Changing Timing Belts


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hwydoc2
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Changing Timing Belts

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Have just completed my first ever timing belt change on my 2000 SE. What a rush when I hit the starter and she fired right off!!! Thank you wing administrator for the outstanding step by step how to that allowed me the confidence to under take this project. I have not been this deep into a motor previously. Having purchased this wonderful machine last August with 15,000 miles on the clock but not knowing if it had ever had the belts changed I felt it was time to bite the bullet and do the deed. Glad I did because the belts were the originals, 19 years old!!! Now I can travel the countryside with impunity knowing that the fluids have all been changed, the brakes have all been bled and have good pads all around and the rubber is fresh. Take a MSF refresher course this spring and I'll be good to go.

This is the nicest, most friendly, least sniping, with lots of knowledgeable individuals of any forum that I have seen. I'm glad that I found it and I look forward to meeting some of you in the flesh in Maggie Valley this Fall.

Al in Kazoo



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That's great, Al!

There's nothing like the feeling of accomplishment of having something completely apart in pieces, then YOU put it all back together, fixed, and it works! :)

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Boy, I wish I could find a late gl1500 with only 15,000 on the clock at U.S. prices... You're one lucky guy!
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Sadanorakman wrote:
Fri Feb 08, 2019 9:34 pm
Boy, I wish I could find a late gl1500 with only 15,000 on the clock at U.S. prices... You're one lucky guy!
Yes I consider myself lucky also, the original owner this was his 5th GW, he had it all set up to tow, wired, and had used mobil one synthetic in it from the first oil change. Don't know what you would have to give for a comparable milage and condition in England; I paid him $6000.00 and drove it home. other than upgrading the alternator to 90 amp service everything else done to it is normal fluid changes. Have added head light and tailight modulators and will get a brush up MSF course this spring. Just awaiting the thaw from winter.

Al in Kazoo

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Yes, you are very fortunate. I paid $5,500 for mine a few years back and I am STILL finding "jury-rigged" issues on almost everything that I either take apart or get a closer look at! :evil:

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Al I shared that same exact emotion after changing my timing belts. Like you I took on this project because of the great how-to section.

WingAdmin wrote:
Tue Feb 05, 2019 9:11 am
There's nothing like the feeling of accomplishment of having something completely apart in pieces, then YOU put it all back together, fixed, and it works! :)
Yes indeed WingAdmin and it is all due to the awesome support system you have built.
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Well done Al on the belts. They are a great bike.
I bought my second 99, after the demise by cager of my beloved 99SE in 2013, a 99A with only 17,500 miles on it but had been neglected from the original owner getting sick @12 years earlier. It was my healing project so I slowly went all through it.
I did salvage some farkles of the totaled SE and added some SE exclusive parts to the Aspencade.
I powder coated the valve covers, the exhaust covers, (used the SE foot warmers), and side stand. Almost all the old accessory chrome had to go from sitting out in the San Diego moisture. It took 4 days on each wheel of sanding and polishing to clean them up. It was a rewarding project while healing up.
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Location: Milford NH summer/fall & Oceanside, CA winters(N San Diego) with lots of miles riden between
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1983 GL1100A Wineberry 36,000 miles

1975 CB750 K5 Planet Blue 7,800 miles

1976 CB750 K6 Anterris Red 25,000 miles

Past rides
1999A Restored from PO neglect & sold at 19,000 miles

1999SE Totaled by cager at 105,000 miles

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I found this Aspencade just after sending a deposit on an 08 1800, so I ended up selling the Aspencade a year later to a couple from AZ who came over with a Uhaul trailer and loaded it up. It sold for $6300.
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