Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Monrovia, Maryland, USA
Model: GL1800, GL1000
A quick update
I got the new valve, I lapped all the valves and will be putting the heads back together over the weekend with new valve seals. I decided not to have the valve seats machined. The lapping looked really good, so I will just leave them all alone
I am going against the popular advice in this room about not opening up the lower end. I know it sounds like I am not listening to good advice, and I really appreciate and respect the advice. I certainly don't want it to stop. Let me explain myself
When we first got the bike I changed all the fluids and started it up. It did start, ran very rough, and burned LOTS of oil. At first I thought that the PO had filled the cylinders with oil to protect it from rust,but it did not stop. Oil coming from both sides.
As the motor sat on the bench, I would rotate the crank for one reason or the other, without the heads, each time the rings would push out a thin line of oil. Clean the Pistons of oil, and the Pistons would just push out more ripples of oil.
So I decided to take a look. I just don't want to put the engine back in the bike just to have to tear it down again. Perhaps a silly decision. Wish me well
So my plan is to leave as much alone as possible. If everything goes well I will hone the cylinders and new rings. Check the bearings, but leave them alone if they measure up right