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by SilverDave
Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: head set connection
Replies: 2
Views: 157

Re: head set connection

Depending on your radio, some people wire into the stereo directly for phones and MP3 players : see here: https://goldwingdocs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=15837 I did this , successfully , with my old GL1200 RM 1100 radio. Sadly, the radio died inside a year . My new-to-me radio is a 1400A panasonic a...
by SilverDave
Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Stay hydrated in the heat!
Replies: 9
Views: 308

Re: Stay hydrated in the heat!

The company Sixsixone makes core coo;era : http://thebellstore.com/Protection/Sixsixone/Sixsixone_CoreCooler.html - - - - apparently often used by aircraft carrier deck personal, if you believe the hype. I have used one under my Mesh jacket for about 10 years.. It works well.. About $45, if on sale ...
by SilverDave
Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Long trip, what parts would you bring?
Replies: 13
Views: 335

Re: Long trip, what parts would you bring?

I have been on several " Long trips " ... LOL You need enough tools only to change spark plugs, change oil, detect and repair any minor electrical problems , and enough duct tape to hold anything together until you get to a shop. You are unlikely to change steering bearings , rebuild carbs , or do a...
by SilverDave
Mon Jul 02, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Lifting these beasts.
Replies: 2
Views: 158

Re: Lifting these beasts.

I have a similar but home built one . I replaced those thin runner pads with two 1/2 inch chunks off hard oak strips, inset bolted to the metal lifting flats . Lots and lots of people carefully lift their Wing with the front pad engine (there is a nearing flat there), and the rear jack plate flat on...
by SilverDave
Fri Jun 29, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: type of oil for a 1986 1200 goldwing???
Replies: 9
Views: 364

Re: type of oil for a 1986 1200 goldwing???

There are a number of things on a GL1200 with VERY small torques : That oil filter bolt ( about 20 ft-lbs ) the starter fasteners ( about 8 ft-lbs ) and the rear drive unit hypoid oil cap ( finger tight ) I have broken the last 2 , and they are a real PITA to fix .. SilverDave
by SilverDave
Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: type of oil for a 1986 1200 goldwing???
Replies: 9
Views: 364

Re: type of oil for a 1986 1200 goldwing???

The 1200's have a compromised charging system .. The top two failure reasons appear to be : A ) the 3 yellow wire stator plug ( cut it out and hard solder those wires) B) the corrosive nature of old oil acid in the stator windings wire insulation . There may be other reasons as well....... So I " ke...
by SilverDave
Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: Head gasket kit
Replies: 3
Views: 294

Re: Head gasket kit

My shade tree mechanic absolutely refused to do my Head gaskets unless I bought Honda OEM ( He warranted his work ) He said " The Athena is very good.... but you might not feel that way when it fails ( again ) after 6 months ..." Just saying ... Silverdave
by SilverDave
Sun Jun 17, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: GL1200 Front wheel removal
Replies: 7
Views: 2103

Re: GL1200 Front wheel removal

oh... and check if brake caliber brackets are installed correctly and flat against the forks ??


SilverDave
by SilverDave
Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: GL1200 Front wheel removal
Replies: 7
Views: 2103

Re: GL1200 Front wheel removal

Thats right ..my manual also says the RIGHT fork is the one to move in and out ..... But first ... loosen all the holder nuts a bit, and make sure the left axel part is properly located in its holder ( I think there is a flange there ???) Check again if the axel itself is located in the wheel correc...
by SilverDave
Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Additional Lights - Need to be seen
Replies: 18
Views: 1026

Re: Additional Lights - Need to be seen

About 7 years ago, I was at a Northern BC GoldWing weekend . I met a guy selling lights for w\Wings .. I had thought about " extra " lights so I asked to see his 1500 Wing . He had on this 1500 : 2 fog, 2 driving lights ,super bright headlight with a modulator, Ring-of-fire , Fork lights, a huge pai...
by SilverDave
Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Am I the only one who doesn't like backrests
Replies: 11
Views: 477

Re: Am I the only one who doesn't like backrests

When I first got this old GL1200 wing ... I hated the backrest it dug in , and was just uncomfortable .. After about a month , I noted it had fiddly vertical and angle adjustment .. after a week of adjustment , followed by my daily ride to work .... it " fit" and was / is still perfect Try adjusting...
by SilverDave
Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: How many accessory switches do you need?
Replies: 18
Views: 1241

Re: How many accessory switches do you need?

