1983 GL1100


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billball
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1983 GL1100

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Hi everyone, I,m new to the Goldwing Docs.
I Haven't ridden a bike in a few years so in an whim I bought a 1983 GL 1100 It looks new it runs like new very few kms but has 2 minor issues.
It has the radio and communication system but I didn't get the helmets or anything with it and i'm wondering how easy is it to just put a blue tooth
am / fm cd player in it's place but still utilize the stock external speakers.
Second problem is and probably because I have big feet is that the rear brake pedal is to high, I have to actually lift my foot up to apply the rear brakes.
I see the brake lever shaft and the spring but if anybody knows if it's splinded and can be removed and set down a little it would allow me to apply the brakes with ease
Thanks


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The brake pedal is adjustable. As far as the radio I haven't a clue. Sierra electronics in troy oh is the only ones in the world who still work on these radios. Call them and ask they are willing to help over the phone.
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Welcome and congratulations on buying the best 1100 model year!

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At the 3:00 mark, he is using a phillips and a wrench on the parts to adjust the pedal height. Leave yours installed, loosen that jam nut and spin shaft with the wrench, mind the boot. Watch pedal raise or lower, adjust to your liking.
When all else fails, RTFM!

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Thank you, I was thinking I had to remove the whole pedal assembly and that spring looked nasty.
I adjusted the push rod and bingo, pedal height is perfect.

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FYI If you ever need to take the spring off=slide pennies in each ring. I think 10-12 pennies. The pennies keeps the spring out so you can hook it back together.
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That cool Thanks for the heads up

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I agree, the best wing ever.. '83
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billball wrote: Sat May 02, 2020 9:20 pm Hi everyone, I,m new to the Goldwing Docs.
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Second problem is and probably because I have big feet is that the rear brake pedal is to high, I have to actually lift my foot up to apply the rear brakes.
I see the brake lever shaft and the spring but if anybody knows if it's splinded and can be removed and set down a little it would allow me to apply the brakes with ease
Thanks
the method i used to move the pedal down to make it more comfortable, is to heat the pedal and bend it down. if your rear brakes are like mine, the brakes will work fine afterward. i only need about an inch of pedal travel and my brakes will lock up. if yours are the same, i would bend the pedal shaft.
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billball wrote: Sat May 02, 2020 9:20 pm Hi everyone, I,m new to the Goldwing Docs.
I Haven't ridden a bike in a few years so in an whim I bought a 1983 GL 1100 It looks new it runs like new very few kms but has 2 minor issues.
It has the radio and communication system but I didn't get the helmets or anything with it and i'm wondering how easy is it to just put a blue tooth
am / fm cd player in it's place but still utilize the stock external speakers.
wire the radio into the power system the same way you would on a car. then run new wires directly from the radio to the speakers, bypassing the stock amplifier and such. you may need to fab a plate to mount the radio into the side pocket where the tap deck is.
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If you look at the back of the brake pedal behind the pivot there's a rod connecting the pedal to the master cylinder. There's a threaded adjuster in this rod with a lock nut. Loosen the lock nut and then you should be able to turn the adjuster to set the pedal height where you want it.

At least my 1980 GL1100 has the adjuster....
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DenverWinger wrote: Wed Jul 28, 2021 3:13 pm If you look at the back of the brake pedal behind the pivot there's a rod connecting the pedal to the master cylinder. There's a threaded adjuster in this rod with a lock nut. Loosen the lock nut and then you should be able to turn the adjuster to set the pedal height where you want it.

At least my 1980 GL1100 has the adjuster....
They all have that adjuster. Adjusting the pedal by moving it on the splined shaft will be too much adjustment - it will end up too high or too low. But you can definitely adjust it to the correct position with that threaded adjuster. Heating and bending the pedal can make it brittle, which is really not something you want on a critical item like a brake pedal.


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