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by fatalbert
Mon Oct 22, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: GL1000 Information & Questions
Topic: '76 GL1000, new to the forum, looking for a part source
Replies: 11
Views: 321

Re: '76 GL1000, new to the forum, looking for a part source

Look on ebay for cb500 speedometer rubber from Everett Power Sports. I bought two as replacements for a 75 Gl1000 for less than $40 for two. Will fit speed and tac.
by fatalbert
Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: GL1000 Information & Questions
Topic: What to look for when buying
Replies: 29
Views: 1126

Re: What to look for when buying

Just saw your post after leaving a response about bike prices. I am glad you pulled the trigger on the bike and it will be saved from ebay hell.

Keep us posted on how it goes.
by fatalbert
Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: GL1000 Information & Questions
Topic: What to look for when buying
Replies: 29
Views: 1126

Re: What to look for when buying

It was not so much a question of the price , but rather an opinion of what I thought might be a fair offer for the bike. It looks to me like he knows what he is doing. I don't think there is any reason to be rude when asked the price of a bike. It provides a data point to all of us on what the marke...
by fatalbert
Sat Jun 09, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: GL1000 Information & Questions
Topic: What to look for when buying
Replies: 29
Views: 1126

Re: What to look for when buying

One parting thought. Check the drive shaft. At least pull back the rubber cover and take a look at the splines and u joint and make sure it is not broken. One I picked up had a broken drive shaft which you have to hunt down on the used market. I would bet the gas tank has rusted up inside. I had to ...
by fatalbert
Sat Jun 09, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: GL1000 Information & Questions
Topic: What to look for when buying
Replies: 29
Views: 1126

Re: What to look for when buying

You better go look at your bank account before pulling the trigger on this hanger queen. I realize this is a passion, but the cost of R&R of all the necessary parts to make it safe and road worthy will not make sense. I speak from bringing back to life two GL1000's. One thing seems to lead to anothe...
by fatalbert
Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:19 am
Forum: GL1000 Information & Questions
Topic: Blnkers and Brake Light won't work 78 GL1000
Replies: 13
Views: 519

Re: Blnkers and Brake Light won't work 78 GL1000

You are right, the flasher would not affect the brake lights.
by fatalbert
Mon Jun 04, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: GL1000 Information & Questions
Topic: Blnkers and Brake Light won't work 78 GL1000
Replies: 13
Views: 519

Re: Blnkers and Brake Light won't work 78 GL1000

Sorry, one suggestion I forgot to add. If you go to remove any parts or do any electrical repairs, always disconnect the battery ground before proceding.
by fatalbert
Mon Jun 04, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: GL1000 Information & Questions
Topic: Blnkers and Brake Light won't work 78 GL1000
Replies: 13
Views: 519

Re: Blnkers and Brake Light won't work 78 GL1000

Yes, you have the right idea. Use the battery ground fof hour dvm meter for the black meter lead. You need to look at a schematic for your bike to follow the expected path towards the tail light. Their are schematic I think on this sight. I would remove the side covers to do this. You might be able ...
by fatalbert
Mon Jun 04, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: GL1000 Information & Questions
Topic: Blnkers and Brake Light won't work 78 GL1000
Replies: 13
Views: 519

Re: Blnkers and Brake Light won't work 78 GL1000

One last thought. One thing I have learned about electrical troubleshooting from people smarter than me. On a complex electrical failure, break the failure down into smaller pieces and work on one at a time. In your case, start with one failure such as the brake lights and trace the power through on...
by fatalbert
Mon Jun 04, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: GL1000 Information & Questions
Topic: Blnkers and Brake Light won't work 78 GL1000
Replies: 13
Views: 519

Re: Blnkers and Brake Light won't work 78 GL1000

Replace the fuse for the lighting circuit first even if you think it tests OK. You would be amazed at how many hours of frustration can be spent troubleshooting electrical circuits only to find that a fuse that was thought to be good turned out to be the problem. Start from the fuse through one of t...
by fatalbert
Sun Apr 22, 2018 5:51 pm
Forum: GL1000 Information & Questions
Topic: electrical smoke
Replies: 4
Views: 502

Re: electrical smoke

From your brief description it sounds like it could be the coils that are located in that area. I would follow the smoke and look for sooted parts. I believe there is also a resister with the coils. The resistor may have fried. You need a schematic of the GL1000 so you can follow the circuit. A manu...
by fatalbert
Mon Apr 09, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: GL1000 Information & Questions
Topic: Where is the Ballast Resistor?
Replies: 11
Views: 1568

Re: Where is the Ballast Resistor?

Measure the resistance across the ballast resistor. It should be less than approx. 2 ohms. A failed ballast resistor symptom is the engine will not continue to run after releasing the starter button. Of course it could be many other things as well. Measure the resistor and confirm if it is the probl...
by fatalbert
Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: GL1000 Information & Questions
Topic: No running rear light; but brake light works; All works with key in ACC position.
Replies: 17
Views: 1222

Re: No running rear light; but brake light works; All works with key in ACC position.

