Engine compatibility


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Mike Over
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Engine compatibility

Post by Mike Over » Thu Sep 06, 2018 9:14 pm



Fairly new to Goldwings long story short my my 1994 1500 SE has the shifter fork problem. I have located a low mileage 1988 1500 with known history. This engine does not have carbs, alternator, or starter.

Will this 88 engine bolt in, or do I have to do some modification?
Will my carbs fit on the 88 engine?
Is there any pitfalls I need to know?
Are the charging systems the same?
Starters the same?

Thanks Mike



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Re: Engine compatibility

Post by Erdeniz Umman » Fri Sep 07, 2018 8:42 am

The starter system and starter itself is different.

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Re: Engine compatibility

Post by GlimWas » Sat Sep 08, 2018 4:28 pm

Personnaly i would try to get a newer motor. An '88 might come with the same problem, as the newer ones from i believe '95 and later (correct me if i'm wrong) have modifications to the gearbox to prevent your problem........ The first 1500's used other carbs too, don't know if that will cause any problems....
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Re: Engine compatibility

Post by ct1500 » Sat Sep 08, 2018 5:36 pm

Use your '94 starter, alternator and carbs. Intake manifolds will need to be swapped because of changes in vacuum line ports. Water pump will have to be changed due to bypass hose changes and the gear sensor behind front cover will also need to be installed off the '94 into the '88 engine.
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Re: Engine compatibility

Post by Mike Over » Tue Sep 11, 2018 1:48 pm

Thanks for the help, I'm going to look for a newer engine, I think that is the better approach.

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Re: Engine compatibility

Post by Mh434 » Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:43 am

If I recall correctly, ‘97 onwards have a much stouter shift fork system (taken from the Valkyrie), not subject to the shift fork failures of earlier models. That’s why I chose my ‘97 SE.

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Re: Engine compatibility

Post by AZgl1800 » Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:25 am

Mh434 wrote:
Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:43 am
If I recall correctly, ‘97 onwards have a much stouter shift fork system (taken from the Valkyrie), not subject to the shift fork failures of earlier models. That’s why I chose my ‘97 SE.
this is true plus the rear driveshaft is stronger for the 97 and later.


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