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Old 03-28-2010, 09:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My son was given a (project) 1981 GL 1100, has not ran in 8 yrs. He is 18 yrs. old and can't wait to get it going. The gas tank is rust free but am wanting to know how to turn engine over by hand for first time? I always hear of people talking about turning engine over by hand, how is this done?



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Take the spark plugs out. The stator is located on the left side of the bike. Take the small cover off, rotate with a wrench. IIRC it's clockwise, but wait for the other guys to confirm.
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Put it in 5th gear and turn the bike tire. On center stand preferably or just walk the bike forward.
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Put it in 5th gear and turn the bike tire. On center stand preferably or just walk the bike forward.
this is what i do.
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I have tried putting bike in 5th gear with plugs out on center stand and can't get it to turn over. If it is seized what would be the next step, or would this be a good place to stop and keep it for parts? It was a runner when parked years ago.



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I am going to assume that it will roll in neutral, to eliminate froze up brakes or differental. You can try to fill up cylinders with something like ATF. Let it sit for few days and try again. I have heard of people doing that but I dont know about reliability if you do get it running.
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If it has seized from sitting, it can still be a good runner. you can pour penetrating oil , diesel, furnace oil etc into all 4 cylinders & let it sit for a day or 2. than start gently rocking it to break it free. You don't want to go too hard on it though.
Worst case scenario, you pull the heads, put a piece of wood over 1 piston at a time & start smacking them to break them free.
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As stated, pull the plugs and use a light oil...

I would use PB Blaster and let it sit undisturbed for up to a week (undisturbed, except to top it off each day if needed). Let the chemical do its thing.

While your at it, load the carbs full of MMO or SeaFoam and let that sit too. Won't hurt, may need it anyway.

Change-out coolant, flush brakes, etc...

Plenty to do in the mean-time.


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The plug for the stator is on the rear of the engine on the left side. Turn the bolt in the direction you would to tighten it. righty, tighty -- you know. You don't want to turn it such that it would loosen. That bolt coming loose has done some not so insignificant damage to the cover.

If the engine is frozen it can be freed up and with proper treatment and care it will still run a long time. Usually the rings rust and stick to the cylinder wall. Sometimes the entire cylinder is rusty which means there will be even more rust to get rid of. Theoretically most of it will go out the exhaust but some will get in the oil where is can do damage to bearings and cam shafts. lots of flushing of the cylinders and very frequent oil changes should take care of it.

Let us know what you find,

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I have a question just how do you load the carbs with mmo and or seafoam I have a problem and could use that info thanks in advance
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