let it sit like that overnigh...
by WingAdmin
Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: GL1800 (2001-2017) Information & Questions
Topic: 2005 high beam upgrade
Replies: 4
Views: 129

Re: 2005 high beam upgrade

I replaced both high beam bulbs with LED bulbs. I had read in the past how difficult they are to change. They are no joke a pain to change, especially the left side. Yup. I helped install a set on a GL1800 on the local GWRRA chapter's maintenance day last year, and came away with shredded hands aft...
by WingAdmin
Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Lowering a GL1500.....yeah, I know,...again
Replies: 5
Views: 165

Re: Lowering a GL1500.....yeah, I know,...again

I can't speak to the clearance of the front wheel from moving the forks up in the triple tree - I know it's close already, but I don't know exactly how much clearance is left between the fender and the fairing at full bump in front. Make sure you check with the wheel turned as well as straight ahead...
by WingAdmin
Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: GL1100 excessive exhaust smoke, clicking noise, head gaskets job
Replies: 15
Views: 388

Re: GL1100 excessive exhaust smoke, clicking noise, head gaskets job

Thanks to all, I have gave up.. closed everything again for second time, replaced the exhaust gaskets, changed the oil to normal oil, adjusted the valves clearance for a third time... The compression in cylinder 4 (i think was 4..) stil low (125 vs 150 in all others) the ticking noise still there.....
by WingAdmin
Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: GL1100 DIY Articles
Topic: How to remove, rebuild and reinstall your starter
Replies: 286
Views: 97485

Re: How to remove, rebuild and reinstall your starter

I removed my old starter no problem. New starter arrived today and I can not get it into the sprocket for the life of me. Chain hasn't fallen and still moves freely but with new sprocket it's like it's not aligned when I go to install new starter. Any tips or advice would be much appreciated. Bikes...
by WingAdmin
Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Plug on rectifier
Replies: 6
Views: 192

Re: Plug on rectifier

My bad ... you are quite correct ... its current, not voltage .. but many of my 1200 friends have hard soldered both the 3 yellow wires plug, and the (iffy) ones at the rect/reg SilverDave Yes, it's a common fix for all the four-cylinder wings, mine included.
by WingAdmin
Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: GL1500 DIY Articles
Topic: Clutch Slave Cylinder overhaul
Replies: 8
Views: 5476

Re: Clutch Slave Cylinder overhaul

By the way, I did all this because I was losing clutch fluid with no obvious signs of why. Once I got the slave cylinder removed I couldn't believe the mess inside it to the point that I was amazed it had worked at all. The seal was completely trashed and the whole thing covered in brown gunge. My ...
by WingAdmin
Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Plug on rectifier
Replies: 6
Views: 192

Re: Plug on rectifier

Many 1200 owners have followed the route of the EC 1200 harness ( which I installed about 14 years ago ) and removed that Rect /reg plug and hard soldered and shrink wrapped those connection wires too.. They have the same design flaw as the meltable 3 yellow wires plug ... up to 70 VAC going thru a...
by WingAdmin
Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Has anyone ever made a "rat bike" out of a 1500?
Replies: 24
Views: 577

Re: Has anyone ever made a "rat bike" out of a 1500?

How about a snow-capable Wing with sidecar and outrigger from Poland?


by WingAdmin
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: Straighten bent brake lever.
Replies: 2
Views: 112

Re: Straighten bent brake lever.

An alternative is to get aftermarket adjustable levers, which are available to fit - I've done this before.
by WingAdmin
Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: LEDs and flashers - ya... that again...
Replies: 36
Views: 1696

Re: LEDs and flashers - ya... that again...

That second picture above is me holding the steering sensor and cancel unit itself, after removing it from the triple tree. It lives inside the steering head shaft - part of it is fastened to the steering head that moves, part of it is fastened to the frame that doesn't move. In that way, it can tel...
by WingAdmin
Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: 2000 GL1500 blowing fuse IGN START CRUISE
Replies: 40
Views: 616

Re: 2000 GL1500 blowing fuse IGN START CRUISE

It's important to know whether the melt is the cause of the short, or the symptom. If there was obvious mechanical damage to the harness, to the point where insulation was breached between two wires, they shorted and then melted, then you know that just replacing those wires with new spliced-in wire...
by WingAdmin
Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: Remove front wheel/forks while on lift or centerstand?
Replies: 1
Views: 89

Re: Remove front wheel/forks while on lift or centerstand?

1983 GL1100 interstate. Is there enough clearance to remove the forks while only on the center stand? I have access to a motorcycle lift (not jack) if I were to use the lift how would I remove the front wheel while on the lift? I know I need to get the front end up high enough to remove the forks b...
by WingAdmin
Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Acrylic vs Polycarbonate windshields
Replies: 7
Views: 226

Re: Acrylic vs Polycarbonate windshields

I did separate the threads, as the original thread was about windshield heights, and the discussion had completely changed to acrylic vs polycarbonate, so I separated them - makes it easier for others to find in future. Polycarbonate is definitely softer and more easily scratched than acrylic. It al...
by WingAdmin
Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Battery type
Replies: 20
Views: 364

Re: Battery type

I just wanted to post a note here... I am sick and tired of AGM batteries and I bought my last one 07 August 18. I know this because that is the date I wrote on it six months ago when I bought it. I have been through about 4 or 5 AGM batteries over the last few years. They die. Well, all batteries ...
by WingAdmin
Tue Jan 08, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Acrylic vs Polycarbonate windshields
Replies: 7
Views: 226

Re: Acrylic vs Polycarbonate windshields

One of the main benefits of polycarbonate is that it BENDS instead of breaking into sharp edges. If you hit something, you ARE going through the windshield. Would you rather it bend out of the way, or shatter, leaving sharp edges for you to travel across? This has been posted here many times before:...
by WingAdmin
Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: 2000 GL1500 blowing fuse IGN START CRUISE
Replies: 40
Views: 616

Re: 2000 GL1500 blowing fuse IGN START CRUISE

That c57 looks like it's a bear to get to, any tricks to get to it without pulling the fairing off? It is a nightmare to get to. I have done it by going through the side marker light, but my knuckles were shredded afterwards. If the short is in fact there, you'll likely have to take some of the fai...
by WingAdmin
Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Acrylic vs Polycarbonate windshields
Replies: 7
Views: 226

Re: Acrylic vs Polycarbonate windshields

I am pretty sure the OEM shield on my 1800 was polycarbonate. I now have an after market acrylic one. It is three years old and still looks like new, I take great care about cleaning it so as not to scratch. Use plain water on micro fiber towel, just lay across windshield to let bugs and bird doo s...