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by jeffcosmo
Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:07 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: WHO HAS EVER DUMPED THEIR WING?
Replies: 103
Views: 6579

Re: WHO HAS EVER DUMPED THEIR WING?

Last year, coming home after 4 inches of snow. Was doing well, if slow, when a truck come up from behind and decided to pass me on an uphill corner (and 'No Passing" zone). The backwash from the truck was too much and I went down. Too slippery to get enough traction to get her upright, I was about d...
by jeffcosmo
Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: Oil filter confusion
Replies: 10
Views: 773

Re: Oil filter confusion

Fram CH6009 available at some parts stores is what you need. The only Fram I will use is their cartridge type. The last Fram filter I pulled out had separated, media from the metal ends. I now buy Honda filters and will never, ever, not in a million, trillion years use a Fram filter for anything. N...
by jeffcosmo
Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:59 pm
Forum: GL1100 DIY Articles
Topic: How to rebuild your rear master cylinder
Replies: 130
Views: 60348

Re: How to rebuild your rear master cylinder

A cotter pin and washer are all that hold it on. I used Kroil on the last one I had the was getting frozen, and it worked wonders. Heat will help, too.

Cosmo
by jeffcosmo
Sat Apr 07, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Aftermarket GPS Suggestions
Replies: 39
Views: 4884

Re: Aftermarket GPS Suggestions

For the LIFE of me I simply cannot understand WHY anyone would be so interested in "buying" another useless tool. Everyone of you have a smart phone (Yes/No?) and for a FREE APP with Zero cost, WAZE (my preferable choice due largely to many ALERTS i.e. Animals on or near roadway, POLICE REPORTED AH...
by jeffcosmo
Wed Apr 04, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Got my own little un-obtanium: light switch
Replies: 5
Views: 441

Got my own little un-obtanium: light switch

Found on eBay: GL1100 light switch. Been looking for this since 2013 when I got this bike. Now it's mine!! Straight from England, arrived yesterday. WooHoo!! Cosmo P.S. For those who are confused, the USA mandated "lights on" for all motorcycles in 1977. The light switches were then removed from the...
by jeffcosmo
Sun Apr 01, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: Camping and Trailers
Topic: Electric brakes on my trailer
Replies: 28
Views: 5366

Re: Electric brakes on my trailer

Greenwinger wrote:
Sun Apr 01, 2018 8:23 pm
Would surge brakes work on such a small trailer??
I'm sure you could work up a system. Hydraulics work on a leverage principle, and you'd have quite a bit of experimentation before they'd be perfect.

Cosmo
by jeffcosmo
Sun Apr 01, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: GL1000 Information & Questions
Topic: Halogen turn signal question
Replies: 4
Views: 563

Re: Halogen turn signal question

A quick look at the socket should reveal what bulb should be in there. Twin filament bulbs have offset pins, single do not (in most cases, certainly these Hondas). I have seen all manner of bodgery, so would not surprise me that wrong bulbs may reside therein. A PO may have swapped sockets, this can...
by jeffcosmo
Thu Mar 22, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Don't believe it when they tell you....
Replies: 19
Views: 3362

Re: Don't believe it when they tell you....

I've seen those guys - they got walked out where I worked. However, more than a few times the 'extra' parts were double-stocked, in that the car had an 'o' ringed drain plug; or the parts came as a kit, etc.,etc. What you say has a bit of truth, which is why I do everything to my vehicles and at my ...
by jeffcosmo
Thu Mar 22, 2018 1:04 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: 5W-20 oil
Replies: 37
Views: 4831

Re: 5W-20 oil

That's why it's called "freedom of speech". You can look at something that makes perfect sense, as you say, then do the exact opposite. I'll but chuckle.
by jeffcosmo
Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: GL1200 DIY Articles
Topic: GL1200 Speed Sensor failures & repair
Replies: 37
Views: 12840

Re: GL1200 Speed Sensor failures & repair

From what I see, this should work with the '83 Aspencade digital unit as well. Mine is now working, but I have two dead sensors that look identical to the '84 unit pictured. Thank you for the information.

Cosmo
by jeffcosmo
Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Reference Information
Topic: Goldwing VIN Code Reference
Replies: 1
Views: 3714

Re: Goldwing VIN Code Reference

From my own "research" (owning a trio of '83 Aspys): the serial portion of the VIN (last 6) seems to be sequential to the entire line up, or at least the factory, NOT the individual lineup. That, or Honda built one hell of a lot of '83 'Wings.
by jeffcosmo
Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: 5W-20 oil
Replies: 37
Views: 4831

Re: 5W-20 oil

A few misconceptions here, but oil threads are like that. First off, the manufacturer cares more about their reputation than any CAFE number, period. If the car is perceived as unreliable or troublesome, the manufacturer WILL have financial trouble (see AUDI, circa 1985 or so). Therefore, any recomm...
by jeffcosmo
Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Don't believe it when they tell you....
Replies: 19
Views: 3362

Re: Don't believe it when they tell you....

