GL1200LTD Project


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GL1200LTD Project

Post by EasyBadger » Thu May 10, 2018 10:03 pm



Hi everybody,

I'm very close to get a GL1200LTD as a project bike.

The first and most important part is to have the service manual.

Does somebody have a file for this bike?

I'll let everybody know how it is going.

Thanks for help.
Jens



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Re: GL1200LTD Project

Post by Rednaxs60 » Fri May 11, 2018 9:41 am

Welcome from the west coast rock. Great bike for a project, have 2 of them and both on the road. See PM.

Good luck.

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Re: GL1200LTD Project

Post by EasyBadger » Mon May 14, 2018 5:57 pm

I picked up the bike over the weekend in the Okanagen region which was a 625 km drive from my home one way. My son came with me to give me company.

The bike needs quiet a bit of work. It was sitting for 3 years. They said, it needs a starter and has electrical issues. After taking it a bit apart, I saw, there is much more going on. The battery which came with the bike was brand new (receipt from 2015) and didn´t charge over night. Will buy a new battery at first, replace all fluids and check out everything else. At least it came with the Clymer service book.

I keep you guys posted.

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Re: GL1200LTD Project

Post by Rednaxs60 » Mon May 14, 2018 7:47 pm

Bike looks pretty good, you will be impressed with the product when finished.

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Re: GL1200LTD Project

Post by Rednaxs60 » Mon May 14, 2018 8:36 pm

To give a start, I'd suggest the following:

Make sure it turns over. Use the bolt on the end of the rotor/stator shaft.


Uses a 17 mm wrench. Turn the engine clockwise only.

For the starter, there are good tutorials on how to clean, install new brushes and put back together. Brushes can be purchased from a good alternator shop. Way cheaper than a new starter, have bought new and cleaned up the old. To change the starter on these bikes you will have to drop the exhaust, install new exhaust o-rings, and remove the exhaust stud closest to the starter. been through this a couple of times on both bikes and this is how it has to be done. You may want to change the exhaust studs and nuts for new, but if not would recommend you chase the studs and nuts with tap and die. If you do this work, there are small bits in the starter casing for alignment that you do not want to loose. Match mark the casing(s) for reassemble. I mention this because a new starter can cost over $200.00 CDN whereas a rebuild will cost you a set of brushes at $15.00 CDN. Don't break any wire connections inside the starter.

Highly recommend A small tap and die set from Canadian tire and get a couple of bottoming taps as well. Good investment, some of the bolts/studs/nuts will be very rusted. Use anti seize when installing. If you don'e install new, chase the studs/bolts/nuts before installing, makes life easier.

Change all fluids.

Check the fuel tank for rust/crud. Also run fuel through the fuel hose(s) and shut off valve until it flows freely. Had crud in the fuel lines when I started on mine.

For the fuel pump you might want to connect it directly to a battery to see if it works if not there are aftermarket units, but you can also go to an auto wrecker with the old pump and get one that is identical and works for a lot less money than a new aftermarket unit.

The same for the injectors. The ones that are in these bikes are very robust. Had the injectors on my bike in Victoria cleaned and flow tested, not a lot of difference between the before and after.

Use some Sea Foam in the tank or even Yamaha Ring Free to clean the system.

Once this is proven install new fuel pump and make sure it operates correctly. When the key is turned on, the fuel pump will operate for 2-3 seconds and shut off. The fuel pump will come on automatically as soon as the engine starts.

When you turn on the key, look at the ECU that is under the rear trunk and confirm the the lights come on as a self check and then go out. This will indicate to you that there are no faulty sensors. These lights can be viewed from the left side of the bike.

Having done this try and start the bike, may take a few tries but it should start. Do not rev the engine, but if you have to, keep the RPMs as low as possible 1100 to 1200.

Should the engine start then you can start on the maintenance issues.

