How to remove and replace your timing belts


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Re: How to remove and replace your timing belts

Post by bohdan » Fri Sep 12, 2014 7:44 am



Interesting enough. I took off my belts yesterday, but before I did, I measured the deflection. 10 mm.... Original owner of a 93 with 94 k on the clock.



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Re: How to remove and replace your timing belts

Post by WingAdmin » Fri Sep 12, 2014 10:11 am

bohdan wrote:Interesting enough. I took off my belts yesterday, but before I did, I measured the deflection. 10 mm.... Original owner of a 93 with 94 k on the clock.
That's normal. The belts do not stretch, at all. They are designed not to stretch - if they did, the timing of the engine would be thrown off. This is the same reason why they do not crack and age the same way normal drive belts do. When you put them on, you set the deflection/tension, and that will be the same until the next time they are changed, regardless of their age.

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Re: How to remove and replace your timing belts

Post by bohdan » Sat Sep 13, 2014 11:52 am

Greetings WingAdmin.. I thought the maximum deflection should be 7 and minimum of 5? I just put on the new belts at 5. Seem much tighter than the old ones. Thanks for awesome articles!!!

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Re: How to remove and replace your timing belts

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Sep 15, 2014 3:13 pm

bohdan wrote:Greetings WingAdmin.. I thought the maximum deflection should be 7 and minimum of 5? I just put on the new belts at 5. Seem much tighter than the old ones. Thanks for awesome articles!!!
Sorry, you're correct - I was thinking you were saying that the belts had not changed, and you had expected them to stretch. I didn't look at the numbers at all. So yes, if they were deflecting 10mm with the correct weight being applied, then they were put on too loose originally - and at 5mm deflection, the new belts will seem quite a bit tighter.

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Re: How to remove and replace your timing belts

Post by bohdan » Tue Sep 16, 2014 6:44 am

yeah, since I am the original owner, this is the way it came from the factory. Thanks again for your awesome DIY's

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Re: How to remove and replace your timing belts

Post by paulw101 » Sun Sep 21, 2014 8:13 pm

Great article, thank you much! i have just one question. You mention a couple times that the heater hose is on the SE only, but it's on my 1993 Aspencade as well. Do you think I have a mislabled SE?

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Re: How to remove and replace your timing belts

Post by bohdan » Mon Sep 22, 2014 7:13 am

I too had the same heater hose there on my Aspencade.

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Re: How to remove and replace your timing belts

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Sep 22, 2014 10:08 am

Interesting. I have an SE, and my manual says "SE Only", so I assumed this meant it did not exist on the Aspencade...but this won't be the first inaccuracy in a Honda manual. :) I'll modify the instructions.

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Re: How to remove and replace your timing belts

Post by must9450 » Wed Oct 01, 2014 10:06 am

Sorry for sounding dumb but is it a somewhat similar procedure for a 1985 1200 goldwing? Mine has 28000 miles on it and has never been replaced. I've had it since new. Thank you

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Re: How to remove and replace your timing belts

Post by WingAdmin » Wed Oct 01, 2014 12:54 pm

must9450 wrote:Sorry for sounding dumb but is it a somewhat similar procedure for a 1985 1200 goldwing? Mine has 28000 miles on it and has never been replaced. I've had it since new. Thank you
It is basically the same, however on the 1200 (and 1100) there is more to remove in order to get to the timing belt covers - specifically the radiator and coolant tubes.

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Re: How to remove and replace your timing belts

Post by Wingingit! » Fri Oct 17, 2014 9:10 pm

Just a suggestion if anyone is interested. I have a 1992 GL1500SE. I had the timing belts replaced at about 68,000 miles by Dreyer Honda in Indianapolis last summer 2013. I'm pretty sure they charged $318 to replace them total, but each belt cost $68, I believe. Well worth the money for me. However, I asked them to save the original belts for me which they did. The original belts looked like they were brand new! If I had seen them first, I would never have had them replaced, however, I would probably replace them anyway, if I went through all the trouble to get to that point.

