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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-23-2019, 09:53 PM Thread Starter
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New member, new problems

Hey all, my name's Erich. Been a lurker here for a while now but I've finally been running into some unique trouble and I thought I'd finally post here. I bought a GL1200A with a faulty stator in late April. Pulled the engine out and replaced it myself. Just got the engine back after many struggles with finding free time. The bike has seen better days and I'm gonna try to use it as restoration project. In terms of aesthetics: 5/10. The front fairing was cheaply blacked out, along with most of the bike. The exhausts have been replaced with these heavy Harley Screamin' Eagles, held on by a bent metal ruler and a bolt!

The biggest problem right now is that there is white smoke coming out from under the front fairing. The smoke isn't very thick and I think it might be coming from the radiator but I'm not certain, its white and it smells like plastic(?) burning. My guess is coolant steam from the radiator. The radiator cap overflows when I take it off and run the engine. Coolant also oozes to the bottom of the radiator and from the top too. No smoke from the exhaust. Finally the radiator fan isn't turning on, but I believe its plugged in correctly. I think I may have put in too much coolant. When I went to refill the coolant, I put coolant into the reservoir before I put it into the system; that said the reservoir hasn't overflowed yet.

Also I've been having a problem with the idle where the bike is idling at 1380rpm warm. It cold starts at 1200rpm and then climbs up. Sometimes the bike will stall when I activate the choke. So far these are the only problems. I'll re-post this into the appropriate topic later, but I just wanted to get this out of the way.

Well there's my crazy adventure! Please let me know if any of you have any ideas!
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-24-2019, 12:30 AM
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