Change the timing belts - Gates T070 or equivalent - time doesn't do these belts any favours. I have Dayco 95070 installed - $14.00 each.
New fuel filter - can't get an OEM so have to use a suitable alternative such as: Hastings GF159/Beck Arnley 043-0897/Fram G3969/NAPA 3556/WIX 33556/RFI-R86556 (this is the least expensive option and is installed on my second bike)

Rebuild the brake calipers and use new brake pads. The brake pads are the same front/rear. You will need to punch out the caliper pins. Be careful with the caliper pins on the left front caliper. These are longer than the right front and rear calipers and are scarce and no longer available from Honda. The shorter ones for the right front and rear calipers are still available from Honda. New dust and oil seals and cleaning of the caliper pistons is good maintenance. Expect the pivot pins to be seized as well and will need to be freed. These pivot pins allow the calipers to float/self align.

The TRAC collar/piston may be seized as well. Something to check. The rubber boots for the TRAC system and brake calipers are still available from Honda.

Check for oil leaks from valve cover gaskets and even the shifter oil seal.

You may find some of the switches may not work. A good contact cleaner and lube is all that is needed. Take you time when doing these as there are small bits in the switches that you do not want to loose.

Take off the rear and inspect the splines on the final drive, prop shaft and rear tire hub. Use a good moly paste such as Loctite LB8012 - bit expensive but will last for a long time.

This should get you started. I had a budget of approximately $2000.00 to get the bike roadworthy to include tires, brake system rebuild, external alt mod, battery, fuel pump, starter and other issues. Yours could be less.

Good luck. Cheers
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Re: GL1200LTD Project

Post by EasyBadger » Mon May 14, 2018 10:56 pm

Thanks Rednaxs60 for your tips.

I'll work through it step by step.

Cheers.

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Re: GL1200LTD Project

Post by Rednaxs60 » Tue May 15, 2018 6:29 am

No worries - check the clutch and brake MCs as well. you will probably see a lot of grey muck in them. Clean the MCs well and flush with lots of new fluid. For the Clutch system, the clutch slave will be full of crud as well. Her are pics of the one I just did:




The parts for the clutch slave are available from Honda. You need a piston spring, piston oil seal and piston push rod seal.

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Re: GL1200LTD Project

Post by EasyBadger » Fri May 18, 2018 9:56 pm

It is unbelievable, what some people are riding with. I discovered, that the tires on the bike are from 2001. These people are suicidal.

My question is now, which are the best tires in relationship to price and mileage?

Save rides,
Jens

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Re: GL1200LTD Project

Post by Rednaxs60 » Sat May 19, 2018 5:02 am

I have Michelin Commander II tires on my '85 LTD in Victoria, and have 25,000 Km on them and not to the wear bars yet. I should expect another 5 Km out of them, but they may wear faster on the last half - time will tell. Use Ride On tire sealant and balancing formula instead of external weights. Have tried Counteract beads for balancing - these work as well, but prefer the Ride On formula. Keep the tires at 40 PSI as well. The Kms on this bike are city/highway, solo and two up touring (did 8,000 Kms two up touring last year).

The '85 LTD that I am putting on the road here in Ontario has Shinko Tourmaster tires from Fortnine installed and I'm using the Ride On formulas as well - 40 PSI per tire.

The Michelin Commanders are approximately $400.00 a set whereas the Shinko tires are $220.00 a set. Will be monitoring the Shinko tire wear when I travel across to Victoria. Lots of rubber on these tires.

The tires you settle on will depend on what your riding intentions are. If it's touring and lots of, I'd initially go with the Michelin, if not try the Shinko Tourmaster tires. Worst case is you need the better tires and change to the Michelin.

Another consideration in the longevity of the tires is the bike suspension. I would expect that the bike you just picked up probably has not had the suspension upgraded or renewed. After 34 years it gets soft and this affects the tires severely. New front fork springs and rear air shock springs would enhance the ride quality and performance of the bike. You should change the oil in the front forks if the bike has been sitting for a while and putting in a set of new springs would be a benefit. You can get Progressive and Race Tech springs for the front forks.

Race Tech also provides emulator valves that, with the race tech springs, emulates a monotube shock absorber insert. I have the Race Tech front fork springs and gold valve emulators. I find these to work well. You have to modify the lower fork tube and disable the TRAC braking system to install this setup.

