GL1500 Year Engine Built


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GL1500 Year Engine Built

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I just purchased a 1997 motor on Ebay and have been trying to verify the year the engine was built but nothing comes up. Can someone tell me the year this engine was built with the VIN# SC22E-2901340? I've checked everywhere and they're not easy to find and the prices get outrageous. This motor has a lot of oil on the bottom of it so hopefully that doesn't mean there's an issue with it. The salvage yard didn't know the mileage nor had he run it but said it has good compression and the starter works. So hopefully it'll work out

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Re: GL1500 Year Engine Built

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In a parts manual that I downloaded from this site years ago, it appears that your engine serial number is from a 1997.


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The chart I have also says 1997. I would be concerned about the oil on the case however. Mine is a 93 and no oil there except road film.
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Thank you for taking the time to do that, I really appreciate it. It's at least reassuring it's from a 1997. My 1995 has a lot of oil on the bottom of the motor but not near as much as this. I'm afraid to go with a pre 97 motor because of the isssue with the 4th gear. Mine went out at 60,000 miles and I didn't ride it hard but I don't know how it was ridden before I purcahsed it. I'm hoping it was maybe a loose oil filter leak or maybe the drain plug was slightly loose. This year and newer are hard to find, I bought this 1 for $700.00 on eBay plus $270 shipping and other sellers are asking $1200 and up to $1700. A local salvage yard would have only been $500 but of course none in the area

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JPochron wrote: Thu Jul 15, 2021 3:56 pm Thank you for taking the time to do that, I really appreciate it. It's at least reassuring it's from a 1997. My 1995 has a lot of oil on the bottom of the motor but not near as much as this. I'm afraid to go with a pre 97 motor because of the isssue with the 4th gear. Mine went out at 60,000 miles and I didn't ride it hard but I don't know how it was ridden before I purcahsed it. I'm hoping it was maybe a loose oil filter leak or maybe the drain plug was slightly loose. This year and newer are hard to find, I bought this 1 for $700.00 on eBay plus $270 shipping and other sellers are asking $1200 and up to $1700. A local salvage yard would have only been $500 but of course none in the area

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Joe
It appears to have a Compufire Alternator on it as well.

It is possible that the oil leakage was from the gear shift shaft over a period of years. The seal is notorious for leakage.
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thanks is that a good alternator?

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Hi.
I am the second owner of '93 with 115k miles. I bought it with the broken 4th gear and have put 12k miles on it without any problems (including two 1500 mile road trips). Although the bike runs great (after a complete restore and repaint), I've been kind of wanting to replace my engine someday. It would be nice for me and I'm sure plenty of other wingers if you could give up periodic updates on how you're progressing on your engine swap.
Thank you and good luck.
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JPochron wrote: Thu Jul 15, 2021 5:04 pm thanks is that a good alternator?

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Yes it is. It is the preferred alternator of many, me included.
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Sure no problem. It only took my mechanic a few hours to get the old 1 out. I thought we could get by without removing the carbuetors but when he started lowering it there was something holding it back. So the carbs had to come off as there's a raditator hose that attaches to the maniflod he couldn't reach without them coming off. There are plenty of early model 1500 motors flaoting around but there's always the odds that it could happen to another pre 97 motor so I defintely wanted '97 or newer. Valkyrie motors are out of the question because there's no reverse on them unless you're fine with that, also it's cost prohibitive to add reverse to a Valkyrie. So at this point the old motor is out waiting on the replacement to get here. Since it's out my mechanic recommended replacing the clutch with a Barnett Kevlar clutch so that's on order and we're rebuilding the clutch slave cylinder and I also purchased a new Clutch Master Cylinder on eBay for $20.00. I'm hoping the rebuilt slave cylinder and new Clutch will fix the issue with finding neutral. I'll update more when works continues
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Since i'm replacing the Clutch and rebuilding the Clutch Slave Cylinder, I thought it would be a good idea to replace the hydraulic clutch line with a stainless steel line. Problem is I can't find any information in as far as the length needed. Does anyone have a part number, know the length of the line or know where to purchase a stainless steel clutch line

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You should replace the shifter shaft seal also while the engine is out. That would only take a couple of minutes with the engine out. I'm thinking that is why the oil is on the bottom of the engine anyway.
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Re: GL1500 Year Engine Built

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Got it covered thanks. I already have it to install


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