78 GL1000 project log - tank shelter question


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boaf
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78 GL1000 project log - tank shelter question

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Good morning,

Over the weekend I picked up a 78 GL1000. It’s going to my next project after finishing my 78 CB550.

First question is regarding the tank shelter. Can I switch out the shelter subframe for an older one and use the older tank shelter with out the gauge pod? Or is the frame itself too different?

Thanks,
Steve
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Re: 78 GL1000 project log - tank shelter question

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boaf wrote: Mon Mar 25, 2019 8:00 am Good morning,

Over the weekend I picked up a 78 GL1000. It’s going to my next project after finishing my 78 CB550.

First question is regarding the tank shelter. Can I switch out the shelter subframe for an older one and use the older tank shelter with out the gauge pod? Or is the frame itself too different?

Thanks,
Steve
I don't know the answer to your question.

Both parts have different numbers depending on the year of the bike.

Most people just leave the shelter as it is and fabricate a cover to accommodate whatever gauge they wish to use.
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Re: 78 GL1000 project log - tank shelter question

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Mounting points are different plus you will have a load of rewiring to do. It can be done; it's been done. Just isn't a straight swap.
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Re: 78 GL1000 project log - tank shelter question

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You will have to change out the entire shelter - frame, center door, back filler, side covers, tool tray, etc. Re-wiring will be needed and some different mounting points inside. You will have to change your clocks to earlier to have the temperature gauge and rewire for that. Sure, it can be done. Not easily, but you are the only judge on if it is worth it. I know that JR put a '75 shelter on his '78, but he had to do that because he was building a supercharged bike and needed the space in there (and he is a wizard at such customs).


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