There is another company, Traxxion, that has a setup for the 1200 but it is the most expensive.

The rear air shocks are a different issue, more involved to refurbish. I put Progressive series 412 non-air shocks on my bike in Victoria, and will be installing a set on this bike here in Ontario. These give a good ride and bike performance. Only con for doing this is that you have to remove the saddlebags to adjust the shocks. I have mine set on level 4 for solo and two up round town and short trip riding. For extended rides I put the shocks to max because of the added luggage.

Just a few more thoughts to consider.

Cheers
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Re: GL1200LTD Project

Post by SilverDave » Sat May 19, 2018 10:36 am

Once you punch out the brake pad pins (5.8 mm drift ... I use a cut-off phillips screwdriver which had 5.8 mm shaft )
then.. ....
since those pins are no longer available ,
.... chuck them in a drill press, and " Turn " them down to less than 6 mm, with emery cloth .

When they are the right size, less than 6.00 , all along the shaft ( Digital caliber tool ? )
they will slide in with a small drop of oil and just your baby finger ...

and out again,, two years later with just a 5.8 mm wooden dowel, and a gentle push .... LOL

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Re: GL1200LTD Project

Post by SilverDave » Sat May 19, 2018 10:42 am

Many of my 1200 friends and I use Dunlops E3 or E4 .....a long wearing bias tire

Good mileage, great handling on a 1200, and often a good price from ITC ....
Michelins are also good , too.

I am always a bit suspicious of Shinko Tires or any cheaper tire ....the 1200 is a pretty heavy bike .

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Re: GL1200LTD Project

Post by EasyBadger » Sat May 19, 2018 7:18 pm

I found the Michelin Commander 2 tires for a great price on Amazon. Front tire for $200 and the rear tire for $300 with only $5 each for shipping. I ordered them right away.

Safe rides,
Jens

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Re: GL1200LTD Project

Post by rcgreg » Sat May 19, 2018 9:19 pm

which ever way you go, you will find the bike worth the investment
I love mine - best handling big bike i have ever had super solid on the road.

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Re: GL1200LTD Project

Post by EasyBadger » Sun May 20, 2018 5:11 pm

Today I took the bike more apart. I don´t know if the pads are down, however the disks are all on their minimum thickness.

Any suggestions where I can get new break disks? OEM are not available any more. I´ll put in new pads anyways for safety reasons.

Safe rides,
Jens

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Re: GL1200LTD Project

Post by Rednaxs60 » Sun May 20, 2018 7:36 pm

Look on eBay for some good aftermarket ones. Here is another site to visit: http://www.straightwings.com/ He has some rotors available. Check the parts fiche and you will find that the rotors for most of the 1200s and years will interchange. The 1984 Aspencade rotors will fit. New aftermarket rotors will cost you $1000.00 CDN for the three - these can be purchased through Fortnine - did this on my '85 LTD 2 1/2 years ago - definitely an ouch.

Fortnine site page is: https://fortnine.ca/en/ebc-oe-replacement-rotor

Good luck - Cheers
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Re: GL1200LTD Project

Post by EasyBadger » Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:46 pm

The progress is pretty slow. It takes a lot of time to get the parts. Already received the tires, starter relais, brake disks and starter maintenance kit. Others are still missing. Took the bike even more apart. Tomorrow is Two Wheel Sunday in Calgary, which is one of the biggest gathering of everything Motorcycle in the area. I take my 1985 GL500I for to get there and to volunteer at the VJMC (Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club) booth over the day. The weather looks great.

To everybody a great weekend and safe rides,
Jens

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Re: GL1200LTD Project

Post by EasyBadger » Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:21 pm

Today my worst fears came true. I took the starter out, rebuilded it, tested it and it worked great. After putting it back in and installing the battery, I pressed the start button and the starter turned a bit and stopped. The engine seized. Than I saw cooling water coming out of cylinder 4, which I suspect is coming from a broken head gasket.

Any thoughts?

