Best GL1800 Maintenance DVD


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I've owned an 84 Interstate, 94 GL1500 and just now an 04 GL1800. I've been shopping for the "best" set of maintenance DVD's for the 1800. I've found sets for sale from Cruiserman, Fred Harmon and Stu Oltman of Wing World magazine.

I've seen some of Cruiserman's videos on YouTube and they look good. I can't find samples of the others.

My question is who makes the best set? I'm not concerned about the cost as whichever ones I buy they will more than pay for themselves over time.

Your opinions please....


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Over the years I have found Stu Oltman to be knowledgeable, but conservative. He is more likely to say most things according to the "party line". I am unable to comment on the others.
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Here's where you can find out more about Stu's Goldwing videos: http://www.illustratedpowersports.com/g ... cedvd.aspx
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I bought the CruiseMan's Videos and also the Clymer GL1800 2001-2010. The Clymer has all the electronics in color on a DVD that comes with the book. I also have the factory manual. The Clymer is cheaper and maybe a little easier to understand. Hope that helps some. Besides the DVD for all the schematics is kind of cool!
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Not the only place to buy but this Fred Harmon series is the most sought after and thorough:

http://wingstuff.com/products/33308-fre ... 014-gl1800
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I think the consensus is there are many, many good ones out there!
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http://www.angelridevideos.com/gl1800.html
If you want to order Freds videos direct. I found freds videos cover almost all you need to service your 1800 correctly. But you also should have a factory manual if you plan on doing all maintenance also. The videos are great but a manual is still needed. On Stu Oltmans video,he had an interesting say about the 1800 video in his workbench in Wingworld. Supposedly the company when they did the videos did the 1500 and the 1800 with the 1500 being the gold standard like Freds videos. Supposedly the 1800 video is not as good as the 1500 video. And in between all of this there was some royalty issues and such and the company removing Stu's name off of the video's ,so I dont think that companies 1800 video is recommended.

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Stu Oltman just wrote, in WingWorld mag, that he had never been paid a cent in royalties for doing the DVD for whoever is producing it. If this means anything to anyone, then you probably should not purchase this one. Fred Harmon's is probably the most extensive and the most expensive. I have it, and it is probably the most complete of any sets, although I am not familiar with Cruiseman's.
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I agree with mainviking on the not purchasing that one since there was no royalty monies.
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Thanks for all the feedback! I did see Stu's comments in his Wing World maintenance column. At the moment I am leaning toward Fred's 20 disk set.
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I ordered the 20 Disc GL1800 Maintenance Videos from Angel Ride. And I received them. So, I wanted to check them out and I can not seem to open them. What do I need to do? I have Windows 10 and the First Disc will not open nor the 10th Disc.
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Check to see if your Windows 10 has a 'Media Player' installed. I have a Windows 10 laptop with VLC Media Player. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/vlc/9 ... verviewtab or it may be included and not activated.
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VLC is not part of Windows, and the link to the version of VLC above is a limited version that won't play DVD's or Blu-Ray discs, because it does not contain the decryption algorithm.

You can get the full version of VLC (it's free), which will play just about anything, here: https://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.html

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Thank you for that info and now I'm wondering if the outfit that worked on the laptop installed the correct version. :?
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Win 10 does not include any type of DVD player... Media player is included in the software but no DVD player is present in Media Player in Win 10, so your going to need to install some form of DVD player in your computer... I use VLC like the other poster and it works quite well with Fred's videos... I also use Fred's video's and refer to them often... I used Stu's video for my 1500, but chose Fred's video's for my 1800 before Cruiseman's were available...

Install VLC and you should be good to go...

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Been using VLC for years, it's the "go to" for playing just about any video format.
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I have cruismans and absolutely love them we my riding group we use them to do our own maintenance and they work great and up to date we also have the factory manual to be honest to technical for me some others they OK with it . but i like the videos !!!
one thing about the crusimans videos he tells you what tools and sizes makes that job easier in my book

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dadztoy wrote:
Thu Apr 09, 2020 9:36 pm
Win 10 does not include any type of DVD player... Media player is included in the software but no DVD player is present in Media Player in Win 10, so your going to need to install some form of DVD player in your computer... I use VLC like the other poster and it works quite well with Fred's videos... I also use Fred's video's and refer to them often... I used Stu's video for my 1500, but chose Fred's video's for my 1800 before Cruiseman's were available...

Install VLC and you should be good to go...
Just so you guys know, I wrote the scripts and hosted Illustrated Powersports' GL1500 videos, but I was not involved in any way with Illustrated Powersports' GL1800 video.

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If you get Cruisemans, be careful when it comes to electrical stuff. Cruiseman doesn’t always point out differences between years and some of the differences can cause big $$$ to fix.



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