'76 GL1000, new to the forum, looking for a part source


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'76 GL1000, new to the forum, looking for a part source

Post by Saltspringer » Mon Oct 22, 2018 2:27 pm



Hi, I have just bought a 1976 GL1000. It appears to be in good shape, the paint is faded and I will repaint this winter, but it all looks to be there.


The previous owner pulled the engine and primed and painted the frame; he polished the engine, although (thankfully) did not split the engine block. The instruments have been replaced so the mileage is unknown but the overall wear and tear on the bike looks modest, so I am assuming it is low.... I am pulling the ancillaries off and checking things over. There are some wiring bodges that need to be cleaned up but overall I am happy.

I have ordered probably the usual things that everyone does at the start of a refresh; seat cover, caliper pistons, brake pads, belts, oil filter etc, but I need to find the two rubber rings that sit inside the chrome instrument housings, to isolate the tach and speedo from vibration.

Mine have crumbled away almost to dust and, despite my best efforts, I can't find anyone that has them. Does anyone know where I could track two down?

I am fabricating a replacement exhaust system. The original had obviously decayed away and the previous owner found a GL1100 system that he purchased but did not fit. I looked at it last night and, to be honest, it's in pretty rough shape so I am not going to spend too much time on it. I would prefer to fabricate something new. As the project comes together I will post a couple of picture. I don't want to make anything too radical, I just love the look of the original, wire wheeled GL1000.

If there are any Canadian GW owners on the list in Victoria/Vancouver area please feel free to send me a personal message. I don't know anyone else with one of these bikes and am always interested in talking with others who have had their bikes for awhile.

Cheers

Andy


1976 Honda GL1000, a new purchase.....
1980 Moto Morini 500, 1960 BMW R60/2, 1972 BMW R60/5, 1973 BMW R75/5, all running and ridden through the summer.

1946 Harley WL45, three years in....
1960 Triumph TR3A sports car, many boxes.....

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Post by landisr » Mon Oct 22, 2018 4:44 pm

Congrats. Pretty bike. Search here and elsewhere online for information on adapting Harley Sportster mufflers. They can usually be found like new and cheap. They look and apparently sound good, and aren't difficult to mount. You just need to fabricate short adapter pipes between the header pipes and mufflers.

If you need the little black plastic caps that hide the handlebar bolts, just go to a Kawasaki shop and pick up or order ones for an '86 Concourse. Of course, they must have a bit of gold dust in them :twisted: but at least they are available. 8-)

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Post by SnoBrdr » Mon Oct 22, 2018 7:09 pm

+1 on the HD mufflers.

I have them on mine altho I do have an almost perfect OEM set for my 78.

The HD mufflers go right on the headers with only a small adapter needed.

Make or buy a set of brackets for support and you are all done.

Never heard of any source for the rubbers tho. You might have to fabricate those as well.

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Post by Fred Camper » Mon Oct 22, 2018 8:17 pm

Crumbling rubber is rare, so buy another set of clocks cheep and you can most likely get good rubber bits. If a bike sits near an air compressor, the ozone from the arch does the rubber in, but it is somewhat rare so most clocks have good rubber.

If you are not in a hurry, PM me an address and perhaps I can figure out how to mail a set across the boarder.

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Post by fatalbert » Mon Oct 22, 2018 10:52 pm

Look on ebay for cb500 speedometer rubber from Everett Power Sports. I bought two as replacements for a 75 Gl1000 for less than $40 for two. Will fit speed and tac.

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Post by Saltspringer » Tue Oct 23, 2018 12:37 am

fatalbert wrote:
Mon Oct 22, 2018 10:52 pm
Look on ebay for cb500 speedometer rubber from Everett Power Sports. I bought two as replacements for a 75 Gl1000 for less than $40 for two. Will fit speed and tac.
Thanks very much Fatalbert, I have just ordered the parts from Everett Power Sports. Appreciate the advice offered today regarding the exhaust. I have a few ideas and will post pictures of what eventually gets built.
1976 Honda GL1000, a new purchase.....
1980 Moto Morini 500, 1960 BMW R60/2, 1972 BMW R60/5, 1973 BMW R75/5, all running and ridden through the summer.