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Re: How to remove and replace your timing belts

Post by buckhorns » Sat Oct 25, 2014 10:36 am

Many thanks to " WingAdmin " for this article on replacing timing belts.
We bought a 1995 GL1500SE Trike with 56000 miles on it about 2 months ago. I'm 73 now and have been riding bikes since I was 41 but never had any experience with a Goldwing. I have always did my own maintenance on my bikes when possible. After reading many posts about the Goldwing and trikes too, I decided that because I couldn't find out when or if the belts had been changed I thought I could do it myself ,after reading your post describing the procedure and seeing the many accurate pictures. I did everything as you described it except for draining the coolant. I did find that the belts had been changed but I don't know when.The trike is 19 years old. Except for a few scratches on my hands, the job turned out great.
A really great post for anyone who might want to change the belts themselves.
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Re: How to remove and replace your timing belts

Post by kickkem » Fri Jan 30, 2015 10:24 pm

great job and thanks a million.


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Re: How to remove and replace your timing belts

Post by mark5173 » Thu Mar 05, 2015 12:38 pm

thanks for the info on the timing beltsnapa was 69 dollars and 53 cents a pair. order the tensioners from honda 81 dollars each. belts will be here today tensioners won't be here till next week I bought the bike two weeks ago didn't know when the timing belts were change last. have a small squiek once in awhile down front. figured it was either the tensioners or the water pump

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Re: How to remove and replace your timing belts

Post by Hefrum » Sun Mar 29, 2015 6:45 pm

Thanks for the awesome DYI information!!

I just finished installing a new set of timing belts on my 1998 GL1500 Aspencade. I have read several blogs and had several conversations as to when one should replace the timing belts on a gold wing. Most people suggest waiting until the bike's mileage reaches 100Kmiles. I recently read a blog that stated if you bike is more tan 10 years old or has 100k miles on it that you might want to think twice before you start it.

My bike is 17 years old and has 62k miles it. I was stunned at how loose the tension was on the timing belts. Either from wear, age, and/or stretch, my belts were no where near the .200-.300" movement with the 4.4 lbs pull recommended in the manual. I will be sticking with the ten year or 100k mile rule of thumb for my Wing in the future.

I also add the Cyclemax GL1500 Trigger Wheel (CM1032) that advances the timing 4 degrees to aid in the dreaded hesitation issues when this carbureted bike is cold.

I haven't had a chance to take her out on the road yet, but while she sat there running on the bike lift, I could see a significant improvement!
I always run high octane fuel in my GL1500 so I am not overly concerned with it causing a power knock.

I will know more once I get the front shock rebuilt so I can get her back on the road.

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Re: How to remove and replace your timing belts

Post by minimac » Sun Apr 12, 2015 7:43 am

Here's another "Thank You" for the easy to follow directions and pictures. I tackled this project and to my surprise, it took me less than three hours from start to finish-including an oil and filter change, coolant change, and lots of cleaning in those hard to get to areas! My old belts were original 22 years old. I had just over 50K on the bike when I changed them. Although they still looked good, when I took them off, they were stretched a bit, and shiny looking(hardened). The next change will be a lot sooner than twenty years! For the small cost, there's no reason it shouldn't be done every 50-60K, just to be safe.

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Re: How to remove and replace your timing belts

Post by bigbenky » Tue Apr 21, 2015 5:55 am

Just changed the belts on my 1992 GL1500i. 50k mi. Thank you for the instructions.

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Re: How to remove and replace your timing belts

