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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-09-2017, 04:58 PM Thread Starter
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I have purchased a 1999 GL 1500 SE, one of those deals too good to be true, that has been setting for several years. On attempting to start it, I narrowed the problem to the fuel pump not running. It was getting power but not pumping. I pulled the pump out of the tank and I have never seen anything so corroded. I can only imagine what the carburetors look like. It will be a while before I go riding and I will be reading a lot of posts in the meantime. I don't want my money back....yet. Jim
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lots of help on here to get you started, I just approved your thread.

the 1500 is a super great bike, and relatively easy to work on, once you get the plastics out of the way
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C'mon! You can clean that up. Some CLR and a tooth brush, and shazaam!, you're back in business...

...Or not.

You would be wise to clean the entire system, from tank to intake manifolds, before you try to start that bike. Really.

Anyway, welcome to the forum.
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Welcome to the forum. I'm doing exactly the same thing to my 1200. It had been off the road for 10 years before I bought it. I'm going through the carbs now. Next is change the cam belts and new radiator hoses. Then clean the tank, it looks about like yours. Then the brakes and clutch hydraulics along with pull the drive shaft and lube the splines and u-joint. Then wrap it up with new tires, wheel bearings and shock oil. At that point I will have $1600 in it and it should be road worthy.
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aftermarket fuel pump with an inline pressure regulator is the cheaper way- and totally fine to do- of replacing that fuel pump
Think 80s chevy 350 swap to electric fuel pump- with that round knob 3-6 psi regulator
The old guy at autozone will know what you need.

there are probably threads on here, use the search - the bottom of the 2 windows, try GL1500 fuel pump
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Hallo jimbotucson

Welcome on this nice forum. Wish you al the best.
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Welcome here, Jim. You will have a great sense of accomplishment after you change/repair the pump when you turn the key on and press the start button.....vroooooom. If it does.
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When you get to the point of ready to start it up, an AGM style battery is the ticket.
Wet cell battery owners often have to release the start button in order for enough power to reach the plugs- its tricky.

With an AGM you have so much extra CCA that starting is never an issue
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I got lucky. The rest of the fuel system was clean except for the pump nozzles. I dissassembled the vacuum operated flow valve which stops the fuel from reaching the carbs when the engine is not running. It was perfectly clean. I poured gas into the line going to the carbs and started the bike. It ran perfectly after warming up. I think what happened back when, is the fuel pump stopped working and the engine ran until the carb bowls were empty. More gas and probably some additives were added to the tank in futile attempts to start it. It was parked in 2011 and what was left in the tank corroded the pump and tank as in the previous picture while the rest of the fuel system was left high and dry. I cleaned the tank and got my new fuel pump in the mail today. I hope to be riding by the weekend. Jim
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