Best regards,
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Re: GL1200LTD Project

Post by rcgreg » Wed Jun 06, 2018 7:29 am

Had that happen to an 84 Interstate, heads need to be removed and checked for cracks
I'm sure there are lots of used ones avail on the net

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Re: GL1200LTD Project

Post by Rednaxs60 » Wed Jun 06, 2018 7:52 am

Good news day all round. Sorry about the coolant. Always a challenge.

Spent the last couple of days in Ottawa visiting with my friend of 39 years who is a wreck and in the hospital. Got to Ottawa on Monday afternoon, bike working as god as can be expected, quite well actually - 600 Km at 3900-4000 RPM, worked well. Parked in his driveway, used his car for the last couple of days.

Went out this morning, started right up, loaded the bike for the last leg back to my brother's place - 650 Kms or so, blew the main fuse on the starter solenoid, had put a 20 amp fuse in, headlight popped, and I'm showing almost 15 VDC on the dash voltmeter. Will be contemplating this on my way north. Strangest thing I've seen so far, and Friday - "D" day to the west coast is fast approaching.

For your engine there is a fellow in Halifax who is probably going to part out a running LTD. Engine has 136,000 Km on it. I have been in contact with him regarding some of the parts I would like. Price of heads versus a complete running engine may not be that different. Be a plug and play issue.

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Re: GL1200LTD Project

Post by EasyBadger » Thu Jun 07, 2018 2:28 pm

Today I made a shocking discovery. I have the bad feeling, that my engine is toast. I found rust in cylinder 3 and 4 and also on the valves (see pictures). Also the inlet valve of the 1st cylinder is bend.

Is there any chance to save the engine? I have no idea how the engine can rust at the inside of the cylinder.

Any suggestions?

Safe rides,
Jens


Right Head


Right Cylinder


Left Head


Left Cylinder

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Re: GL1200LTD Project

Post by rcgreg » Thu Jun 07, 2018 2:36 pm

You get rust from moisture, you get moisture when the head gaskets leak, when the head gaskets leak the heads warp.
It can probably be fixed - but much cheaper I suspect to find a good used engine on the net - there's a ton of them out there.

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Re: GL1200LTD Project

Post by Rednaxs60 » Fri Jun 08, 2018 4:54 am

Ugly set of pictures to say the least. Getting a good used engine is still a pig in a poke so to speak. The LTD engine is slightly different in configuration from the carb models with the extra sensors Gr/Gl and the air system. Went on eBay and checked and found lots of parts, but no complete engines.

Having mentioned this, if this is a project bike and you have the time and inclination, I would clean everything first, find a shop that can do an inspection of the heads - valve seats, maybe a magnaflux for cracks, checking for flat - never know may be pleasantly surprised. The engine cylinders should be cleaned first as it sits, check for pitting and such - again, maybe pleasantly surprised.

I have found new pistons and oversized rings for the 1200 engine on line. Canuckxxx in your neck of the woods used rings from an early model GM car - have the info somewhere.

Everything is dependent on what you want to do with the bike. If everything else is good, I'd treat this like the Sunday morning cars that are now reappearing after a long winter's nap. These old guys, and young ones too, take some ugly parts and make them almost new again.

Just thinking out loud.

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Re: GL1200LTD Project

Post by EasyBadger » Sun Jun 10, 2018 1:48 pm

Hello Everybody,

I´m not putting much more effort into this bike for now.

I found another LTD about 250km away which is working. I checked it out, rode it and bought it. I´m picking it up on Wednesday when it is dry all the way.


I´ll keep the first one as a parts bike, which means, the project is cancelled.

Over the winter time I can improve the working bike with the nice chrome parts from the other one.
For now it is riding season.

Safe rides,
Jens

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Re: GL1200LTD Project

Post by Rednaxs60 » Sun Jun 10, 2018 1:59 pm

Very nice ride. Always good to have extra parts available. Cheers
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Re: GL1200LTD Project

Post by EasyBadger » Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:50 pm

I picked up my Goldy today. It was a 250km ride in one shot, because I had a few showers on the way. The ride itself was awesome. The cassette player has a great sound. It is a day and night difference between the Goldwing and the Silverwing.

Safe rides,
Jens



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