How to remove and replace your timing belts


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Re: How to remove and replace your timing belts

Post by TwoTone Trike » Mon Jul 10, 2017 2:17 am



Thanks for a great article. I just bought a 1999 GoldWing Hannigan trike so I have no experience with Goldwings. I've owned and ridden Harleys for the last 3 decades, so I am very adept at working on them. My first Harley ( and still own ) was a 1953 Panhead. Due to a horrific accident (a cager turning in front of me) in 2008 and splitting my pelvis in half, breaking my left femur in two places, and breaking my left hip, I was no longer able to ride on two wheels. I test rode a Harley trike and due to the seat position ( it shoved my crotch so far forward ) I felt like I was riding a tricycle. The Goldwing was so comfortable that I will never ride another Harley. Keep up the good work. I look forward to being a GoldWing Docs member and knowing that I have a place to turn to with very knowledgeable members whenever I need help. Keep the rubber side down! Peace, Tony



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Re: How to remove and replace your timing belts

Post by Rabbitfoot » Tue Aug 15, 2017 7:12 pm

OK guys, I'm a newbie to goldwing but a professional "heavy equipment" mechanic. I've built many hot rods and customs. I must say that being new I've read all I can about goldwings. I just bought my first, a 97 with 47,000 miles and was reading about how to install the timing belts. I have an issue I hope someone can help me with. When installing the pulse sensors on the timing cover for the crank it was suggested to use "red" locktite. Red loctite permanently locks bolts and you must use a torch to remove the bolts after it's hardened. Won't you ruin the sensors the next time you remove them? The video below shows disassembly after the use of "blue for vibration" and "red for permanent" installation. Please advise me of the proper procedure because this goes against everything I thought was right. Thanks, Richard

http://videos-loctite.na.henkel-adhesives.com/

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Re: How to remove and replace your timing belts

Post by FM-USA » Tue Aug 15, 2017 8:06 pm

I've used red locktite since the late 60's.
My first time using it I poured it 100% on the threads. Never got that bolt out normally, it was a drill & retap. :oops:

Since then I put it on sparingly on the last couple threads (under the bolt head). Whatever squeezes out I leave 'as is' to dry. It's a tell-tale reminder it's there and I need to use a hammer to crack it before turning the bolt/screw.
As you already know Locktite just keeps the bolt/screw from vibrating out.

Another trick I use is no thread locking fluid at all. I'll take a vise grip and goober up the last couple threads under the bolt/screw head. Works like a lock washer and since the last thread in the hole could be deformed, I can thread chase it clean. This process is a bit risky since it can damage the whole screw/bolts threads.

Locktite is a must on HD's (but not so much on GoldWings). It's f-f-for ob-ob-obvious re-re-reasons-ns-ns. :P

OH, just remembered.
When I was a Lil-pip-squeak (circa 1950's) just learning about nuts & bolts, this old farmer showed me his trick. Wind sewing thread on the last few threads (under the bolt/screw head). It binds the last thread. This could help seal out moisture.
Take a gander at some old tractors at state/county fairs, you might see some thread hanging out.
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Re: How to remove and replace your timing belts

Post by Mh434 » Wed Aug 16, 2017 1:47 pm

I've been using the sewing-thread-as-thread-locker trick for decades. It works great, dampens vibration at the fastener (so helps to stop loosening in the first place), is always available (everything I own has a loose thread or two...even my brain, according to my wife :lol: ), and is...free!! Even fasteners I used it on 40 years ago are still holding, yet break loose nicely with a wrench.

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Re: How to remove and replace your timing belts

Post by TwoTone Trike » Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:53 pm

Wow, what a simple yet effective way of doing it. I'll have to remember that the next time. That's what I love about this site. The wealth of knowledge here is unbelievable. My hat's off to all that contribute. Have a great day, Tony

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Re: How to remove and replace your timing belts

Post by FM-USA » Sat Aug 19, 2017 12:24 am

TwoTone Trike wrote:
Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:53 pm
Wow, what a simple yet effective way of doing it. I'll have to remember that the next time. That's what I love about this site. The wealth of knowledge here is unbelievable. My hat's off to all that contribute. Have a great day, Tony
You're welcome, FROM ALL OF US. (i think I can safely say that :? )

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Re: How to remove and replace your timing belts

Post by William Hopgood » Fri Nov 03, 2017 3:15 pm

stupid question but will this belt be same size for an 1988 gl1500?