1946 Harley WL45, three years in....
1960 Triumph TR3A sports car, many boxes.....

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Post by Old Fogey » Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:11 am

If you don't know the service history for absolutely sure, CHANGE THE CAM BELTS! These are interferrence engines and if a belt lets go, at the least you are looking for new valves. At the worst, you are looking for another engine!

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Post by Saltspringer » Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:11 pm

Hi Old Fogey,

Good advice, I have heard similar warnings from a couple of other sources too. I went ahead and put a set of Gates belts on, together with two new idler tensioners. The bearings in the originals sounded loose and I was surprised to feel how tight the new ones were.

So far I have been going over the bike carefully and have been cleaning and checking stuff over. I found a few things that needed to be fixed and replaced a few bits of dubious wiring. The cam covers will go on today and then the radiator and fan can be refitted. I am waiting for a front caliper seals kit to arrive and then the brakes can be reassembled. The instrument faces were pretty faded so when a pair of replacement faces get here the clocks can be reassembled and refitted. I went with a set of flatter bars so a friend machined in the slots needed to chase the wiring through. I am waiting on a a replacement seat cover from B and H in Florida and then I can finish the seat. The foam is in good shape and the pan braced in a couple of spots and repainted.

I am going to put a set of Norton peashooter exhausts on and will be making the suitable transitions to allow that to happen. The bike is a 1976, however when I bought it it came with a exhaust from a 1978/1979 Goldwing. They are slightly different and I could make it work, but in the end it is probably easier to just go with the Norton style exhaust.

Has any one else done this? Any advice?

Finally I need to address replacement direction indicators. Has anyone got any good ideas, sources that I should look at? I am interested in looking at original replacements or LED substitutes.

All advice gratefully received!

Cheers

Andy
1976 Honda GL1000, a new purchase.....
1980 Moto Morini 500, 1960 BMW R60/2, 1972 BMW R60/5, 1973 BMW R75/5, all running and ridden through the summer.

1946 Harley WL45, three years in....
1960 Triumph TR3A sports car, many boxes.....

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Re: '76 GL1000, new to the forum, looking for a part source

Post by landisr » Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:56 pm

For the front turn signals, I used handlebar mounted units from a Kawasaki KZ550. They are dual filament just like the stockers. But space might be a bit tight if you went with flatter bars...

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Post by Saltspringer » Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:34 am

Mmmmm... not sure I have the space to go this route.

This may be a dumb question but does anyone know the thread spec on the original front fork mounts? I have the drilled holes (obviously) but cannot find a bolt that fits it...

I would like to use the original mounting holes to fit my new indicators, whatever I end up buying.

Cheers

Andy
1976 Honda GL1000, a new purchase.....
1980 Moto Morini 500, 1960 BMW R60/2, 1972 BMW R60/5, 1973 BMW R75/5, all running and ridden through the summer.

1946 Harley WL45, three years in....
1960 Triumph TR3A sports car, many boxes.....

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Post by landisr » Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:51 pm

Here is the link for the exploded view of the front ts bolt or stem, and the part # and price as well. Unfortunately, no thread spec.. :roll:

http://shop.westernhonda.com/fiche_sect ... fveh=13026

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Post by Saltspringer » Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:55 pm

Many thanks Landisr, greatly appreciate the link. I will make some further inquiries...

Cheers

Andy


1976 Honda GL1000, a new purchase.....
1980 Moto Morini 500, 1960 BMW R60/2, 1972 BMW R60/5, 1973 BMW R75/5, all running and ridden through the summer.

1946 Harley WL45, three years in....
1960 Triumph TR3A sports car, many boxes.....

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