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Question Cracked Frame Dilemma GL1800

Okay so here's my dilemma. I have a 2001 GL1800. The bike has been very good to me. A lot of Oil and Tires. I love it . I have over 350,000 miles on this Beast and it's been all over the place . And whether I'm riding with a group or off on my own for a couple weeks I've always felt that I have something reliable with me that will get me home or to help. Just returned from a trip to glacier Nat Park and Yellowstone. and i was going to replace the rear shock. Surprise!! this is what i found. The bike has a cracked frame in two places . on the left side. Didn't check the other side yet. Yikes!!! Thought it was a little loose in the turns ;-) The frame has been repaired once before. I'm contemplating what to do. I can have it repaired again (Welded). Or Winter's coming and it would be a good time to just swap the frame out with another one. If I decide to do the swap. Do I look for a frame that is from an 01 to 03. Or do I go with a later frame 04 and on. The later frames supposedly has beefier welds etc . Is there any problem using a later frame on an earlier GL1800. I notice the PN: are slightly different.
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2001-2005 all have the same frame, IIRC...

mine is the '02 and so far, no cracks at 114,000 miles.

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Is the recall not still in effect?

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Here's a copy of the recall notice: http://www.justwings.com/uploads/SB-...Inspection.pdf
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Thanks . So you think that for the Gen 1 bikes there is a difference from 05 onward
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Okay so here's my dilemma. I have a 2001 GL1800. The bike has been very good to me. A lot of Oil and Tires. I love it . I have over 350,000 miles on this Beast and it's been all over the place . And whether I'm riding with a group or off on my own for a couple weeks I've always felt that I have something reliable with me that will get me home or to help. Just returned from a trip to glacier Nat Park and Yellowstone. and i was going to replace the rear shock. Surprise!! this is what i found. The bike has a cracked frame in two places . on the left side. Didn't check the other side yet. Yikes!!! Thought it was a little loose in the turns ;-) The frame has been repaired once before. I'm contemplating what to do. I can have it repaired again (Welded). Or Winter's coming and it would be a good time to just swap the frame out with another one. If I decide to do the swap. Do I look for a frame that is from an 01 to 03. Or do I go with a later frame 04 and on. The later frames supposedly has beefier welds etc . Is there any problem using a later frame on an earlier GL1800. I notice the PN: are slightly different.
Do you have pictures of where it broke. Most of them cracked where the tube was welded to the swingarm casting. I did see some where the tube itself broke. If that is the case or even if it cracked by the casting joint why not repair it? The casting could be rewelded and gusseted where it was strnger than new. If the tube failed balogna cut a tube that will slide over it and weld that up. Way easier than replacing the frame on a bike with 325K Miles..
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Okay so here's my dilemma. . I'm contemplating what to do..
I don't see a dilemma or much to contemplate. Take it to the dealer and let Honda pay for it.

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I don't see a dilemma or much to contemplate. Take it to the dealer and let Honda pay for it.
That may depend on who did the previous repair? If it was done thru the recall/warranty program , yes I would take it back to mother H. If it done at some road side shop I expect Mother H would nix it.

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When the frame crack start happening there was places on some frames that developed cracks that was not in the Honda recall. I didn't keep up with the recall after I sold my 02 but is Honda covering cracks no matter where they occur?


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Being that it’s on 01 you might at least try for warranty repair. When I left the dealership level in 07 Honda was very specific about the frame recall. Since then more 1800’s have had more cracked frames in various locations. Traditional cracking around the upper shock area is associated with overloading but that decision will be up to Honda. I say give it a try. The dealer will want to take pictures and contact American Honda. It’s their call not the dealers.
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