Timing belt change


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Timing belt change

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So I have read all the info on changing my timing belts, but one question. I took the radiator out so why not turn the engine over with the crankshaft nut rather than struggling with a 12mm wrench without enough offset? With no plugs in and the valve adjusters backed off there is next to no turning resistance. Any bad things that can happen?


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Should be fine as long as you don't turn ccw and loosen it.
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BSArider wrote:So I have read all the info on changing my timing belts, but one question. I took the radiator out so why not turn the engine over with the crankshaft nut rather than struggling with a 12mm wrench without enough offset? With no plugs in and the valve adjusters backed off there is next to no turning resistance. Any bad things that can happen?
Normally the engine is turned from the rear by the stator bolt, as you turn it clockwise to advance the engine normally. Doing this from the crankshaft nut would mean you're applying CCW (loosening) pressure to the crankshaft nut.

With plugs out and valves backed off, I doubt you'd get enough resistance to loosen the crankshaft nut, so crank away!
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The best way to turn over a GL1000 is with the kickstart. Lots of leverage and it only goes in the right direction.
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sfruechte wrote:The best way to turn over a GL1000 is with the kickstart. Lots of leverage and it only goes in the right direction.
And if you don't have a kick starter ?
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There should be one stored under the right fake tank side cover.
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sfruechte wrote:There should be one stored under the right fake tank side cover.
I'm not sure they were supplied after '77.

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His information says 76.
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sfruechte wrote:His information says 76.
Agreed but many get lost over a 40 year period.

I don't like using the stator bolt myself.
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sfruechte wrote:His information says 76.
:oops: Damn....where did I leave my specs....
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Maz wrote:
sfruechte wrote:His information says 76.
:oops: Damn....where did I leave my specs....
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I saw it was a 76 but he made a all encompassing statement about Gls.
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Bike is actually a 78..no kickstarter. sorry for the misinformation.
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My 1977 of course has a kick starter, but since the engine is a 1978 block with 1977 cams and carbs, there is no place in put it in. Someday I may change the rear cover to restore that function, but to be honest Honda did the right move when they removed it.
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Fred Camper wrote:My 1977 of course has a kick starter, but since the engine is a 1978 block with 1977 cams and carbs, there is no place in put it in. Someday I may change the rear cover to restore that function, but to be honest Honda did the right move when they removed it.
I have to agree with you there.

Was bitten too many times by my HDs and Indians to ever want to kick a bike over again.


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