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I've been through the tutorials on this site and goldwingdocs and there seems to be a difference between the two sites. So, for anyone who has done this, and there are a lot of you, when I change the belts, do I really need to drain the coolant? The tutorial on this site doesn't mention this at all and the other one has you drain the anti freeze and remove the hoses. This site's also doesn't mention removing the spark plugs but if I have to rotate the engine by hand, that of course has to be done. The other sites tutorial says rotate the engine counterclockwise, this one says clockwise.
You can see where my confusion comes from. So asking the experienced ones, do I need to drain the coolant? Also before I start this process, what other parts will I need that aren't covered in the tutorials, I don't want to wait for a week for a surprise part...

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You don't have to remove the radiator to get to the belts on the 15. All earlier models, the belts are behind the radiator.

That said, some have built tools to get the belt covers off without removing the radiator.
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The left front cover is long and takes some time to remove and reinstall because of the hoses there.
I didn't remove the hoses when changing the belts, however if you will change the coolant you may want to remove those radiator hoses.

I removed the spark plugs to turn the crankshaft easily.
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Can be done on any of them without draining the coolant or removing the radiator on 4 cyls. but it is easier and most of the time it needs changed anyway. I have a tool made for removing 1200 timing covers and one I made that will work on 1000s and 1100s.
1500s rotate CCW BTW.
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Trying to avoid dumping the coolant. The bike had all fluids replaced last fall so I didn't want to just toss that out. I don't know if the belts have been changed. None of the service records reflect that so after 17 years and 98500 miles, it's time. I ordered the goodyear belts, found a good deal on them locally. I will probably have to dial up the patience factor in getting out the left cover.
I am thinking this should be easier than when I changed my 1200's belts, I don't see how to get that done with the radiator in the way.

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You can catch the coolant in a clean container and reuse it. I have done that. It would make it a lot easier to get that left cover off and back on with those hoses out of the way.
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When I changed my belts on my 95 1500se I removed the lower radiator hose to make removing the covers easier. Coolant does not cost that much at Wally World, just plan on changing it. I also removed all the spark plugs to make spinning the engine easier (much easier). Got my belts from Amazon for about $15.00 each. My idlers were in good shape, but I bought a used set on EBAY. Job was pretty easy and straight forward. Don't over tighten the idlers. Start it and let it idle with the covers off for about a minute to seat the belts and then retension the idlers.
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