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by SilverDave
Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:04 am
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: stator replace
Replies: 4
Views: 89

Re: stator replace

I understand why you'd like to keep it "Original ".... Me too !

I've had two friends pick the Electrosport for their 1200's ... seems to have good warranty, 'cept for labour .

SilverDave
by SilverDave
Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Manual Switch for Radiator Fans?
Replies: 4
Views: 110

Re: Manual Switch for Radiator Fans?

About 5 years ago, after an over heating incident, I added a switch over-ride to my GL1200, with a LED light, near left thumb. The LED comes on whenever fan is on : either switch or built in thermostat switch. ( I'll send you the circuit, if you want ) Its a fiddley install.. short 30 yo brittle wir...
by SilverDave
Tue Aug 14, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Costs/DIY Difficulty for Repair Items?
Replies: 1
Views: 61

Re: Costs/DIY Difficulty for Repair Items?

Brakes are tedious , but easy ... get a seal kit and lots of cleaning tools .. Its usually grunge in the o-ring grove. I found a sharpened wooden chop stick to be an ideal cleaning tool. Over 95% of leaking forks are dirt and bugs in the seal First try this : https://www.amazon.ca/2013-KTM-FORK-DOCT...
by SilverDave
Tue Aug 14, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Removing Spark Plug Valence Cover?
Replies: 13
Views: 221

Re: Removing Spark Plug Valence Cover?

Don't worry: Thats still a gorgeous looking 1200.. If we ever go riding together, Julimike and I will ( obviously) beat you to the Burger-and-Pie place... and order for you... so you don't have to waste time when you ( eventually ) get there... LOL ----------------------------- More seriously, I tal...
by SilverDave
Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Removing Spark Plug Valence Cover?
Replies: 13
Views: 221

Re: Removing Spark Plug Valence Cover?

Yes ... Blue, two tone is always the fastest colour for older Wings..... ...... could be powder blue ( mine) or bright blue (yours )... ... and a blue seat sheepskin takes another 0.01 second off the 1/4 mile times , too MUCH faster than red, black or gold colour Wings... LOL SilverDave
by SilverDave
Sun Aug 12, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Removing Spark Plug Valence Cover?
Replies: 13
Views: 221

Re: Removing Spark Plug Valence Cover?

Well two things that might make a difference : Firstly , IF you get a 1200, you become an honorary member of the FCW club : The Four Cylinder Wing club !! This is the last Wing that actually looks like a motorcycle,, and is not totally covered in tupperware, requiring 40 minutes to change an air fil...
by SilverDave
Sat Aug 11, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Removing Spark Plug Valence Cover?
Replies: 13
Views: 221

Re: Removing Spark Plug Valence Cover?

We'd all be VERY interested in what your very low mileage engine has for the 4 compression readings ... But if its " running on three at low speed" its almost certainly the carbs ... especially since it runs at high RPM, and the 2 pulse coils operate 2 cylinders each ..(so not the coils/ pulse gener...
by SilverDave
Fri Aug 10, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Removing Spark Plug Valence Cover?
Replies: 13
Views: 221

Re: Removing Spark Plug Valence Cover?

There is one screw at rear, which goes into metal flange, and a larger one , at front, Phillips, which has a "T" washer, and goes into plastic fairing hole . The front valance flange is "sandwiched " , so look carefully before sliding it back and out . On mine, Of you don't want to remove all the lo...
by SilverDave
Fri Aug 03, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Bike dies twice
Replies: 6
Views: 175

Re: Bike dies twice

These were just a test for corroded fuse blades, not for the starter relay... From eyelet to eyelet or from screw to screw, with fuse in , key off, the fuse holder, and fuse should read close to 0 ohms. With key on, fuse out , there should be a clear 13 volts drop across this fuse holder. See manual...
by SilverDave
Wed Aug 01, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Bike dies twice
Replies: 6
Views: 175

Re: Bike dies twice

I had my Wing do THAT, a year after I had replaced the dogbone with a blade fuse in marine holder . From your desc ( everything dead ) , its the battery, or ground, or Blade master fuse . ( From Zen and the art of MM ) In my case, sitting helplessly at the side of the road , the fuse looked fine, bu...
by SilverDave
Sun Jul 29, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Dunlop Elite 3 tires
Replies: 3
Views: 159

Re: Dunlop Elite 3 tires

I have ridden thousands of KM on several different Dunlops and never had that problem . IMHO they are a great tire, and perfect for a heavy Wing. ...So... Suggestions : Check tire pressure to be around 40/42 f/r Check Oldish Winger suggestions : -not fitted properly, been put on backwards9 see arrow...
by SilverDave
Sat Jul 28, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Windshield garnish badge - how to remove without damage?
Replies: 3
Views: 162

Re: Windshield garnish badge - how to remove without damage?

Some of them ( Like the " Honda " emblem ) are fastened with two pins and rivet sliding caps... Which are a pain to remove! I had that type on my SilverWing . Some (Like my large eagle on my GL1200) are taped with industrial double sided tape ... I use a heat gun, and gentle gentle oh so gentle pryi...
by SilverDave
Wed Jul 25, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Higher Capacity Battery?
Replies: 8
Views: 289

Re: Higher Capacity Battery?

I did three things over last 2 years for MY charging impaired l1200 ( after hard soldering the stator and reg/rect connections and adding an EC wiring harness ) 1) Slowly changed out all the running lights, ring of fire, King lights , etc to LED's . I left the turn and brake bulbs as stock ... Then ...
by SilverDave
Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: head set connection
Replies: 2
Views: 174

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: 327

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: 32
Views: 1840

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: 167

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: 370

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: 370

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: 296

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: 2114

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: 2114

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: 1045

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: 486

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...