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I just bought a1986 GL1200 the previous owner had the clutch replaced and after that the slave unit went out and he parked it. I bought the bike and ordered the slave unit and installed it tried to bleed the system and the clutch still wouldn't disengage and I couldn't get any pressure at the lever. So I just put a rebuild kit in the master cylinder and I still cant get anything to happen. This is my first bike so maybe I'm doing something wrong HELP PLEASE!!! THANKS!
 

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Turn the handlebars all the way to the right and, using LOT's of wrags to keep the the brake fluid off the tupperware, crack loose the banjo bolt holding the brake line to the master cylinder and bleed it there. That's the high point of the system and air will get trapped there sometimes.....
 

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BTW.... Welcome to the Site!! Whereabout's in Fla. are you located?? I'm from the Volusia County area....
 

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The clutch lever has a brass barrel with a blind hole in it. If that hole is worn through it will be next to imposible to bleed.
There's also the banjo joint on the front of the master which is a high point and traps air.
 

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The clutch lever has a brass barrel with a blind hole in it. If that hole is worn through it will be next to imposible to bleed.
Ken, If you're talking about the brass pivot bearing in the clutch lever, I've got both a clutch and brake lever here in front of me, (they're both new...) and I can't see what hole yer talking about???

BTW.... They're for an '84 Aspy and won't work on my bike... You want them??
 

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Thanks I will try the banjo bolt, roscoepc I'm in Interlachen not but about an hour from you my daughter races at the track in Volusia.
 

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I know where that's at, both Volusia County Speedway and Interlachen! I was raised in Barberville and presently still have a house in Pierson! I'll try to give you a shout when I go back home!!
 

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Ken, If you're talking about the brass pivot bearing in the clutch lever, I've got both a clutch and brake lever here in front of me, (they're both new...) and I can't see what hole yer talking about???

BTW.... They're for an '84 Aspy and won't work on my bike... You want them??
Here's a picture.
The part circled is 11mm in diameter, 11mm long and has a 5mm hole drilled 9mm deep.
When that hole wears through you have nothing to push in the master cylinder piston.

Thanks for the offer of the levers but I'm not in need of them.
 

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Hmmm... That's interesting Ken cuz that looks nothing like the levers I've got.. The main reason I said these were for a 1984 Aspy is that's what the guy that gave them to me owned... They won't fit my Lted Ed... They won't fit the model in your pic...

I'm now wondering just exactly how many different types of levers there were for the GL1200 run??????
 

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Well Don, maybe the guy lied?
All the levers for the 1200 I've seen utilize the bronze/brass barrel for the hydraulic clutch. It's actually a service point that is overlooked until it's too late. A little spot of grease between the pin and the barrel goes a long way.
As Ken said, once the pin starts to bury into the barrel, you end up with too much freeplay at the master.
 

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Well Don, maybe the guy lied?

Well the guy WAS kinda famous around here for being a full container for Bovine Excrement....... The one on my Ltd looks the same as what Ken posted so I now have NO idea of just what he gave me.....
 

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As far as I know all Goldwings 1984 and later used that basic style of lever as the part number is the same for the bushing.
22885-MB0-006

Of course there are differences in the levers as models with cruise had two micro switches to operate instead of one and 1800's are adjustable but still that same bushing.
 

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It works!! Thanks guys I went out and bled the banjo bolt and it works perfectly. Thanks again!! Roscoepc absolutely let me know when your in town.
 

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For what it's worth I've never found it necessary to bleed at the banjo joint.
I just stand the bike upright, bars turned to the right which gets the piston level and pump the lever flushing the air back into the reservoir.

Also don't trust the sight glass, if you can see the level in the glass the reservoir is about empty.
 

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I'd like to see that!!:weightlifter:
Upright as on two wheels as apposed to leaning on the kickstand.
I'm thinking trying to pump the clutch while doing a wheely would take just a touch more skill than I have.
 

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I had this mental picture of the front wheel pointing skyward!
 
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