Lots of tricks to employ to ensure work has been done such as marking you oil filter, old trick from many years ago. I don't think any service shop replaces the crush washers.. Not true. As dealership parts counterman, I was required to bill out AND supply a crush washer with every oil change, even...
by jeffcosmo
Wed Mar 21, 2018 8:57 am
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: Wiring connectors 82 Aspencade gauge set
Replies: 17
Views: 941

Re: Wiring connectors 82 Aspencade gauge set

Gotcha. I understand. At my job, there is an Aspy that has been nudified, but with digital dash intact, and it doesn't flow.
by jeffcosmo
Wed Mar 21, 2018 1:38 am
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: Wiring connectors 82 Aspencade gauge set
Replies: 17
Views: 941

Re: Wiring connectors 82 Aspencade gauge set

What was wrong with the digital dash?? Curious, as I had two '83 Aspys (and one parts bike), and the dashes worked (and work) fine on all.

Cosmo
by jeffcosmo
Sat Mar 17, 2018 11:22 pm
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: Removing thermoswitch and thermostat
Replies: 8
Views: 681

Re: Removing thermoswitch and thermostat

When you say the bike runs hot, how are you measuring the heat?? Electric temperature gauges (as stock) cannot be relied upon for such information. Laser temp probes are better, while mechanical gauges are perhaps best. Too, what is "hot" to you?? Engines should run between 190º and 210º in general....
by jeffcosmo
Fri Mar 16, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: tool kit
Replies: 13
Views: 910

Re: tool kit

I have not seen all the OEM 'Wing toolkits. I have, however, some familiarity with my '83 Aspencade toolkit. Which is adequate enough to change a head gasket on the side of the road (I had to add a torque wrench, and the gasket itself). From comments, it seems that not all years got the same toolkit...
by jeffcosmo
Fri Mar 16, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: 82 interstate aftermarket stereo install help
Replies: 12
Views: 816

Re: 82 interstate aftermarket stereo install help

Have you removed the entire radio system, or just the cassette deck?? The OEM radio system is a hybrid and comprises a lot of components because it has been separated into discrete units. AFAIK, these components will NOT work with any other components from any other brands (save the speakers). Too, ...
by jeffcosmo
Thu Mar 15, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Anyone else up north (Wisconsin, say??) back at it??
Replies: 2
Views: 315

Anyone else up north (Wisconsin, say??) back at it??

Monday was the first day back riding for me. Snowed on me going to work, yet the forecast said that was a temporary squall (it was). So, now I must reclaim the 'motorcycle only' parking (truly, it is so signed on pavement), and shoo away the lesser vehicle (cages). For me, once it's out, it stays ou...
by jeffcosmo
Sun Mar 11, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: Speedometer stop working
Replies: 5
Views: 602

Re: Speedometer stop working

The above assumes the bikes is not an Aspencade.
by jeffcosmo
Fri Mar 09, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Just for Fun
Topic: DIY car maintenance
Replies: 21
Views: 3596

Re: DIY car maintenance

Cosmo my original thought was the way newer vehicles are being engineered. Look at the car and instead of thinking "How do I replace that", think the way the factory does: "What is the cheapest method of installing that" Almost all service issues arise out of production efficiency. For instance, wh...
by jeffcosmo
Thu Mar 08, 2018 4:32 pm
Forum: GL1000 Information & Questions
Topic: Here's an odd wiring issue......any thoughts?
Replies: 5
Views: 810

Re: Here's an odd wiring issue......any thoughts?

I agree. Weird electrical problems are usually traceable to bad grounds. And light bulbs have been used for grounds, so it is definitely a feasible issue.

Cosmo
by jeffcosmo
Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:26 am
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: What in the...please don't say head gasket
Replies: 7
Views: 591

Re: What in the...please don't say head gasket

jeffcosmo wrote:
Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:24 am
White smoke from the exhaust is nearly always a head gasket. Your other choice is cracked head. The overflow from the radiator was due to the compression pressurizing the cooling system.
It happened to my bike, first the left side, then the right. Do yourself a favor and do both at once.

Cosmo
by jeffcosmo
Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:24 am
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: What in the...please don't say head gasket
Replies: 7
Views: 591

Re: What in the...please don't say head gasket

White smoke from the exhaust is nearly always a head gasket. Your other choice is cracked head.
It happened to my bike, first the left side, then the right. Do yourself a favor and do both at once.

Cosmo