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brownNgoldwing
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Motorcycle: 1981 GL 1100 Aspencade

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Hey everyone! Just purchased my 81 GL1100 Aspencade for $1000! The down side it sat for 5 yrs! I already know I have to rebuild the carbs, put new fuel lines and filter! I do have 2 questions though....
1) Would you guys also rebuild the pump to ensure it is also clean as to not re distribute "old" gas through the clean system that may be trapped in the pump once everything else is replaced/rebuilt?
2) Is there an easier way of getting the tank out (so it can be cleaned also) without removing the rear tire? Once the carb banks are out can I get the tank out the same way?


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DenverWinger
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1980 GL1100 STD Vetter (2005-)
1993 GL1500 Aspencade (2017-)
1983 Trav-Lite Camper (2010-)
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1972 CL350 (1980-1988) sold
1978 Suzuki GS550 (1985-2005) sold
1977 GL1000 (2002-2006) sold

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I wouldn't take the pump apart unless it has failed, maybe just crank the engine with fuel line disconnected from carbs and pump into some container until fresh fuel comes thru.

As to the fuel tank, to get it out the rear wheel and other things have to come off. Good time to lube the final drive hub splines and driveshaft splines with Honda Moly 77 lube anyway. How old is the tire? Setting 5 years it probably should be replaced, too. Also look at replacing timing belts....
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brownNgoldwing
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Thx for the advice with the pump, never thought of that but most certainly will do!!
The tires I would say are fair with no cracks but im thinking you are gonna say "if your replacing the rear tire it has to come off anyways" lol and in retrospect you do bring up a valid point! I guess in fairness it would be a great time to do my brakes and calipers!
Hmmmm... im now thinking im gonna strip it right down and rebuild/replace most things!
She will look and run pretty!!
Again thx for the advice and I will tackle the tank/rear tire once carbs are rebuilt!
brownNgoldwing
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Hmmmmmm.... so now I have it stripped down to where I could look inside the rad.... milky color but oil looked fine except for the old "varsol smell"!

Is my engine cooked???
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Hoosier Jack
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Wait until you see all of the cool How-to articles here.
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RBGERSON
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had every year from 75 to 83

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Not necessarily cooked but you probably have an issue..oil in your water..mostly head gasket but could also be a water pump issue although I never could see how that could be but others say it happens. compression test might shed some light on the issues..


HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

FAIR WINDS,
RB
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