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MikeStoke
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Hello all, I'm new to the Gold wing family. I just picked up a 1977 GL1000. The thing I noticed as soon as I got the bike home, on the valve covers, it says 1100. Is this normal, or could someone have slapped an 1100 motor on the 1000 bike? Is that even possible?


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Maz
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MikeStoke wrote:Hello all, I'm new to the Gold wing family. I just picked up a 1977 GL1000. The thing I noticed as soon as I got the bike home, on the valve covers, it says 1100. Is this normal, or could someone have slapped an 1100 motor on the 1000 bike? Is that even possible?
Not normal. Could be an 1100 motor or just 1100 covers or badges. Check the engine number.
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1100 covers will fit the 1000. Someone could have swapped engines however. Need pictures.
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Check the tag on the right side of the steering stem,just below the triple tree.It should have the make and year on it.
Hopefully you actually got a 77 gl1000 and just the valve covers were replaced.
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dingdong wrote:1100 covers will fit the 1000. Someone could have swapped engines however. Need pictures.
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Those are aftermarket valve covers. You definitely have GL1000 carbs on that engine, so I suspect you have a GL1000 engine that someone stuck some aftermarket valve covers on that say "GL1100."
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WingAdmin wrote:Those are aftermarket valve covers. You definitely have GL1000 carbs on that engine, so I suspect you have a GL1000 engine that someone stuck some aftermarket valve covers on that say "GL1100."
Thank you, that makes it a little easier to know which engine to buy for! Mike
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Yeah! Looks like the PO just wanted chrome valve covers. The PO added an electric fuel pump too.
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dingdong wrote:Yeah! Looks like the PO just wanted chrome valve covers. The PO added an electric fuel pump too.
Yes, the PO stated he changed the fuel pump to electric, and put in a carb kit. He rode it 1 time and parked it, it sat outside for 2 years before I could convince him to sell it. I had to take off the fuel tank and clean the junk out of it, checked the carb bowls, luckily there was no fuel in it when he parked it. I changed all fluids, put a new battery in it and some fresh gas, it fires right up.
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I am a little concerned about what appears to be holes drilled in the frame down tubes just in front of the timing cover. This seriously weakens the frame. Please have a close look at the area and repair as necessary .8-)


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