You can get one of these for the older 1200's and your 1500.. as well switch box .jpg They fit over the brake reservoir or clutch reservoir .. at first I thought that only 4 was not enough ... But once I switched to almost all LED's , one for LED driving lights, and the other three front ( Ring-of-f...
by SilverDave
Mon Jun 11, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Trip Info, Reports & Gatherings
Topic: Ontario to British Columbia - Second '85 LTD
Replies: 62
Views: 2084

Re: Ontario to British Columbia - Second '85 LTD

So that 15 to 16 converts to 38 to 39 mpg ... Pretty good for an old machine !! I guess those are mostly highway miles ... I carry the standard tools and in addition a nice comfortable flexi-shaft spark plug wrench (I had a hydro lock about 6 years ago) as well as 17 and 23 mm sockets for oil change...
by SilverDave
Sun Jun 10, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: Trip Info, Reports & Gatherings
Topic: Ontario to British Columbia - Second '85 LTD
Replies: 62
Views: 2084

Re: Ontario to British Columbia - Second '85 LTD

Hi Ernest : You can leave these four requests till you get back but .. I bet lots of us would want to know : 1) What spare parts are you carrying for such a long trip ? ( aside from a newer TPS and spark plugs ) 2) What sort of extra tools are you packing ? ( that most of us might not carry ) 3) Wha...
by SilverDave
Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: 1984 seat foam replacement
Replies: 1
Views: 146

Re: 1984 seat foam replacement

I had mine partly done by a seat shop/.. He replaced the yucky foam, carved out a chamber for a memory gel patch ( From a bicycle shop ) added a light (1/4 inch light foam cover to smooth out the edges and lumps, and then a new cover . The memory gel makes all the difference .. I have several times ...
by SilverDave
Thu Jun 07, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: oil dipstick
Replies: 7
Views: 377

Re: oil dipstick

I would not normally recommend these guys ...
https://www.saber-cycle.com/store/product1182.html


but I have had one of these for 15 years on my 1200... and its still " Working " LOL

SilverDave
by SilverDave
Mon Jun 04, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Which H4 led to use for 85 Ltd ?
Replies: 7
Views: 221

Re: Which H4 led to use for 85 Ltd ?

well... thats the problem.. I have heard that newer LED's are getting so they focus thru the flutes . In any case, LED's just pop right in where the old H4 incandescent was .. but .. The Bulb part of the HID kit is easy .. most kits come with several adapters, and one of them is just right for the H...
by SilverDave
Sun Jun 03, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Which H4 led to use for 85 Ltd ?
Replies: 7
Views: 221

Re: Which H4 led to use for 85 Ltd ?

IF your 1200 has a fluted lens ( Probably does ) then conventional wisdom is that LED's look much brighter, but just scatter the light, and little of it " Gets down the road " I recommend something like this , a HID conversion kit : https://www.ebay.ca/itm/Motorcycle-Headlight-HID-Xenon-H4-HI-LO-Bul...
by SilverDave
Sun Jun 03, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: 84 Aspy no electrical at all
Replies: 7
Views: 268

Re: 84 Aspy no electrical at all

I am sure they will both last for 15 + years ... Fuse material is fuse material.... My concern about having them on a travelling Wing is twofold : a) when the dogbone fuse cracks , just slightly , as it often does with age , the machine will often "go" for many miles , then stop when the almost invi...
by SilverDave
Sun Jun 03, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: installing a fuse block
Replies: 7
Views: 313

Re: installing a fuse block

I also wanted to relieve some of the spaghetti on my "acc" terminal ... but I did not want to add any more to my battery post (Charger, alarm , Voltmeter , and EC harness already on battery ) like extra relays or sensors . With a little thought , and a fairly inexpensive , no relay, no glowing light...
by SilverDave
Sat Jun 02, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: 84 Aspy no electrical at all
Replies: 7
Views: 268

Re: 84 Aspy no electrical at all

That %#&%@ dogbone fue is one of Honda's worst inventions ever !! Fuse material sitting out in the air, corroding over the years..good grief !! Mine first went on a dim summer evening , and I could actually see the tiny sparking across the oxidation crack. I purchased a waterproof marine fuse holder...
by SilverDave
Mon May 28, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Water pump design changed in 85 ????
Replies: 5
Views: 300

Re: Water pump design changed in 85 ????

I so agree ... 30 years is a long time for a rad to block up ... and at least around here , if you can find an older rad technician ... you Rad can be cheaply " Rodded" to clean it up ... and they love doing that !! ( an old skill they thought they'd never use again ) Modern car rads are plastic, an...
by SilverDave
Tue May 22, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: Toggle on/off switch for radiator fan
Replies: 4
Views: 392

Re: Toggle on/off switch for radiator fan

Here is a MUCH better pic .. no wrinkles !!

SilverDave


by SilverDave
Sun May 20, 2018 7:01 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Giving up on it
Replies: 7
Views: 445

Re: Giving up on it

I so agree with Leakyrof... it takes a lot of work, sometime to get these 30+ YO Wings to where you want them... But I have taken mine to Alaska , and back with absolutely no problem bigger than a burned out side running light. and ... they still ride like a cosy chesterfield..... I have often put o...