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by fnickel
Thu Apr 02, 2020 6:53 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Coolant cold leak... Yes one more!
Replies: 7
Views: 140

Re: Coolant cold leak... Yes one more!

I would agree with the latest comment. If you are already that far down in the engine, I would recommend doing all the o-rings while you are down there, even if it is a little more work right now. If you don't replace them now, they could start leaking in another year or 2, and then you're looking a...
by fnickel
Wed Mar 25, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: GL1500 DIY Articles
Topic: How to repack and tighten your steering head bearings
Replies: 50
Views: 30805

Re: How to repack and tighten your steering head bearings

Thanks FM-USA. Would you be able to post a picture of that tool you made? I plan to use the tool only for accessing and retorqueing the steering head bearings, so I don't believe that it would need to tough enough to use an impact gun on. I don't plan to use an impact gun on that. Thanks.
by fnickel
Mon Mar 23, 2020 1:43 pm
Forum: GL1500 DIY Articles
Topic: How to repack and tighten your steering head bearings
Replies: 50
Views: 30805

Re: How to repack and tighten your steering head bearings

When grinding down and making your own tool from the 36 mm socket, would it be OK to use a regular socket (not impact)? I would guess that it would be less money.
by fnickel
Fri Apr 05, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Vent hose
Replies: 4
Views: 280

Re: Vent hose

Yes, it's not easy. I've done it a couple of times. The first time just by sheer effort and trial and error. The second time I used a really long set of needle nosed pliers, which was recommended I get for the carburetor rebuilds. That made it much easier. The super long needle nosed pliers are an a...
by fnickel
Fri Mar 01, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: MadStad on a GL1500
Replies: 7
Views: 567

Re: MadStad on a GL1500

I haven't seen anyone disclose what the price of this windshield is. What are they asking for it? I had cut my windshield down so that I could see over the top of it while riding. I don't know if it is original or aftermarket. I get a buffeting, which translates to noise in my helmet. I usually wear...
by fnickel
Wed Feb 27, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: 97 gl1500se carbs
Replies: 19
Views: 1012

Re: 97 gl1500se carbs

Yes, Jim Martino's pictures and instructions were an excellent resource for me. The other thing that I found extremely helpful, was to take lots of pictures during disassembly. From all different angles. And also make a written description as you disassemble. It was months from the time I disassembl...
by fnickel
Thu Feb 07, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: 97 gl1500se carbs
Replies: 19
Views: 1012

Re: 97 gl1500se carbs

When you take off the carbs and do the repairs, I would definitely recommend bench testing them before putting them on the bike. I thought that was real important, because I didn't want to go through all that work and then find out I missed something or it wasn't working right. I fed fuel to both ca...
by fnickel
Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: All turn signals flash when one side selected
Replies: 4
Views: 248

Re: All turn signals flash when one side selected

Bingo!! Yes you are correct. The thought had crossed my mind that the hazzard flasher switch was perhaps stuck on the on position. But why wouldn't my hazards be flashing continuously then? Well, because they aren't working. A little spray of contact electrical cleaner on the switch, and it released...
by fnickel
Sun Aug 12, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: All turn signals flash when one side selected
Replies: 4
Views: 248

All turn signals flash when one side selected

'92 1500SE. Just a couple of days ago, the signal lights all started flashing when one side was selected. Same on both sides. Signal for left, all of them flash. Signal for right, all of them flash, including the indicators on the dash. Any ideas what might be causing this? I checked the manual, and...
by fnickel
Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Remove reverse lever
Replies: 5
Views: 498

Re: Remove reverse lever

I'm having trouble getting the spring (#4) back into the proper position to do what it is supposed to do. I believe the spring is supposed to keep the reverse handle oriented toward the body of the bike under spring pressure. I can't get close enough on the diagrams to be able to see which way it is...
by fnickel
Wed Jul 18, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Rear Tire Removal...Help
Replies: 24
Views: 1979

Re: Rear Tire Removal...Help

I just did this job last weekend to replace a rear tire. The method I used was to ride the bike onto 2 pieces of 2X6" wood under each wheel, so the bike was already up 3" off the ground (might need help if your legs are really short). Then I put it on the centre stand with a piece of 3 and 3/4" thic...
by fnickel
Tue May 15, 2018 7:20 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: 1988 GL1500 Fuel lines
Replies: 4
Views: 371

Re: 1988 GL1500 Fuel lines

If the carbs were rebuilt a couple of years ago, I would recommend not touching them at all, outside of replacing the fuel lines which you are about to do. When it comes to getting that deep into the bowels of the bike, my motto would be "if it ain't broke, don't....". I just did carb kits on my '92...
by fnickel
Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:35 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Thermostat Access
Replies: 3
Views: 247

