new to the forum, new to me 81 gl110


Information and questions on GL1100 Goldwings (1980-1983)
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Fetasigma
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new to the forum, new to me 81 gl110

Post by Fetasigma » Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:01 am



Hi guys, just picked up a new to me 81 gl1100 converted to standard to teach my son to ride on. Just introducing myself, as i am sure i will have many questions.

So far the forum has been a great help and the DIY articles have been very helpful. I have already switched out the diode to fix a always on neutral light with success, replaced the speedo and tach cables to get fully working guages. Motor runs and drives great idles in the right range, next stop for me is a brake rebuild, recplacing the front master as the lid is held on with zip ties, and the rear is grabbing so i will rebuild the caliper and master on that hoping to correct the problem and go new pads all around. then i will flush fluids and get her back on the road. i am a little concerned about doing the timing belts but i will get there soon before it is roadworthy.



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DiverDavePMP
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Motorcycle: 1981 GL1100 Goldwing

Re: new to the forum, new to me 81 gl110

Post by DiverDavePMP » Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:25 am

Greetings Fetasigma! I just finished an ‘81 GL1100 rebuild and now my “old girl” is back on the road. Just return here whenever you have questions. All the folks on this forum are super helpful!

I did new timing belts first, then full brake rebuilds (front & back), fuel petcock rebuild, new fuel lines and fuel filter, new tires and all new fluids. I would recommend you don’t put off new timing belts as the consequences of them failing are serious. Lots and lots of cleanup to go, but I’m enjoying this season on the road. Ride hard or go home! Safe travels

Fetasigma
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Re: new to the forum, new to me 81 gl110

Post by Fetasigma » Thu Sep 06, 2018 9:00 am

i am getting there, tore apart my brakes last night to do a rebuild only to find the the right front caliper had been sourced from something else, as even though it looked right externally, the internals were all wrong(piston sizes wrong, so good cores are hopefully on their way from ebay. i have the belts on order from amazon. this is really a labor of love for my son, although i will have fun riding it and testing it out until it meets my standards.

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Re: new to the forum, new to me 81 gl110

Post by DiverDavePMP » Thu Sep 06, 2018 9:33 am

I can sure understand the “labor of love” thought. Though, for me, it was my son helping ME learn to rebuild the GL. My son is a mechanical engineer and a virtual genius with all motorcycles. BTW, during your brake rebuilds if you come upon a source for:
Retainer, Bracket 45112-410-006
Spring, Pad 45108-415-006
I would love to hear where to get them. I need 3 of the Retainer, Bracket 45112-410-006, and 1 Spring, Pad 45108-415-006. I had to make my own parts, but I would rather have OEM if I can.

Best wishes to you during your rebuild!



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