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by fnickel
Sat Jul 18, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Steering Head Free Play
Replies: 3
Views: 215

Re: Steering Head Free Play

Update! After doing the previous work and going out for a ride, I noticed a difference immediately. For the worse. If any of you have ridden a bike with a steering damper set too tight, that’s what it felt like. The bike tended to wander and was twitchy, especially at lower and medium speeds. High s...
by fnickel
Thu Jul 16, 2020 7:55 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Alternator Bearing Whine?
Replies: 6
Views: 159

Re: Alternator Bearing Whine?

I may be going against the popular tide here, but I would recommend rebuilding the original unit. When I first got my ‘92 Wing 6 years ago at 80,000 miles, my experienced GW friend told me to get the alternator rebuilt. Good insurance against getting unexpectedly stranded, so that’s what I did the f...
by fnickel
Wed Jul 15, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Steering Head Free Play
Replies: 3
Views: 215

Steering Head Free Play

I have a '92 GL1500SE, with 100,000 miles. Have noticed for the last half year a bit of play at the front wheel due to play in the steering head bearings. I just went through the procedure of trying to torque the adjustment nut at the top of the stem to remove the play. Going through Wingadmin's How...
by fnickel
Sun May 17, 2020 7:32 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: '99 GL1500 chirps like a bird at idle after warmup
Replies: 7
Views: 418

Re: '99 GL1500 chirps like a bird at idle after warmup

My guess is that it could be the idler pulley (belt tension pulley) that the cam timing belt runs on. Have you replaced the timing belts recently, and did you replace the idler pulley as well? I did my belts about 7 years ago, and did not replace the pulley. I have not had any noise yet, but now am ...
by fnickel
Sat May 16, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Re-attaching side mirror
Replies: 2
Views: 214

Re-attaching side mirror

I had a tip-over in the garage, and the RH mirror got knocked off when the bike fell against something. The 3 little black screws holding the mirror pivot plate to the mirror body now don't have enough holding power to keep keep it fixed when pivoting the mirror. What have others done to fix this? G...
by fnickel
Sat May 16, 2020 7:32 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: I TOOK APART CARBS....FLOAT IS NOT STUCK
Replies: 5
Views: 215

Re: I TOOK APART CARBS....FLOAT IS NOT STUCK

Yes, you should bench test the carbs before reinstalling them. Use something with a nozzle to force fuel into the line. I used a Siracha bottle. Then you will be able to see if the float valve is shutting off the fuel supply successfully. I also measured the amount of fuel in each carb by draining t...
by fnickel
Thu Apr 02, 2020 6:53 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Coolant cold leak... Yes one more!
Replies: 18
Views: 769

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: 54
Views: 32461

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: 54
Views: 32461

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: 289

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: 582

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: 1028

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: 1028

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: 256

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: 256

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: 535

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: 2097

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: 375

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: 254

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: 254

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: 770

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: 770

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: 264

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: 264

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: 642

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.