Lesson learned the hard way. Too bad you missed reading the first post I sent you.

Electrical issues are always more difficult to troubleshoot.

I'm glad you discovered your problem. Never do any wiring mods without first disconnecting the ground to the battery.
by fatalbert
Sat Mar 24, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: GL1000 Information & Questions
Topic: No running rear light; but brake light works; All works with key in ACC position.
Replies: 17
Views: 1222

Re: No running rear light; but brake light works; All works with key in ACC position.

I think your meter is OK. Check your car battery if you think your meter is out of Cal as a reference. After charging at 16 or 17 VDC your battery will charge up to 13.5 V at rest and slowly degrade to close to 12.5V. The voltage should be DC from the rectifier and you are seeing 16VDC. If you switc...
by fatalbert
Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: GL1000 Information & Questions
Topic: No running rear light; but brake light works; All works with key in ACC position.
Replies: 17
Views: 1222

Re: No running rear light; but brake light works; All works with key in ACC position.

Did you try a different fuse or just assume the one for the tail light looked OK? Fuses can look good but be open or have a high impedance. I dont think it is a coincidence that the light quit working after you fixed the loose wire. It would help to know which wire you were working on before the fai...
by fatalbert
Sun Mar 11, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: GL1000 Information & Questions
Topic: High speed wobble
Replies: 22
Views: 960

Re: High speed wobble

You have kind of a Frankenstein front end where some of the components may not be completly compatible. It is difficult to diagnose the cause since there has been a significant deviation from stock. The solution may be to stay well below 95 mph unless you have intentions of racing your bike. I am no...
by fatalbert
Sat Jan 27, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: GL1000 Information & Questions
Topic: Antifreeze and Oil
Replies: 16
Views: 599

Re: Antifreeze and Oil

Since I want to replace the valve stem seals without removing the head using compressed air, could someone make a recommendation on the type of valve compressor tool that works well for the GL1000..
by fatalbert
Sat Jan 27, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: GL1000 Information & Questions
Topic: Antifreeze and Oil
Replies: 16
Views: 599

Re: Antifreeze and Oil

Update on progress. I decided to dive back in today. Got the timing belts back off and took everything apart to get to the casting plugs. I have flushed the cooling system previously and filled it back up with just water. After leaving the bike overnight, I could see a little bit of water weeping do...
by fatalbert
Thu Jan 25, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: GL1000 Information & Questions
Topic: Antifreeze and Oil
Replies: 16
Views: 599

Re: Antifreeze and Oil

I could probably figure out a way to put a few pounds of pressure on the cooling system and see what happens. However, I think Dave hit the nail on the head when he suggested the casting plugs. Right below the plugs was where I could see the antifreeze. It will probably get worse with time so I migh...
by fatalbert
Thu Jan 25, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: GL1000 Information & Questions
Topic: Antifreeze and Oil
Replies: 16
Views: 599

Re: Antifreeze and Oil

It is easier to do the water pump because it is out in the open and has easy access. Fewer steps to remove and R&R. The casting plugs require removal of the timing belts, removal of the fuel pump, breaker cover, rocker mechanism and camshaft (both sides) before I can reseal the plugs. Then put every...
by fatalbert
Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: GL1000 Information & Questions
Topic: Antifreeze and Oil
Replies: 16
Views: 599

Re: Antifreeze and Oil

Thanks for all the input. This has really taken the wind out of my sails so to speak. It was nice to finally be putting things back together after taking so much apart, cleaning, greasing, replacing, etc. I am not looking forward to this but that is what you run into on 40 plus year old bikes that h...
by fatalbert
Thu Jan 25, 2018 12:47 am
Forum: GL1000 Information & Questions
Topic: Antifreeze and Oil
Replies: 16
Views: 599

Re: Antifreeze and Oil

I have been studying the manuals and engine photos and I think I found the plugs on the head under the cam shafts that you referred to in your post. The ledge below the plugs with hex sockets on them is where I found some antifreeze in a small amount. Is this what you are referring to? That would se...
by fatalbert
Wed Jan 24, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: GL1000 Information & Questions
Topic: Antifreeze and Oil
Replies: 16
Views: 599

Re: Antifreeze and Oil

Thanks for the reply. Not sure what you mean by the casting plugs. Must be a plug used to seal a fluid path after casting the head? Looking at the flow diagram for the coolant, it looks like there are places coolant could leak into the cavities and paths that are only for oil. According to one manua...
by fatalbert
Wed Jan 24, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: GL1000 Information & Questions
Topic: Antifreeze and Oil
Replies: 16
Views: 599

Antifreeze and Oil

I'm looking for some opinions on the 75 GL1000 I have been bringing out of moth balls. It has been sitting dry in a garage since 1998. Only has 22000 miles on it and it looks like new. I have been going through everything - removed gas tank to clean, drive shaft/rear end to grease, tires etc. I inst...