Re: Thermostat Access

Thanks much. There was just a lot of stuff down there once I took the blanket off that was under the carbs. One other question. Can the intake manifolds be removed from the engine out the sides with the engine still in the bike? Is it a horrible job? It looks possible, but just wanted to confirm tha...
by fnickel
Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Thermostat Access
Replies: 3
Views: 247

Thermostat Access

For those of you who have done this before, can the thermostat be accessed from the carburetor side of things, after the carbs have been removed. I have the carbs off for installing the carb kit, and wonder if I am close to being able to change the thermostat from the carb area (without having to re...
by fnickel
Mon Mar 05, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Carburetor Diaphragm Sources
Replies: 11
Views: 706

Re: Carburetor Diaphragm Sources

The reason I am considering aftermarket diaphragms is because of the ridiculous cost of OEM parts. The Honda dealer in Florida is quoting me $122.89 each for the vacuum piston assembly (plus I need to figure on 1.3X exchange rate to Canadian dollars). The dealer in Canada is quoting me $180 each. I ...
by fnickel
Sat Mar 03, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Carburetor Diaphragm Sources
Replies: 11
Views: 706

Carburetor Diaphragm Sources

Just went through the carbs on my '92 SE (cleaning and installing Randakk's carb kit) and found the rubber diaphragm on the RH carb with 2 splits plus a couple of other areas ready to split. Where have the rest of you gone for new diaphragms? I'm inclined to get it from Honda (I like OEM parts for m...
by fnickel
Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Headlight, One side not working?
Replies: 4
Views: 258

Re: Headlight, One side not working?

Thanks, I will take out the headlight and see if it's just the bulb or not. After I posted this request, I did find in the Specifications section, that there are (2) headlight bulbs, so it makes sense that the one bulb either has both filaments burned out, or there is a bad connection. Will check th...
by fnickel
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Headlight, One side not working?
Replies: 4
Views: 258

Headlight, One side not working?

I have a '92 1500SE. When standing in front of the bike, looking back at the headlight, only the right side of the headlight is showing light. It does this for both low beam and high beam. My manual does not go into details about the headlight. Do I have a burned out headlight on the LH side? Is the...
by fnickel
Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: 1988 1500 Hoses
Replies: 5
Views: 627

Re: 1988 1500 Hoses

Hey WingAdmin,
Where would you source those 90 degree brass or stainless hoses with the barbed ends? I have just pulled the carb on my '92 SE, and am looking to check the hoses over, and replace what's necessary. Do they come in a variety of sizes, and where to get them would be a big help.
Thanks.
by fnickel
Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:48 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Need help with coolant leak
Replies: 12
Views: 1475

Re: Need help with coolant leak

My bike seemed to be leaking from the exact same area as yours, but after replacing some of those small hoses and clamps, the leaking had still not stopped. Bear in mind that leaks are not always from the areas that you see them. They migrate. See my response to the thread titled "what are the commo...
by fnickel
Fri Nov 24, 2017 7:56 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: what are the common leak spots on the coolant system - on the 1500's ???
Replies: 4
Views: 537

Re: what are the common leak spots on the coolant system - on the 1500's ???

I have never seen leaks coming from the hoses or clamp areas from the bikes that I have seen. That is most likely not your problem. I too have had a coolant leak problem, primarily over the winter during storage when it gets cold up here in Canada. It would get worse every winter, and during the sum...
by fnickel
Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:22 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Feeling Guilty!
Replies: 6
Views: 519

Re: Feeling Guilty!

My advice is not to ride in the salty conditions, or even very soon after. A few good rains are needed to rinse all the crap off the roads. Up in Canada here, we do have a lot of salt and brine applied to the road. I rode once on a road that I thought was dry, but there was a bit of a moist haze on ...
by fnickel
Sun Feb 12, 2017 7:55 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Coolant leak
Replies: 7
Views: 837

Re: Coolant leak

You could very well have coolant leaking from the various coolant tubes which have O-rings on them that are supposed to seal. It is quite common for the older wings to leak at these points, with the O-rings getting older and suspect, especially in winter with contraction of the tubes in the cold. I ...
by fnickel
Sun Feb 12, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Coolant tubes, GL1500
Replies: 2
Views: 442

Re: Coolant tubes, GL1500

Thanks. I replaced most of the small diameter hoses last winter when I had the rads off. Did it from the front of the engine, which was not easy. I did find out how many more coolant tubes there are with the O-rings on them. With some help from another local 1500 wing owner, he fed me the right micr...
by fnickel
Sat Feb 04, 2017 9:16 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Coolant tubes, GL1500
Replies: 2
Views: 442

Coolant tubes, GL1500

I have removed the 2 coolant tubes at the front of the engine, on either side of the front cover that houses the shifting linkages. My question is; how many more tubes like this are there on the engine? These 2 are the ones that the lower large hose attaches to. The coolant tubes have an O-ring on t...