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by SilverDave
Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Manual Switch for Radiator Fans?
Replies: 4
Views: 91

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: 41

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: 197

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: 197

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: 197

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: 197

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: 197

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: 166

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: 166

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: 153

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: 155

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: 260

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: 173

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: 1804

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: 2113

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: 2113

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: 1040

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: 481

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: 1277

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...