'86 GW Interstate Project Bike


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Re: '86 GW Interstate Project Bike

Post by julimike54 » Wed Oct 09, 2019 7:48 am



If it was me I'd powder coat the frame.

The tool I think is called a Park tool or maybe that's who makes them (can't remember). Bicycle shops use a lot of those.

Yes the way the calipers are mounted are part of the Trac system, the rest of the Trac is inside the fork.

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Re: '86 GW Interstate Project Bike

Post by Smartin » Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:54 am

julimike, Thanks for the info.I'm gonna have to read up on that TRAC system and learn more about it... I'm leaning towards powder coating too...

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Re: '86 GW Interstate Project Bike

Post by WingAdmin » Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:45 pm

The pivot tool looks like this:





That said, I made one out of a cheap socket by just grinding away the parts that didn't need to be there.

The actual Honda tool allows you to torque that lock ring while holding the center with another tool through the center of the socket, which is technically the correct way to do it.

And yes, that's the TRAC system you took pictures of.

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Re: '86 GW Interstate Project Bike

Post by Smartin » Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:20 pm

Thanks WingAdmin, mine came out looking like this...
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And it actually worked when I tried it...

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Re: '86 GW Interstate Project Bike

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Oct 14, 2019 12:42 pm

You sacrificed a Craftsman socket!!

When I did mine, I just used a Harbor Freight cheapie. :)

Actually, I've made another one since for a steering stem, out of a cheap deep socket from NAPA that cost me around $7 (vs $90 for the Honda version).

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Re: '86 GW Interstate Project Bike

Post by Smartin » Mon Oct 14, 2019 1:12 pm

Yes WingAd, I did. For some reason I had two 30mm Craftsman sockets, Harbor Freight is WAY too far away for me to just run down there. I'll need to make one for the steering stem as well, I do have a Napa close by though, I'll have to check them out, or Auto Zone.

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Re: '86 GW Interstate Project Bike

Post by Smartin » Mon Oct 14, 2019 1:29 pm

Now that I've got the final drive off I checked for freeplay, or slop, and there doesn't seem to be very much, about 1.5 mm.




It's got 25,000 miles on it, should I open it up for any reason?



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Re: '86 GW Interstate Project Bike

Post by DenverWinger » Mon Oct 14, 2019 9:59 pm

I wouldn't open it unless there's an issue that you are already aware of. 25,000 miles is nothing, these final drive units are pretty much bullet-proof if given reasonable care (splines lubed, gear lube changed).
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Re: '86 GW Interstate Project Bike

Post by Smartin » Tue Oct 15, 2019 1:20 am

Thanks Denver, I didn't really want to open it up anyway. I couldn't find any "How To" articles on tearing it apart and reassembling the unit, and the shop manual was no help other than "take it to a dealer if you think there's an issue".
So I just cleaned it up a little.
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Can this be powder coated?

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Re: '86 GW Interstate Project Bike

Post by Rambozo » Tue Oct 15, 2019 1:39 pm

Yes, but at minimum you would need to remove the seals. Best would be completely apart. Powdercoat bake temp is around 400°F so of course all the oil would need to be cleaned out, too. I would not attempt it assembled as some bearings could have plastic cages or there could be other materials that can't take the heat. Maybe someone that has had many of them apart can verify the internals.

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Re: '86 GW Interstate Project Bike

Post by Smartin » Tue Oct 15, 2019 3:14 pm

Thanks Rambozo, your input is appreciated. I was thinking there would be issues with the bearings. Looks like It's gonna get painted.

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Re: '86 GW Interstate Project Bike

Post by Smartin » Tue Oct 22, 2019 5:15 pm

Wing Admin, I had to make this one for the steering stem top nut.


Then I found these hiding underneath.


I guess I'll be making another tool to get these back on.

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Re: '86 GW Interstate Project Bike

Post by Smartin » Tue Oct 22, 2019 5:19 pm

i also found this oozing out of the right side front caliper.




Pistons seem to be frozen in both sides as well.







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Re: '86 GW Interstate Project Bike

Post by WingAdmin » Wed Oct 23, 2019 9:37 am

That caliper ooze is what brake fluid looks like after it's absorbed a lot of moisture. You're going to need to drain, flush and clean your braking system. I'd also inspect everything for corrosion as well.

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Re: '86 GW Interstate Project Bike

Post by Smartin » Thu Oct 24, 2019 1:58 am

Thanks WingAdmin, I have rebuild kits for the clutch master cylinder, and brake master cylinders and calipers, front and rear, waiting for me to pick up at the post office. What do I flush the brake lines with? Is it possible, due to the water in the fluid, that the hard lines are corroded on the inside?

Did some painting last week, it came out better than I thought it would.













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Re: '86 GW Interstate Project Bike

Post by Smartin » Thu Oct 24, 2019 2:11 am

Does this look familiar to anyone? I missed labeling it, I vaguely remember it from when I was pulling the carbs out. I think it's a vacuum line. One end has a plug in it, and the leg of the "tee" possibly goes to the ignition unit, maybe, but I can't remember where it gets vacuum from. Any help would be appreciated.


Not much left on the frame, just the center stand, the clutch line and rear brake lines.









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Re: '86 GW Interstate Project Bike

Post by Smartin » Thu Oct 24, 2019 2:16 am

The wiring harness should be fun to reinstall.The long tail at the rear was, I believe, for a trailer.







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Re: '86 GW Interstate Project Bike

Post by WingAdmin » Thu Oct 24, 2019 2:34 pm

Brake cleaner will remove any of that gunk (and remaining brake fluid). I use that stuff for everything!

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Re: '86 GW Interstate Project Bike

Post by Smartin » Thu Oct 24, 2019 3:27 pm

Great, thanks WingAdmin, I was hoping you'd say that, I kinda like it myself...



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Re: '86 GW Interstate Project Bike

Post by Smartin » Thu Nov 14, 2019 5:01 pm

Been a bit hectic at my house, starting to thin things out and pack up whats left getting ready for our move to either Texas or New Mexico, so I haven't posted for a while. But here are some pics of where I'm at...
Frame is buck naked and ready to get powder coated, along with a a few other bits that I'm sure I'll be adding to before I haul it down there.


Miscellaneous hoses and wires, I tried to label everything I could...


And countless bags of parts to clean...





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Re: '86 GW Interstate Project Bike

Post by WingAdmin » Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:58 pm

I do the exact same thing when doing disassembly of major parts: everything goes into ziploc sandwich bags, which get labelled with a Sharpie marker.

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Re: '86 GW Interstate Project Bike

Post by Smartin » Fri Nov 15, 2019 3:10 am

My problem is L wasn't as good at it when I started, as I am now. I would have, if I'd known what I know now, been a bit more precise with my labels and included picture numbers on the bags... Live and learn...



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