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just a quick quistion--- how do the cylinders look? can you still see any hash marks on the walls?

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I merged the 2nd thread into this thread so it will all be in one thread. Splitting threads on a rebuild makes it darn near impossible to follow along.

I also modified the title to make it clear that this is a high mileage bike, there is a lot of interest in how many miles our bikes can go. And this one will be another notch in proving that these engines are tough in spite of bad treatment.

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thanks az 1500
just reread the hole thing again. so my question has already been answered .
now with biggie question-- how many will she go?

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I'm betting it has another 100,000 or 200,000 miles left in it.

Just takes some half decent maintenance to keep these things running, and running, and ...................

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I`m inclind to go a long with that

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I'm betting it has another 100,000 or 200,000 miles left in it.
Just takes some half decent maintenance to keep these things running, and running, and ...................
These engines should go quite a ways if they are taken care of. I don't have any experience on the motorcycle side of things, but I've (my sister included) have had a couple of Mazdas and Toyotas that went well in the 200's (my sister's Tercel @345) without any major maintenance done. They were in need, but those were engines of comparable size andpulling a few thousand pounds more through those miles.

With that said, these engines really don't have a workload to them (when comparing the same CC's to cars), they should go quite a ways if used and taken care of.

My main STead now is a Honda ST1100.
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I don't have any experience with rebuilding wings, but I can give you a heads up on my experience doing a valve job on a 1963 Ford Thunderbird with a 390. The car ran great, but it smoked. Compression was reasonable and the assumption was that the valve job would fix it right up. So I did the valve job. It cleared up the smoking and improved compression too. What a deal. About three hundred miles down the road it blew a rod. No warning, or should I say about 10 seconds warning. I heard a faint ticking sound, as I turned the radio down to hear it better it got progressivly louder real fast. I reached for the key and it blew before I could shut it off. I will say that I was on the German Autobahn at the time and probably driving around 100 mph but I did that every day over there. My only explanation is that the engine had been wearing evenly and so the worn rod bearings were working perfectly with the lowered compression. Once the compression was raised closer to original specs the worn rod bearings could no longer hold the load. Not trying to rain on anyones parade, but thought it might not hurt to think about this possability. I am interested to see how far these things will go too, so please keep us informed.

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There was a post here a couple of years ago linking to an ebay auction of a mid 90's 1500 with over 500,000 miles (not km) on the odometer.
Seller said it ran OK.

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Quick question, kinda related. just bought a 96 1500SE and have NO goldwing tech experience. Been Harley on my life and finally got a GREAT bike. How many years up and down from my 96 will parts interchange, both body parts and engine parts? thanks Ed

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Great update,glad to hear the repair is coming along good and anxiously awaiting the outcome.

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