Some Questions about "New to Me" 1988 GW GL1500


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Re: Some Questions about "New to Me" 1988 GW GL1500

Post by rick457 » Fri Dec 02, 2016 3:24 pm



Something else I should mention is buying a clymer service manual



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Post by Bluewaterhooker0 » Fri Dec 02, 2016 9:49 pm

Maybe you've already figured it out, but your cruise issue, based on your description, is due to the aftermarket brake levers on the bike. Lots of them have that issue. If you look at where it contacts the switch/s, just build up that contact point with some 3M double sided tape and a piece of aluminum can (very tiny piece). I had the same issue right after installing my new handles, with both the cruise set, and brake lights, both caused by the same issue. It takes very little build-up, and may need to be addressed again in a few years of wear.

FWIW, I would go with the factory service manual. I have a PDF version for 1989. If you're interested, PM me.

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Re: Some Questions about "New to Me" 1988 GW GL1500

Post by captdecker » Fri Dec 02, 2016 10:14 pm

I HAD THE TROUBLE WITH BRAKE just build up that contact point I used JB weld. dilled a hole where the build needed to be for a place for the JB to hold on too.

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Re: Some Questions about "New to Me" 1988 GW GL1500

Post by Wildwilly018 » Fri Mar 02, 2018 10:09 pm

Most of your questions have been answered very well. As for your cruise, I was going to suggest you check and or change the sub filter for cruise. On left side behind where reverse lever is. There is post with pics on Wing Docs for locating both sub filters. Here is link for both sub filters. viewtopic.php?t=11036. Repaced my right side filter recently while doing winter maintenance. Replaced front and rear brake pads. Air filter. Right side sub filter. Plugs. Now rear is tore apart replacing rear tire. I go with Dunlop E3's. Good tires. Never liked the K177's. Picked up a Clymer service manual in January at bike show. Great book. I do have the original owners manual also. Best of luck with everything. Love my 88 Gl1500 also.

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Re: Some Questions about "New to Me" 1988 GW GL1500

Post by Sotaguy100 » Sat Sep 01, 2018 9:25 pm

I have an 88 Goldwing just like yours. I also had trouble with the cruise control. I checked all the switches and relays and everything was working. The last thing I did was to take the cruise off on switch and set switch apart and spray them with cleaner and lubricator. 30 years of water and dirt in a small space that never gets cleaned. I put it back together and it has worked perfect since. :D

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Re: Some Questions about "New to Me" 1988 GW GL1500

Post by FiDude » Mon Sep 03, 2018 2:22 pm

Sotaguy100 wrote:
Sat Sep 01, 2018 9:25 pm
I have an 88 Goldwing just like yours. I also had trouble with the cruise control. I checked all the switches and relays and everything was working. The last thing I did was to take the cruise off on switch and set switch apart and spray them with cleaner and lubricator. 30 years of water and dirt in a small space that never gets cleaned. I put it back together and it has worked perfect since. :D
Thanks,
I'll try that also
For the most part it works OK after some of the initial suggestions -
meaning if I push out on the brake and clutch levers then try to engage the cruise - it works
so have been using that method for now.
But I'm guessing I'd have to replace the bushing in the levers

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Re: Some Questions about "New to Me" 1988 GW GL1500

Post by captdecker » Mon Sep 03, 2018 2:54 pm

"But I'm guessing I'd have to replace the bushing in the levers"

That lest the bushing are easy. Check the the lock nut to be sure it not to tight just a little will keep the lever from going all the way out.

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Re: Some Questions about "New to Me" 1988 GW GL1500

Post by Wildwilly018 » Mon Sep 03, 2018 2:58 pm

rick457 wrote:
Fri Dec 02, 2016 3:24 pm
Something else I should mention is buying a clymer service manual
I bought one at the Toronto Bike Show for my 88. Everyone should have one. Great item.

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Re: Some Questions about "New to Me" 1988 GW GL1500

Post by Wildwilly018 » Mon Sep 03, 2018 5:19 pm

FiDude wrote:
Mon Sep 03, 2018 2:22 pm
Sotaguy100 wrote:
Sat Sep 01, 2018 9:25 pm
I have an 88 Goldwing just like yours. I also had trouble with the cruise control. I checked all the switches and relays and everything was working. The last thing I did was to take the cruise off on switch and set switch apart and spray them with cleaner and lubricator. 30 years of water and dirt in a small space that never gets cleaned. I put it back together and it has worked perfect since. :D
Thanks,
I'll try that also
For the most part it works OK after some of the initial suggestions -
meaning if I push out on the brake and clutch levers then try to engage the cruise - it works
so have been using that method for now.
But I'm guessing I'd have to replace the bushing in the levers
I have not had any problems with my cruise on my 88. I do spray all my control buttons on occasion with contact cleaning spray.

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Re: Some Questions about "New to Me" 1988 GW GL1500

Post by Bluewaterhooker0 » Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:15 pm

FiDude wrote:
Mon Sep 03, 2018 2:22 pm
Sotaguy100 wrote:
Sat Sep 01, 2018 9:25 pm
I have an 88 Goldwing just like yours. I also had trouble with the cruise control. I checked all the switches and relays and everything was working. The last thing I did was to take the cruise off on switch and set switch apart and spray them with cleaner and lubricator. 30 years of water and dirt in a small space that never gets cleaned. I put it back together and it has worked perfect since. :D
Thanks,
I'll try that also
For the most part it works OK after some of the initial suggestions -
meaning if I push out on the brake and clutch levers then try to engage the cruise - it works
so have been using that method for now.
But I'm guessing I'd have to replace the bushing in the levers
If pushing out on your clutch and brake levers fixes the issue, you either have a bad/weak, switch or switches, OR you have a typical aftermarket lever problem. I would lean toward the aftermarket lever problem, in that the casting for the levers is not quite 100% accurate, thus the contact points on the lever or levers is not making good contact with the face of the switches. It is probably only one of your levers, but I suppose it could be both. If you look at where the lever face meets the switches, it will be obvious what needs to be done to make better solid contact with those switches. The contact surface needs to be built up very slightly on the lever, so that the switch is solidly pushed in.



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