GOLDWING HOW-TO ARTICLES and VIDEOS
Articles on various aspects of Honda Goldwing motorcycle repair and maintenance. Remember to take all necessary safety precautions and wear the relevant safety clothing and equipment before tackling any mechanical work on your Goldwing. If you are unsure, then ask your local safety expert first. If you have doubts about your own ability to do the job properly, then just pay someone who is competent to work on Goldwings. These articles are supplied for reference only and show how the authors did the particular tasks on their Goldwings. It's a good idea to follow the procedures in your Honda Goldwing workshop manual and just use articles for entertainment purposes.
All of these Goldwing articles include photos, and many also have a video at the end of the page. If you only want to see the Goldwing videos, they are available on our Youtube Channel here: http://www.youtube.com/user/stevesaundersireland
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Replacing Timing Belts on a GL1200
Fitting new timing belts to a Honda GL1200 Goldwing. Covers removal of the GL1200 Goldwing saddle, faux tank/shelter, lower faring panels, radiator, timing belt covers and removal and replacement of the timing belts. Video tutorial also available from this page.
Fitting a Utopia Backrest to GL1800's, all models.
Utopia backrest fitting to GL1800 Goldwings, all models including those with heated seats. Video tutorial also available from this page.
GL1200 Engine Removal
Removing the engine from a GL1200. Shows engine removal from a GL1200 Standard, the procedure is similar on all GL1200 models. Also shows removal of the saddle, faux tank, radiator, timing belt covers, camshaft pulley and other components. Video tutorial also available from this page.
GL1200 Stator Replacement
Removing the stator on a GL1200, after the engine has been removed (the link to the engine removal article is here). Shows removal and replacement of the GL1200 engines rear cover and stator. Video tutorial also available from this page.
Forks Removal from a GL1500
How to remove the forks from a Honda GL1500 Goldwing.
GL1200 Carburettor Sync/Balancing
Balancing Carburettors on any GL1200 model, 1984-87. Video tutorial also available from this page.
Replacing Timing Belts on a GL1500
Fitting new timing belts to a Honda GL1500 Goldwing. Covers removal of the GL1500 Goldwing lower faring panels and cowl, timing belt covers and removal and replacement of the timing belts.
GL1500 Fourth Gear Fix
Bobby Newhouse's 4th gear repair on his GL1500 Goldwing.
The GL1500 LCD clock running fast/slow problem. How goldwingfacts.com member jfairman fixed it on his GL1500.
Replacing a GL1800 (2006 and later non-airbag models) Goldwing Air Filter
This tutorial covers removal of the saddle, meter panel, top shelter, reverse module, ECM and mounting base, air filter lid and filter from GL1800 Goldwing non-airbag models from 2006 onwards. Video tutorial also available from this page.
Shows how to remove and unplug the meter panel and tweeters on GL1800 models from 2006. Video tutorial also available from this page.
Making GL1800 "Key-Knobs"
Paul Norrod's excellent article on making fuel door and pocket "key-knobs" for a GL1800 Goldwing.
Recovering GL1800 Keys locked in Fairing Pocket
It happens to most of us at some stage. How to rescue your GL1800 keys after accidentally locking them in the right side fairing pocket. Video tutorial (in high and low resolution versions) also available from this page.
GL1500 Lower Fairing Panels Removal
How to remove the lower fairing panels and cowl from a GL1500 Goldwing.
Fitting a Progressive 450 Shock to a GL1500
Removal of a GL1500 left side shock and fitting a Progressive 450.
GL1500 Final Drive and Drive shaft Removal
Removing the final drive and drive shaft from a GL1500 Goldwing. Also shows how to remove the saddlebags and rear wheel.
GL1500 Audio Console Removal
Removal of the audio unit and console from a Honda Goldwing GL1500.
GL1200 Goldwing Stator Testing
Submitted by Neil, one of our forum members. Shows you how to test the stator on a GL1200 Goldwing.
GL1500 Rear Wheel Removal
Removal of the rear wheel from a Honda Goldwing GL1500. Also covers saddlebag removal.
GL1500 Steering Bearings Replacement
This article shows how to fit new steering head bearings to a GL1500 Goldwing and covers removal of the front wheel, brake calipers, front fender, rotor covers, forks, turn signal canceller unit, upper bridge, handlebars and steering stem.
Making DIY Goldwing Intercom Headsets, by Ron Wylie
Covers the items to buy and making up the motorcycle headsets for your Goldwing.
GL1500 Front Brake Pad Replacement
How to fit new front brake pads to a GL1500 Goldwing.
Fitting Hondaline CB Radio To GL1800 Goldwing
Covering removal of the GL1800 Goldwing saddle, meter panel, tank shelter and fitting the CB radio and re-assembly. The video tutorial in the Replacing a GL1800 Air Filter article covers removal of the shelter on pre-2006 models.
GL1100 Starter Motor Refresh
Cleaning the internals of a sluggish Honda GL1100 Starter Motor. Covers removal, stripdown and cleaning of a GL1100 starter motor.
GL1500 Windshield Removal
Covers removal of the windshield on a GL1500 Goldwing.
