GL1100 oil window, front brake lever play


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1982 GL1100, oil window, front brake lever play

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Hello, my mystrey continues. My oil window appears to be black plastic. I thought it was dirty so I used hot soapy water and a stiff artist brush to scrub it clean. now it looks like clean black plastic. I took pictures and I will attatch. No I won't, stupid computer will not load the pictures, sorry. The bike does not have a dipstick. The P.O. bought every do dad available at the time, is this some sort of accessory? Also and un related I rebuilt the front master cylinder and bled it fine, however there is no play at the handle. I'm afraid to ride it for fear the calipers will heat up and lock. Is there any adjustment for this or did I bleed it incorrectly? Regarding my privious post: I adjusted the cam belts per video and reassembled. started right up. Vacume gauges are all at 5 inches. Bike sat for 10 or more years so I'm not to worried about vacume before I put some miles on it, hence the worry about the front brake locking up.


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GL1100 oil window, front brake lever play

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Hello, I don't know if the other post of 3 hours ago went through, but I can't find it and I know the pics didn't make it so I'm posting again, sorry if it is a dup. My 1982 GL 1100 oil window seems to be black plastic. At first I thought it was just dirty, so I used hot soapy water and a stiff artist brush to clean it. Now it looks like clean black plastic. See pictures. There is no aftermarket dipstick, but the PO bought every other do-dad and chrome goodie available. is this some aftermarket thing? Are dip sticks still available? On another note. I rebuilt my front master cylinder and it bled just fine. How ever there is no play at the lever. I'm afraid after a few stops the calipers will heat up and lock on me. Regarding my post several weeks ago: I adjusted the timing belts per the video, reassembled everything and it started right up. the vacume gauges are all right at 5 inches. However the bike sat for over 10 years and I'm not going to get to worried about the vacume till I get a few miles on the bike, enter the front brake worries. ( I'm going to save the billows of smoke for another day) any and all help greatly appreciated.

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It's probably dirty on the inside. Maybe next oil change, after you drain, put the plug back in and add some ATF or solvent to try to clean it up a little. let soak for a bit then drain out and refill with oil. Dip stick kit FTW.
No real play in the brake lever. If you can push the pads out, you're ok. If not, maybe you have a bad aftermarket lever or something?
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You DO know what that slotted fitting in the middle of the window is for, right? You turn it with a screwdriver and it has a wiper on the inside to clean the window. My guess is that right now it's overfilled, it doesn't take much oil to go from empty to covering that window.
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I have an 83 GL 1100 , my oil window is round and I can not see **** through it , as some one else pointed out the screw slot is for an inside wiper , which I never touched because it is so old , BUT I saw in these forums a UV light on that window and you can see the oil level perfectly , I found a flash light with a UV lens on Amazon for a reasonable price as for the brake lever mine has an adjustment dial at the throttle handle , one last thought if you are worried about the brake hanging up go for a short ride and check the Disc if it is HOTT the brake is dragging if not hot your allset
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Here is what the oil sight glass on my 82 Interstate looks like under UV light. In regular light it looks like yours.
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very cool. i sold my 75 with the dirty sight glass issue before i could try this. good to know that it works so well.
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very cool. i sold my 75 with the dirty sight glass issue before i could try this. good to know that it works so well.
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Glad to see it worked out for you , Amazing how well you can see your oil level
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Thanks for the tip on the UV light for the sight glass. I work on a bunch of equipment that have hard to view sight glasses. I'll have to try the UV trick next time.
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FYI. The first GL1000’s didn’t have the little oil window wiper. My two 75 GL 1000’s do not so I’m going to be looking into the UV light. I believe that it was added for the 1976 model year. The brake lever issue is something that if the brakes don’t make the bike hard to push after squeezing the lever then I feel I’m good to go. It doesn’t take much drag to make a bike hard to push.
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hi, you say you re-built the front brake master cyl. was the new piston the same length as the old one ? there should be a little free play at the lever.
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Harbor Freight Tools - UV Blacklight Flashlight

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