1977 Goldwing Fluids

Technical information and Q&A applicable to all years and models of Goldwings
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1977 Goldwing Fluids

Post by fatslob »

Hello everyone!

I have a used 1977 Goldwing that I just picked up. It's been sitting for 10 years, with all fluids! My question is can I ever go wrong replacing the existing fluids with Honda Line products, or can you suggest some of products you've used that work better on an older bike. My main concern is for coolant, and brake hydralic fluid, fork oil. Also if I could pick your brains a little more, any brand of battery or amount of cold cranking amps needed? Are the standard NGK plugs good to run, or is there something newer, resistor or not? I've been out of biking for a few years, and now that I'm retired I want to ride again. Reason I picked an older bike is I've always loved the older Goldwings, and this one has only 5893 miles.

Thanks for Letting Me Be Long winded! Bob

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Re: 1977 Goldwing Fluids

Post by thrasherg »

You definitely will NOT go wrong using genuine Honda fluids. I would suggest going for a DOT4 brake fluid rather than the DOT3 that you probably have in the system. Honda is not always the cheapest but for fluids I use them all the time.. Timing belts and other parts are a different story, but to answer your question "NO, you will not go wrong using Honda fluids" :D

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Post by 78AzWing »

You DO want to change the timing belts, however.
Those things look good right up to the minute they disintegrate, and then they take out at least your valves, and can take out the pistons as well, then you need a new engine.
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