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Re: How to remove and replace your timing belts

Post by TwoTone Trike » Fri Nov 03, 2017 3:20 pm

As far as I know it should. When you go to order it the description should list the years it will fit. Hope this helps.

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Re: How to remove and replace your timing belts

Post by Mh434 » Fri Nov 03, 2017 7:06 pm

All years of GL1500, from 1988 through 2000, used the same size timing belts.

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Re: How to remove and replace your timing belts

Post by William Hopgood » Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:54 pm

sorry took so long for reply i ended up with a napa belt had to wait for honda for idler pullys i fixed on prob then got new one LOL shes an old wing but i love her

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Re: How to remove and replace your timing belts

Post by Stew » Tue Apr 10, 2018 10:38 am

Just ordered two timing belts from Amazon using a link that WingAdmin posted elsewhere so hopefully you'll get credit. Timing belts are original I'm sure, miles are low but they're 18 years old so time to change them. Looks like it should be pretty straight forward thanks to the great DIY article!

I had a car a few years back that I put off replacing the timing belt on and it snapped causing me to have to pull the head to get new intake valves put it, I learned my lesson on replacing timing belts at that point.
Winging it every chance I get 8-)

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Re: How to remove and replace your timing belts

Post by fibersport » Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:12 pm

Wingadmin - thanks for the great how-to on the timing belts. I did mine this past weekend, could not have made it any easier. I chose to not drain the antifreeze and wrestle a bit with the hoses, new antifreeze is on the list but not right now. Bought my Gates belts from RockAuto, great price and shipping.

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Re: How to remove and replace your timing belts

Post by Garry Kent » Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:45 am

Hi guys, I have a 93aspencade, do you need to replace 2belts or has it been changed to one bigger belt
Asking for a friend :roll:

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Re: How to remove and replace your timing belts

Post by MikeB » Thu Jan 17, 2019 4:06 am

There are two belts.
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Re: How to remove and replace your timing belts

Post by Tom9282 » Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:31 pm

Thank you so much for this post. I recently purchased a 93 Aspincade with 40,000 miles on it. It was in storage for years. Went through the usual stuff changed all the fluids, and filters. The timing belts looked original so changed them too. Bike starts and runs great. Had one day in the mid 40’s last week before the snow hit. But about 150 miles on it everything looked and sounded good. Again thank you for the detailed post!

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Re: How to remove and replace your timing belts

Post by kyleboedeker » Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:58 am

I know this post is like 7 years old now, but I just wanted to thank you so much for the detailed walkthrough. I just bought a 1988 GL1500A last weekend and wanted to do some maintenance since it has 144,000 miles and no service records. I am handy and do woodworking and leatherworking, but haven't really done much of any mechanical work beyond changing the oil in my mower. With your guide, I was able to successfully change the engine oil, coolant, spark plugs and timing belts this weekend as well as adding a new aftermarket radio and speakers. The bike is running great! Thanks so much! I never would have tried it without this guide.

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Re: How to remove and replace your timing belts

Post by Cheezy » Sun Apr 28, 2019 2:54 pm

Just wanted to add my thanks as well. Still the most helpful explanation in 2019! I appreciate your careful pictures and instructions. It made this job pretty easy!

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Re: How to remove and replace your timing belts

Post by mrjay62 » Sun Apr 28, 2019 3:21 pm

Nothing like people helping people. ..
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As always thanks for your help and input...
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Re: How to remove and replace your timing belts

Post by Straydogg » Sat Jun 01, 2019 10:29 pm

The black marks on the T-P lines on the pulleys. Are they factory marks or has someone changed the belts before and marked them? Going to do mine soon and curious as to what I will find. Thanks

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Re: How to remove and replace your timing belts

Post by kyleboedeker » Sat Jun 01, 2019 10:46 pm

Black marks are alignment marks made by someone who changed them most likely.

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Re: How to remove and replace your timing belts

Post by Straydogg » Sun Jun 02, 2019 6:10 am

Thanks. Gotta get to mine soon.



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