Post by texwing » Thu Apr 30, 2015 8:39 pm

May I add my thank you and appreciation to this growing list of responses regarding this rather delicate procedure. I read this step-by-step post at least a dozen times, comparing it to other sites, and coming back here rereading again and again to be assured that maybe I could actually do this job.
Well, all the parts came in and the right Saturday came. For anyone out there still wondering if this is a job they can actually do, I am a living witness that it can be done.
I am NOT a mechanic, nor do I own proper tools (other than the usual home garage collection). I took my trusty Ipad out to the garage and followed along pic-by-pic. As advised, I changed the coolant, spark plugs and belts in one swoop. (The oil change came a week later, that was a piece of cake after this job: that is also another great step-by-step post.)
It was not without its moments when something or another did not go as easily as depicted, but with a little patience and (as wisely advised) going slowly it all came together. Things do seem to come off much easier than going back on, of course!
I must say to my surprise, one of the most stubborn parts was getting that oil sensor wire & cover off and back on - very small, within a very small space!
One of your best pieces of advice here was WEARING GLOVES! If I had to single out one thing - that would be it, I'm not accustomed to wearing gloves while working! Now I'm a believer!
So again I say thank you to everyone on this post that encouraged us non-mechanics that we could actually do this, and to those who are still on the fence out there - get down, put your gloves on and come on in the waters fine! ;)
I feel better about my wing and that I did it myself.
By the way - I have only had my '88 for about 9 mos. and my mechanic skills have grown each month, and still growing, in most part due to this great site. Thanks, ADMIN. (South Texas Winger)
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Re: How to remove and replace your timing belts

Post by WingAdmin » Thu Apr 30, 2015 11:15 pm

Fantastic! This is my favorite kind of post, to hear that someone has tried something for the first time, and learned and succeeded! Good job!

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Re: How to remove and replace your timing belts

Post by guitarzan » Wed Jun 03, 2015 6:28 pm

Hi,
I just want you to know that I replaced the timing belts on my 1994 Goldwiing SE 1500 and I couldn't have done it without the great article and pictures from WingAdmin. I know I was probably a pain in the butt with questions but I want to thank everyone for the help you gave me.

I thought for sure I would mess it up somehow but I didn't. Now I feel like I'm not so gun shy about trying other things. Thank you all again. Now don't worry, you'll be hearing from me soon. Thank you all.

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Re: How to remove and replace your timing belts

Post by roadwanderer2 » Wed Jun 03, 2015 7:27 pm

i too felt the same way when it was my turn to replace my timing belts on my 102,000 mile 83 aspy. i thought i would never be able to do it either, but with all the help from everyone here, and the wonderful "how-to" articles with all their photos and arrows, i took on the task and im happy to say even though i had a few moments of doubts, everything came together the way it was supposed to. the hardest part was removing and reinstalling the motor, but i had a friend help me with that. now im ready for my bike ride down to the Florida keys next month. IM A HAPPY RIDER!!!.


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Re: How to remove and replace your timing belts

Post by Polar » Fri Jun 19, 2015 4:37 pm

Thanks very much for your comprehensive manual on how to replace the timing belts on my '91 gl1500 with about 36k miles, i did this last week and had the job done in about 5 to 6 hours including taking the odd break.
Altough it has not that many miles on the clock the bike is still 24 years old and since i didn't know if or when the belts were ever replaced it seemed wise to do it now after finding your great manual.
In the process i also changed the coolant and replaced the fuel filter and air filter since i had to be in that area anyway.

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Re: How to remove and replace your timing belts

Post by farmhandyman » Tue Jul 07, 2015 4:29 pm

Hi..Great article and followed it step by step. I noticed a couple of things. Firstly the right side horn had to be unbolted to get access to the corresponding cover bolt..and secondly..couldn't get the right belt to slip over the tensioner without fear of moving the cam wheel. So l removed the slider bolt to push it up a bit further and managed to get the belt over the tensioner. I guess every engine is different.!. Everything lined up though...After 4 hours today..with plugs removed and coolant drain, looking forward to setting the tensioners tomorrow and firing it up. 35k and the old right belt was pretty loose.

Having bought the Trike 3 weeks ago and changed all fluids, fuel filter, and serviced the front brakes I am now faced with seized bleeders on the rear drums and can't bleed them. Once that's sorted then I'll be a happy bunny!

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Re: How to remove and replace your timing belts

Post by jandjgoldwing » Sun Jul 12, 2015 4:26 pm

Excellent DIY instructions, made the job a whole lot easier. Far better than the shop manuals. Thanks!

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Re: How to remove and replace your timing belts

Post by Techman6926 » Mon Aug 03, 2015 10:51 pm

I am new to Goldwing docs, wanted to say thanks so much for the tutorial, this made the whole process much easier. Thanks to all whom have contributed to this site.

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