Just purchased my first Goldwing!!!

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Just purchased my first Goldwing!!!

Post by DenverFox »

I got it for a steal, but it needs work, which I’m very much looking forward to.

I need to replace the stator and my question is, what else should I replace while I have the engine out?

The bike has 68k right now. I’m planning on changing the timing belt, but I’m wondering about the clutch and the fuel pump. I’m also interested in what I don’t know and am relying on your experience and expertise.

Thank you in advance!

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Re: Just purchased my first Goldwing!!!

Post by DenverWinger »

Hello and welcome to the forum.

Main drive clutch should be fine, but I'd service the hydraulic clutch slave cylinder and the master on the handlebar.

Also since you are in there you should service the starter sprag clutch (Clean it), on the same shaft as the alternator rotor, they tend to get gummed up over time and give you problems starting the engine, starter spins but doesn't crank engine. Call that some "PM".

Replace the timing belts if you don't know how old they are. This is an interference engine so a belt fail is catastrophic. Timing belts isn't an "Engine Out" job, but they are a lot easier to get to while engine is removed. You can get Gates timing belts from Amazon at about half the price you can get them from the auto parts stores. Last I bought belts from Amazon 5 yrs ago they were about $17 each. Local auto parts stores wanted around $40, Don't buy OEM belts (also Gates belts) from Honda, they want more like $75 each for same Gates belt you can get elsewhere.

When you remove the rear cover be ready to be rewarded with about a half-quart of engine oil that's captive back there, doesn't drain when you pull oil drain plug. You might mitigate that by tipping the engine block on its nose with drain plug out to see if you can drain it that way.
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Re: Just purchased my first Goldwing!!!

Post by Kuba »

If you're looking to buy belts, rockauto.com has them for just over 8$cad a piece. So US dollars gonna be maybe some crazy amount of 5$ a piece? Look for Gates T070. Also other brands have them, the list goes long...

I'd also consider upgrading tensioners with new oversized bearings. I have manual, that I download from the other site I guess. PM me for that.
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Re: Just purchased my first Goldwing!!!

Post by joecoolsuncle »

everything said above, and the exhaust orings and gaskets. when i did mine, i did not replace the clutch slave , a few months later, i had to replace slave and rebuild master. shortly after that, the clutch hose burst. that old fluid was nasty and had crystals in it. had obviously never been changed. just FYI

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