Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Arvada, Colorado, USA
Model: 83 Aspencade
RhinoWing, I'll be watching your thread closely. I'm working on the same process, 1983 Gl1100A. On the runners, I think Capt. Midnight has tested quite a few different scenarios, and he advocates the 1in steel runners. I'm going to start with that. On the throttle linkage, it appears to me that a lot of guys have opted for the Uni-link, so I went ahead and ordered one.
The big challenge, as far as I can see, is adding the heat properly, as advocated by Tom Langdon. I'm working on a couple of adaptors that would fit into the water system, adding hot water to an exchanger welded to the bottom of the manifold. To build these fittings and the heat exchanger, I bought two four-foot sections of aluminum pipe from Online Metals, and a spare set of water pipes and stock connections that fit on top of the motor. My plan is to adapt the piece directly behind the thermostat, either through welding or through drilling and tapping it, and fitting a hose to that connector. That hose will then feed the input side of the welded heat exchanger, followed by an output to the standard connector (appropriately modified) that sits between the spark plugs. Capt Midnight has a few photos of his solution, and I'm going to copy it, with the exception of the bent pipe (I don't have a bender), and I'm going to push water through the heat exchanger, not balance it as Capt Midnight did. We'll see if I can figure out the welding side of this whole equation. Post pictures as you go, I'd like to learn from others experience, rather than reinvent the wheel, so to speak. Thx!!
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