Polishing Goldwing Wheels
Explains how to clean up your Goldwings grubby aluminium wheels. A GL1500 Goldwing wheel gets the treatment in this article.
300,000 Mile GL1500 Cylinder Heads Refurb
This follows much of GLGREZMONKI (Jim's) progress as he worked on the Honda GL1500 engine.
GL1800 Anti-Dive Fix, by Paul Hopewell
Paul shows how he fixed the sticking anti-dive on his GL1800.
GL1500 Headlight Bulb Replacement
Covers GL1500 headlight and turn signal removal. Also shows how to remove the windshield garnish and trim.
GL1500 Starter Motor Repair
This article shows how to remove, dismantle and refurbish a sluggish GL1500 starter motor. Three-part video tutorial also available from this page
Covers opening the right handlebar switch housing, throttle grip removal, cruise SET and starter/reverse button removal and repair of the starter/reverse button.
GL1500 Carburettor Balancing
Shows you how to synchronize the carburettors on a GL1500 Goldwing. Also shows removal of the lower fairing panels and cowl. Video tutorial also available from this page.
GL1500 Engine Oil and Filter Change
Shows you how to drain and replace the engine oil and filter on a GL1500. Also covers removal of the lower fairing cowl.
GL1500 Front Wheel Removal
Covers removal and replacement of the front wheel rotor covers, brake calipers, wheel trim, front axle and wheel on a GL1500 Goldwing.
GL1500 Goldwing Air Filter Replacement
Shows removal and refitting of the radio console and air filter on a GL1500 Goldwing.
GL1500 Goldwing Swingarm Replacement
Covers removal of the GL1500 saddlebags, mufflers, shocks, rear wheel, final drive, drive shaft, universal joint and swingarm.
Elman Extra trunk fitted to a GL1800 Goldwing
The additional Italian made trunk shown being fitted to a Honda GL1800 Goldwing.
GL1100 Goldwing Cruise Control
Submitted by Ben, one of our forum members who made his own GL1100 Goldwing Cruise Control.
Renovating Honda GL1500 Goldwing Trunk Badge
Covers removal of the badge, taking the lacquer off and reconditioning the badge on a GL1500 Goldwing.
Fitting Hondaline CB Antenna to a GL1800 Goldwing
Covering drilling the trunk mounting holes, removal and refitting of the trunk pocket and fitting the antenna to the GL1800 Goldwing. Video tutorial also available from this page.
Fitting Kuryakyn ISO Grips to a GL1800 Goldwing
This covers removal of (without cutting off) the stock grips and fitting the new ones to the GL1800 Goldwing. Video tutorial also available from this page.
GL1200 Goldwing Stripdown
Gambler's GL1200 Goldwing restoration. Shows the teardown of the GL1200 engine and gearbox and various frame and body parts.
Replacing a GL1800 (pre-2006) Goldwing Air Filter
This tutorial covers removal of the saddle, top shelter, reverse module, ECM and mounting base, air filter lid and filter from GL1800 Goldwing models, pre-2006. Video tutorial also available from this page.
Fitting Showchrome Foglights to a GL1800 Goldwing
This covers removal of the lower cowl, left side fairing light control panel and fitting of the foglights and relevant wiring from your GL1800 Goldwing. This procedure also generally applies to other makes of foglights fitted to the pre-2006 GL1800. Video tutorial also available from this page.
Fitting a Utopia Backrest to a GL1800Goldwing
Describes the easier than you may think job of fitting a Utopia backrest to a GL1800 Goldwing. Video tutorial also available from this page.
GL1800 Goldwing Rubbing Trunk Lid Fix
Covers the simple job of curing the rubbing trunk lid on some GL1800 Goldwings.
Replacing the ECM on a GL1800Goldwing
Covers removal of the existing Goldwing ECM, fitting the new one and initializing the unit on the GL1800, pre-2006 models. The video tutorial in the Replacing a GL1800 Air Filter article also covers removal of the shelter and ECM on pre-2006 models.
Fitting Hondaline Heated Grips To a GL1800Goldwing
Covers removal of the Honda Goldwing stock grips and fitting of the heated ones to the GL1800 Goldwing, pre-2006 models.
Fitting New GL1500 Goldwing Mufflers
Covering removal of the lower cowls and mufflers and fitting new Honda mufflers to the GL1500 Goldwing.
Fitting Hondaline CD Player To GL1800 Goldwing
Covers removal of the GL1800 Goldwing saddle, trunk, rear licence plate panel and fitting the CD player and re-assembly.
Fitting A GL1800 Goldwing Windshield Garnish
Covers removal of the front fairing garnish and fitting the new item to the GL1800 Goldwing.
Fitting Hondaline GL1800 Rotor Covers
Covering removal of the GL1800 Goldwing front fender and side pieces, rust proofing the new rotor covers and fitting them to the GL1800 Goldwing, pre-2006 model.
Fitting GL1800 Goldwing Exhaust Turndowns
Covering removal of the existing turndowns and fitting of new ones to the Honda GL1800 Goldwing.
Accident repairs, the basics
Covering motorcycle dent repair, filling, priming and painting.
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