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Or in my case, trying to buy it.

Well folks! Thanks for all of your inputs. I wish I could say, "job done"! Unfortunately, it turns out the smoke initially was residual oil in the exhaust pipes, but the STEAM that is coming out of the exhaust is definitely engine coolant. My coolant bottle was topped off twice, and just after 30 minutes of idling, and heavy steam, the coolant level dropped by about 1/2 a quart. So she's burning coolant.

I'm certain it's the head gasket(s). I don't know which one, but I'm gonna replace them both anyways. So it will be a little while longer before she's actually usable on the road. And since I will be removing both heads (looks to be a fairly simple job to me), I might as well replace the timing belts.

Are there any GL1200 mods that I should know about since both heads will be off?


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Thinking of converting the old gal into a naked GL1200. Do any of you have some ideas with video or photo? I'm fair working with fiberglass, although I'm not artist. LOL But certainly interested in shaving off a few pounds from the ole fatty....

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These are old pics. You can check out the nakid wings site for more ideas.
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Holy crap! That's freaking AWESOME! I love the first pic (black one). That's inspiring me to copy that one. Man I wish I could see video of how they molded the fake-tank to look so rounded. You say that's primarily done with fiberglass? The rest looks pretty straight forward, basically removing the bags and trunk and their supports. The engine cleanup will take some work. But the tank looks to be the most laborious. Definitely worth a shot though. With that much weight reduction, the GL1200 should pretty much scream, giving most (if not all) of the Harley's out there a damn tough time. I like the short pipe on the other naked.

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The first one is just a standard 1200 false tank cover.not modified,( look like that from here)
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The first one is just a standard 1200 false tank cover.not modified,( look like that from here)
Hereís my 82 standard.
Not bad at all....I think I like the seat on the black one though. If you still have this bike, you should consider a seat like that.

The black one looks as though the tank was rounded. I'll have to look again.

On a side note, is it common that GL1200's loose head gaskets leading to coolant burning? I got to thinking about the oil crank case when it was completely full of fuel and oil. I wonder if coolant might have been in the crank case as well. So I'm a little concerned that the engine block itself might be cracked if it doesn't turn out to be a head gasket. Ever heard of a GL1200 engine block cracking (cylinder wall)?

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You just never know about head gaskets,some run a long time ,mostly I think that are run on a regular basis will outlast ones tha set,.i had a 75 1000 that had to have the gaskets replaced but none of the other 5 never needed it done.
Go with OEM gaskets,as much trouble as they are to change,donít cut corners,there one bolt way down low that is hard to see.
I donít think Iíve ever heard of a wing cracking a cylinder.if it were cracked,I donít think it would blow water but might be coolant in the oil?
What you see is typical wing blown head gasket,with the front off to do the belts you might replace the water pump,some time when the WP goes you might see oil or water coming out the weep hole in the pump cover.

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