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I'm looking forward to when you fire that joker up and we have to help diagnose carb problems
Not that I'm knocking it's quality, but I see that some o-rings and a few screws and washers for your carbs were easily the biggest single expenditure for your bike, even without the $30 video, so I'll say it again. Carb kits are way overpriced for what they are.
Yes, those are some mighty expensive o-rings. The most expensive single item I bought. Not sure what else to do. Seems that those carbs have to be precise to make the bike run. That and the ignition system. I am sort of looking forward to dialing in this bike. An awful lot of people rave about a well running gl1000
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Head gaskets twice as costly than rings?

Love chasing white lines but they are difficult to catch.Hate drivers with no STOPLIGHTS.

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Very satisfying thing to do. I did a total rebuild on a 1980 GL1100 a few years ago. Took it down to bare frame, replaced, repaired, and painted each part that needed it. All screws and bolts cleaned and buffed, all chrome and aluminum polished. Took some scrounging and Ebay to get all the parts needed. Carb rebuild and adjusting was interesting. Anyway in the end I ended up with what looked and ran like a new bike. I made some money selling it but not much profit if you consider time spent on the bike. I wanted to do a chassis up restoration on a model A but I couldn't really afford that. The project on the 1100 was very satisfying to me as I'm sure it is with you.
Yes, it is very satisfying, but I am almost there. I still need to Dial it in to make it run as good as it looks. I did the bike because I just don't have the room to do my first love, C3 corvettes. But I have enough room to do a bike. I promise there are more in the future. Since I tend to never sell my stuff, I have to come eye to eye with the wife who wonders why any one person needs four motorcycles? If you have to ask, you will never understand
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Head gaskets twice as costly than rings?
The PO gave me a full engine gasket set, so I didn't have to spend a couple of hundred dollars on the gaskets. But even though I had some head gaskets, I decided to buy some genuine Honda head gaskets. They were a bit pricey

I got the rings off the internet. I actually broke one when installing them and the guy who sold them to me sent me another set for no charge
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Yep putting the 2 sides together and getting the rings into the piston is time consuming,the taper on the cylinder is handy for getting the rings in.

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That's an odd thought... I never considered having several bikes at one time unusual. How many bikes a man should have is just as silly as asking how many guns a person should have. Every different one handles and performs differently and that goes for both. It used to feel good to go into my old shop and look at my Goldwing collecton. Same thing now when I open up my safe and decide which piece is going to the range that day. Guns, bikes, boats, Jeeps, why not you only go around once and I'm getting to where I can see the end of the road in the distance. Gotta have all the toys you can get.
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Put some air in those forks!

Wajulia, check out these customized fork tube caps, allows you to convert standard forks to "air assist" forks...my '79 had them added already when I bought it, along with rear air shocks...IMHO this is the best upgrade one can give the GL1000..air suspension front & rear!!
These fittings are very hard to come by, but I see a NOS pair on EBay right now, $50.00..
attached is a pic of the Ebay ones (each has a Schrader valve), plus a pic of the style I have, which includes an a pressure gauge, and an equalizer tube between the two caps (one Schrader valve!) Air suspension turns the GL1000 from a stodgy handler into a nimble mountain goat!
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Alternatively a pair of Progressive fork springs sure made my '80 Standard Wing handle nicely. It had air valves for the forks but after the Progressives were installed I never needed to put any air in the forks. I like that for two reasons, one, the much better handling and also the lesser pressure on the fork seals which was likely to cause them to last longer without leaks.
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Been getting the bike ready to start, in just a few more days.

Filled all the fluids, except for gas. The bike is currently in my basement so I don't want any gas in it.

Filled it with fresh anti-freeze. Two leaks, the first was just a clamp that was put on crooked, the second was from one of the coolant tubes on top the block. Seems I pinched an o-ring putting it together. Replaced the o-ring and everything is dry.

Filled it with oil. That let me crank the starter a few times. After about the third push the oil pressure warning light went out.

I will try to fill the float bowls up with gas by pouring it in the output hose of the fuel pump, than give it a try. It looks like it will be this Friday if the weather holds.

Going to film and post the whole thing.
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Wajulia, check out these customized fork tube caps, allows you to convert standard forks to "air assist" forks...my '79 had them added already when I bought it, along with rear air shocks...IMHO this is the best upgrade one can give the GL1000..air suspension front & rear!!
These fittings are very hard to come by, but I see a NOS pair on EBay right now, $50.00..
attached is a pic of the Ebay ones (each has a Schrader valve), plus a pic of the style I have, which includes an a pressure gauge, and an equalizer tube between the two caps (one Schrader valve!) Air suspension turns the GL1000 from a stodgy handler into a nimble mountain goat!


I will look into this after I shake down the bike. A winter project on it already!!
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